The playful Varga Bar is decorated with photos of pinup girls and serves a menu of elevated comfort foods. In this outrageous dish, thin-cut fries are fried to perfection and tossed in a coating of truffle oil, then topped with a healthy serving of jumbo lump crabmeat, melted white Cheddar, and dusted with Parmesan.
Angelenos flock from miles away to wherever this mobile food truck sets up shop. The masterminds behind Frysmith are known for their innovative twists on the ultimate guilty pleasure food: french fries. This out-there menu item includes fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions, shawarma-marinated steak, and melted Jack cheese — an unexpected combination of flavors that works wonderfully together.
Another Los Angeles-based food truck serving gourmet french fries (and a handful of other vegetarian dishes), the Fresh Fries Truck has plenty of outrageous choices on their menu. The goat cheese fries are tossed with fresh goat cheese and homemade raspberry sauce, adding cool, sweet, and tangy flavors that pair expertly with the freshly fried potatoes. If you’re looking for a sweeter treat, the Peanut Buttercup fries include sweet potato fries topped with Nutella and peanut butter.
Denver locals and visitors praise Jonesy’s for its thoughtfully prepared menu of comfort foods and effortlessly hip atmosphere. The bacon mac and cheese fries don’t actually include macaroni, but they do include a large bowl of fries topped with cheesy béchamel sauce and morsels of crispy bacon, garnished with fresh chives. The result is highly reminiscent of the classic dish, with a crispy twist.
The choices at Frysmith are so creative that they’ve earned a second spot on this list with their chicken sweet potato fries. This dish begins with a bed of crispy, sweet potato fries topped with free-range chicken braised in tomatillo-tamarind sauce, melted white Cheddar, and chopped cashews.
Kenny & Zuke's has made a name for itself by serving authentic Jewish deli food using ingredients made in-house the old-fashioned way — from the pickles to the rye bread, and certainly the pastrami. This dish features Kenny & Zuke’s signature pastrami, piled high atop a heaping bed of fries and topped with melted Swiss cheese.
This laid-back mini-chain of restaurants in the Sacramento area offers a menu of elevated diner foods, including a "make your own" salad bar. The signature dish here is the Urban Fries, which come topped with a unique combination of blue cheese, spicy chile oil, and crushed red chile flakes. The result is earthy with a kick of heat.
Cocoa powder on french fries? You’d expect nothing less from chocolate master Max Brenner. The golden, crispy waffle fries are dusted with chili and cocoa powders and served on their own or alongside dishes like the restaurant’s signature burger.
This European frites shop serves up fries the authentic Belgian way, but adds a distinctly American twist with its selection of outrageous dipping sauces. Choose from varieties such as Saturday Night Chive, curry ketchup, and bacon-Parmesan. The shop also serves Belgian waffles.
The second restaurant to earn two spots on this list, the Thai Ginger fries at Jonesy’s are too good to pass up. The signature twice-fried potatoes are piled liberally into a bowl and topped with fresh ginger, lemongrass, scallions, and sweet Thai chile sauce.
One of the most popular fries-only establishments in the country, Pommes Frites in New York’s East Village neighborhood serves up cones of freshly fried Belgian-style frites to hungry Manhattanites. The sauces here are where things get very interesting, exemplified by the addictively delicious pomegranate teriyaki mayo. Other options include Vietnamese pineapple mayo, smoked eggplant mayo, and Irish curry sauce.
This popular South Korean street food dish is about as fun to look at as it is to eat — the potatoes are spiral-cut, skewered, and deep-fried. The wacky looking fries are topped with everything from Cajun seasoning to caramel and chocolate sauces — they’re even available wrapped around a sausage.
Serving quick-serve Korean barbecue street food in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Del Seoul offers a mouthwatering french fries dish with a truly unique combination of flavors. The Kimchi fries are topped with sautéed homemade kimchi, onions, pork belly, scallions, melted cheddar and Jack cheeses, and finished with sour cream. The elements of sweet, sour, spicy, and creaminess balance expertly with the crispy fries.
A frequent member of "best of" burgers and fries lists locally and nationally, Edzo’s in Evanston offers straightforward burgers and fries prepared with the best (and often locally sourced) ingredients available. This homage to Chicago’s Italian roots on Taylor Street begins with Edzo’s thin-cut, twice-fried fries topped with Italian beef gravy and sweet and hot peppers.
This taco shop in Chula Vista, Calif., has been serving up authentic Mexican dishes for more than 40 years — owners Joaquin and Dolores Farfan have since expanded to create a mini empire of five locations around San Diego. These fries are topped with homemade guacamole, sour cream, chopped pieces of the shop’s signature carne asada, and cotija cheese.