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The Eater French Fry Heatmap: The Hottest New French Fries Across America

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As Burger Week draws to a close, Eater would like to take a moment to consider hamburger's loyal sidekick, the French fry. These days it seems everyone has their own riff on the humble fry, whether they serve them with burgers or mussels or steaks or by themselves, loaded high with toppings on late night bar menus. The restaurants below fry potatoes — and these are all potato fries, sorry yucca and sweet potato fans — in peanut oil, duck fat, beef fat, pork fat, and even lamb fat. They lay out endless selections of dipping sauces and douse fries in all manner of gravy and cheese curds for Americanized poutine. And a hearty handshake to every restaurant in this great country that's serving breakfast fries. You know who you are.

And now, without further ado, Eater's French Fry Heat Map. These are restaurants across the country that have been open for less than a year — give or take — that are seriously upping their fry game. As with every map on Eater, do feel free to rant and rave at these picks in the comments below.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bachi Burger

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9410 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Las Vegas restaurant Bachi Burger serves up Asian-style burgers — the name is short for "hibachi." Their Oxtail Chili Cheese Fries are topped with oxtail chili, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, and a fried egg. [Photo]

2. Baileys' Range

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920 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-8121
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Come for the creatively-topped, Missouri-raised beef burgers and boozy milkshakes, stay for the fries that come with a plethora of dipping options. Seriously, options include an incredibly popular rooster sauce, a house mayo, a sriracha ketchup, house cheddar sauce, and more. [Photo]

3. Barrio Queen

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7114 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 656-4197
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The Barrio Fries at Barrio Queen are plank-style fries dusted with a blend of spices and served with a spicy ketchup. Of course, things get a even hotter when you add optional toppings like pork green chile or get them elote-style with grilled corn, butter, mayo, cotija cheese, Tapatio salsa, cilantro and lime. [Photo]

4. blvd Nashville

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2013 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 385-2422
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BLVD has an entire section of their menu devoted to "Le French Fries." They have six total flavors of fries, including Hickory Salt & Pepper, Truffle Oil & Chive, Spicy Habanero, Herbs de Provence, Pine Nut Pesto, and the popular Madras Curry fries. [Photo]

5. Covo Gyro Market

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1428 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 626-2660
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Simple is sometimes best, and Covo Gyro Market's hand cut, peanut-oil fried are making a name for themselves as a standalone fry. But just in case they're not enough for you, you can "Greek It" and they'll come topped with feta, lemon, and spices. [Photo]

6. Eatsie Boys Cafe

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4100 Montrose
Houston, TX 77066
Beloved Houston food truck Eatsie Boys just opened their first brick-and-mortar, where they're serving up thrice-fried, hand cut fries dusted with herbs. [Photo]

7. Holy Grale

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1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
Double-fried "fritjes" come spicy or regular with a variety of sauce options including something called "Samurai Sauce." You can also get a spicy riff on poutine made with chorizo. [Photo]

8. HŌM

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563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7505
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Not for the faint of heart (or those watching their cholesterol), Hom's Dragon Fries are topped with duck confit, creamy thai red curry, pepper jack, tomatoes, lettuce, and roasted garlic sour cream. [Photo]

9. Jammy Buggars

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15625 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 767-5922
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The hand cut fries at Jammy Buggars come dressed up all kinds of ways: the Redneck Poutine is topped with sausage and smoked cheddar gravy, Loaded is topped like a baked potato with bacon, white cheddar sour cream and chives,and Frenchy comes with truffle oil, parm and aioli. [Photo]

10. Kronnerburger

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2379 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 656-9871
KronnerBurger's riff on poutine includes beef cheek gravy and cheese curds. Onion rings and bone marrow are optional. What else do you need to know? [Photo]

11. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-3000
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Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant is getting tons of buzz for its take on French cuisine, and the pomme frites are no exception. Nothing like a classic done right. [Photo]

12. Lardo West

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-2490
Lardo carried its beloved fries from its original food truck to its now two brick-and-mortar locations. Hand cut fries fried are fried in pork fat (where do you think the name "Lardo" comes from?) before they're tossed in parm and herbs. Get 'em dirty with pork scraps and marinated peppers. [Photo]

13. Parka

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4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 886-1585
Minneapolis' Parka changes up their fry routine: past preparations have included a dusting of powdered duck fat, and they're currently served with "aerated ranch." See also: the breakfast fries, topped with a fried egg, cheese, and gravy. [Photo]

14. Red Apron Butchery

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Sometimes it's the oil that makes the French fry: Red Apron's are fried in dry aged beef fat before they're tossed in rosemary and garlic. [Photo]

15. Soda & Swine

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2943 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 269-7632
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Soda & Swine's fries are hand cut, twice-fried french fries served with a malt vinegar aioli. The best part? They're only three bucks. [Photo]

16. St. Charles Exchange

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113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-1917
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Some may fry their potatoes in duck, beef, or even pork fat, but St. Charles Exchange in Louisvile fries theirs in lamb fat. Yes, lamb fat. [Photo: Photo]

17. Tried & True

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2405 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2405
According to Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon, the fries at Tried and True are made from Russets "so they've got that nice robust potato flavor, well-seasoned with the addition of some parsley, and they give you a huge-ass portion with your burger which is always a plus" [Photo]

18. Swine Southern Table & Bar

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2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Swine's fries are no shy shoestrings or fancy frites: these are chicken-fried steak fries, cut in big chunks and served with what Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu calls "addictive" house-made spicy ketchup. [Photo]

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1. Bachi Burger

9410 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117
Las Vegas restaurant Bachi Burger serves up Asian-style burgers — the name is short for "hibachi." Their Oxtail Chili Cheese Fries are topped with oxtail chili, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, and a fried egg. [Photo]
9410 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

2. Baileys' Range

920 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63101
Come for the creatively-topped, Missouri-raised beef burgers and boozy milkshakes, stay for the fries that come with a plethora of dipping options. Seriously, options include an incredibly popular rooster sauce, a house mayo, a sriracha ketchup, house cheddar sauce, and more. [Photo]
920 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63101

3. Barrio Queen

7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Barrio Fries at Barrio Queen are plank-style fries dusted with a blend of spices and served with a spicy ketchup. Of course, things get a even hotter when you add optional toppings like pork green chile or get them elote-style with grilled corn, butter, mayo, cotija cheese, Tapatio salsa, cilantro and lime. [Photo]
7114 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

4. blvd Nashville

2013 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212
BLVD has an entire section of their menu devoted to "Le French Fries." They have six total flavors of fries, including Hickory Salt & Pepper, Truffle Oil & Chive, Spicy Habanero, Herbs de Provence, Pine Nut Pesto, and the popular Madras Curry fries. [Photo]
2013 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

5. Covo Gyro Market

1428 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Simple is sometimes best, and Covo Gyro Market's hand cut, peanut-oil fried are making a name for themselves as a standalone fry. But just in case they're not enough for you, you can "Greek It" and they'll come topped with feta, lemon, and spices. [Photo]
1428 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Eatsie Boys Cafe

4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77066
Beloved Houston food truck Eatsie Boys just opened their first brick-and-mortar, where they're serving up thrice-fried, hand cut fries dusted with herbs. [Photo]
4100 Montrose
Houston, TX 77066

7. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
Double-fried "fritjes" come spicy or regular with a variety of sauce options including something called "Samurai Sauce." You can also get a spicy riff on poutine made with chorizo. [Photo]
1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

8. HŌM

563 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
Not for the faint of heart (or those watching their cholesterol), Hom's Dragon Fries are topped with duck confit, creamy thai red curry, pepper jack, tomatoes, lettuce, and roasted garlic sour cream. [Photo]
563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Jammy Buggars

15625 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
The hand cut fries at Jammy Buggars come dressed up all kinds of ways: the Redneck Poutine is topped with sausage and smoked cheddar gravy, Loaded is topped like a baked potato with bacon, white cheddar sour cream and chives,and Frenchy comes with truffle oil, parm and aioli. [Photo]
15625 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

10. Kronnerburger

2379 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
KronnerBurger's riff on poutine includes beef cheek gravy and cheese curds. Onion rings and bone marrow are optional. What else do you need to know? [Photo]
2379 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant is getting tons of buzz for its take on French cuisine, and the pomme frites are no exception. Nothing like a classic done right. [Photo]
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

12. Lardo West

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
Lardo carried its beloved fries from its original food truck to its now two brick-and-mortar locations. Hand cut fries fried are fried in pork fat (where do you think the name "Lardo" comes from?) before they're tossed in parm and herbs. Get 'em dirty with pork scraps and marinated peppers. [Photo]
1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

13. Parka

4023 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Minneapolis' Parka changes up their fry routine: past preparations have included a dusting of powdered duck fat, and they're currently served with "aerated ranch." See also: the breakfast fries, topped with a fried egg, cheese, and gravy. [Photo]
4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

14. Red Apron Butchery

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sometimes it's the oil that makes the French fry: Red Apron's are fried in dry aged beef fat before they're tossed in rosemary and garlic. [Photo]
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. Soda & Swine

2943 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Soda & Swine's fries are hand cut, twice-fried french fries served with a malt vinegar aioli. The best part? They're only three bucks. [Photo]
2943 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

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16. St. Charles Exchange

113 S. 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Some may fry their potatoes in duck, beef, or even pork fat, but St. Charles Exchange in Louisvile fries theirs in lamb fat. Yes, lamb fat. [Photo: Photo]
113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

17. Tried & True

2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
According to Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon, the fries at Tried and True are made from Russets "so they've got that nice robust potato flavor, well-seasoned with the addition of some parsley, and they give you a huge-ass portion with your burger which is always a plus" [Photo]
2405 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

18. Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134
Swine's fries are no shy shoestrings or fancy frites: these are chicken-fried steak fries, cut in big chunks and served with what Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu calls "addictive" house-made spicy ketchup. [Photo]
2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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