Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten French Fries

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I'm never eating fries again unless they're topped with foie gras, like these from Brasserie 19.
3. Brasserie 19
The Lazy Lane Frites at Brasserie 19 consist of slightly curly, dark orangey-brown fries tossed in sauce au poivre, grated Parmesan, truffle oil and chives. Then the mound of frites is topped with a generous portion of seared foie gras. Somehow the fries manage to stay crispy under the thick pepper gravy, and the truffle oil flavor is delicate enough that it doesn't overwhelm the entire dish. The earthy Parmesan and bright chives add minute flavor nuances to each bite. And then there's the foie gras, which is so rich that I eat it every other bite or so only, using the (also quite rich) fries to cleanse my palate. Sound over-the-top? It is, but in the best way.

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The kimchi on these fries from Koagie Hots makes them healthy, right? Right?
2. Koagie Hots
One word: Kimchi. Though the Korean fermented-cabbage dish isn't universally loved, I happen to be obsessed with it. So the combination of my favorite healthy snack (kimchi) with my favorite unhealthy snack (French fries) is pretty magical. Koagie Hots tops its fries with homemade kimchi, spicy mayo, salty feta cheese and chopped scallions. The fried potatoes themselves may not be the best in town, but the kimchi sure is. Pile that and the other goodies on top, and you've got one helluva Korean fusion dish. It's perfect at 2 a.m. if ... you know ... you happen to still be out then, for whatever reason ...

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Fat Bao's fries win for their perfect texture and simple sauce.
1. Fat Bao
Come to Fat Bao for the bao, but stay for the fries. The signature steamed Chinese dumplings are good, but the french fries are out of this world: hand-cut, perfectly fried and excellent all on their own. I recommend dipping them in Fat Bao's homemade kimchi mayonnaise (kimcheenaise) if you're feeling fancy, or ordering the Yummy Fries for a couple of extra bucks: They're tossed with a sauce of fresh rosemary and creamy Parmesan cheese. Simple, unassuming and the best fries in Houston.


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fatboysbarandgrill
fatboysbarandgrill

If you like these fries you should try the Dumpster fries or Buffalo Fries at Fat Boy's Bar & Grill

Stetson Scott Arriola
Stetson Scott Arriola

Bismillah Cafe Spicy Garlic fries and Ten Spice fries are hands down the best!!

romper996
romper996

If you are a Sunday brunch kinda person, check out Harry's feta fries. Highly addictive!

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Mayo on fries, holy jeebus, just move to Canada already.......


JayPFrancis
JayPFrancis

Kaitlin is 100% spot on for Fat Bao. The fries are excellent. I recommend the $7 special of fries with a side order of the beef curry. Currently my favorite lunch. The beef curry is the classic Sino-Japanese style and very tasty.

(Caveat Emptor: The Fat Bao fries have to be eaten hot and right out of the fryer to enjoy their deliciousness. When they start cooling down, they pick up this fish oil taste. I don't know if it is the rosemary, or if they are frying other things in the same oil, or they are using canola oil.)

glenda34
glenda34

What is Fat Bao....never heard of it, but the fries sound good...

Vy Dong
Vy Dong

Lynn George absolutely agree! esp since we can't stop talking about it. I think I have to go get some this weekend. Lol

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@texmex01  

If I'm on death row I'd want mussels, Belgian fries with homemade mayo, and a good Belgian beer like Duvel.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@texmex01 I think you mean Belgium. And it's an awesome pairing.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@glenda34 It's a bao restaurant in the shopping center next to Pappasito's on the corner of Richmond and Kirby. Not only are the fries amazing--everything else there is pretty great too!

glenda34
glenda34

@KaitlinS @glenda34 

Thanks, I wish some of these new restaurants would say hello and invite us in with an ad or some such, announcing their existence

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

@texmex01  I think you're confusing mayo for cheese curds and brown gravy.  

Though I'm happy with either one.  


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