French fries can be found on restaurant menus all over America, from the smallest take-away shack to the grand bastions of fine dining. Although the origin of the fry is somewhat of a sore spot for our European friends (the French and the Belgians still can't agree about which country invented them), they have become a fine example of classic American fare.
We recently ranked both the 25 most outrageous French fries and then the 50 best in the nation, and learned that everyone has a preferred consistency — satisfyingly crunchy, delightfully crispy, or soft and soggy — and great debates have sprouted over the superior way to cut them. Crinkle, curly, shoestring, steak, or waffle: just about everyone has a passionate opinion. We were astounded by the culinary creativity and daring we found across the land, and definitely saw some of that gastronomic moxy at HopCat in Detroit.
“Don’t worry. We won’t tell your friends” promises HopCat on their menu. They’re referring to their Crack Fries, which are beer battered and sprinkled with a special cracked black pepper house seasoning. The way to go here, though, is the Loaded Crack Fries: their signature Crack Fries topped with cheese sauce, red onion, jalapeños, and cherry-smoked bacon. It’s a habit we think is well worth picking up. They’re so good, they were named the 24th-most outrageous fries in America, and since they were the only fries in Detroit named on either of our most recent lists of distinguished spuds, they win the title of the Best French Fries in Detroit.