French Fry Recipes

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A friend forwarded me this article from Domino.com with a ton of fry recipes that I have to try! Aside from finding the best fries in town, I really wanted this blog to be a way for me to experiment with trying some fry recipes on my own, so I think this article is a great start! I’ll post my (probably terrible) results with pics.

I love lemon, so I’m thinking of starting with the lemon and herb french fries.

Or the amazing-looking Lebanese-spiced french fries.

OOOOR, the OMG-looking Buffalo falafel pitas with garlic blue cheese fries.

I don’t know where to start!

Take a look at this amazing list. Which one would you try first?

Literally 50 ways to eat french fries

 

 

 

 

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Standard Station Sports Bar & Grill

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Trying to find a good place for post-work happy hour to hang and catch up with your girls is always tough, but I managed to comb through Yelp and find this sports bar not too far from the job.  Standard Station offers up a fairly large selection of bar eats, and their menu even includes breakfast.

Naturally when I saw their loaded fries item on the menu, I knew this would be my meal for the evening.  Standard Station puts ranch dressing on their loaded fries instead of giving it to you on the side, which sadly doesn’t work.  The ranch just blends into everything else and you don’t get the flavor of it with each bite.  Our waitress was new, so I had to wait a bit to get a side of ranch so I could properly enjoy these, which I totally did. The cheese to fry ratio was fantastic, with just enough bacon and green onions sprinkled throughout. I definitely would order this again, but would make sure to ask for the ranch on the side from the get-go.

I did get to try some of their other items like the queso and the hummus, and they were both pretty good.  The atmosphere was lively, as you’d expect a sports bar to be, but the tables near us did seem to get a bit too loud.  I’m not sure if it was the acoustics of the place, or the general customers, but it got a bit distracting.  I’m sure we were being loud as well though, so all’s fair in love and sports bars, I suppose.

Next time I stop by, I’ll have to make sure and try their garlic rosemary fries. Can’t wait!

Official site: http://www.standardstation.com/
Location: El Segundo, CA

 

Sabra Beirut Mix

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I have a love/hate relationship with Sabra Beirut Mix.

On the one hand, they have super yummy hummus and fries, on the other, their chicken tends to be a little too dry.  So I don’t always end up here for lunch, but when I do, fries are a must have.

They’re not the greatest fries, and once they get cold there’s no point in eating them, but if you get their Mediterranean Fries, you’re definitely in for a treat. Tossed in olive oil, garlic, lemon and parsley, these flavors perfectly accent the fries and make for a soggy and satisfying appetizer. Who even needs the dry chicken after this?

Official site: http://www.beirutmix.com/
Location: El Segundo, CA

Smarco’s Gourmet Grill

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Hidden in a tiny strip mall plaza is this gem of a place called Smarco’s Gourmet Grill. I ordered the Chicken Philly combo, which came with fries and a drink (although I paid the extra up-charge for a lemon Snapple instead because lemon Snapple is life).  I had actually been to this place before but forgot how yummy their fries are.

Their fries retain that slight sweetness of fresh cut potatoes after frying, which mixes in nicely with the just-right amount of salt they dust on them.  They’re soft fries that complemented my sandwich really well.  They are a bit on the greasy side, but not so much to keep me from enjoying them.

Smarco’s also offers a garlic fries option, which I’ll probably have to try next time. For science, of course.

Official site: http://smarcosgrill.com/
Location: El Segundo, CA

Beach Mex

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Is that a bucket of fries? Why yes, yes it is.

Beach Mex will sell you a bucket of fries, which really should be mandatory anywhere food is sold.  The plot twist here is that Beach Mex is a Mexican restaurant, so not only can you get a bucket of fries, but you can also get Mexican Cheese Fries! Bless.

The cheese fries come covered in melted jack and cheddar cheese with some sour cream and guacamole on top. Apparently you can also get a choice of meat, but I tried it vegetarian style and thought it worked fine. It did lack “something,” but I’m not quite sure if I could pinpoint what I felt it should have had. It could have been that the sour cream doesn’t pack enough of a flavor twist to the overall appetizer the way that ranch dressing would if you had ordered chili cheese fries. Either way, Beach Mex’s fries are good on their own, so I’d just go with the bucket and call it a day.

If you prefer your fries inside your Mexican food instead, you should try one of their specialty burritos like The California or The Hot Mess.

Official site: http://www.beachmex.com/
Location: El Segundo, CA

The basics.

After succumbing to massive amounts of peer pressure, I’ve finally decided to start a blog giving my well-informed opinions on fries. I love fries. Fries are everything. Therefore, a fry blog I must have.

My opinions are all tainted with the following biases:

1. I prefer soggy fries to crispy fries.

2. I prefer shoestring fries to steak fries.

3. I like salty fries — the saltier the better.

4. I’m not a fan of fry variations — like sweet potato fries or green bean fries (wtf?!)

5. Although I prefer my fries plain, I am always up for trying cheese fries, loaded fries, chili cheese fries, and any other creative concoction created around fries. Poutine is love. ❤

So those are the basics about the blog.  Here are some basics about me:

I’m a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles, CA. I don’t cook, which gives me plenty of opportunities to try fries all around the city.  If I do decide to try a fry recipe at home, I will happily share it here complete with pictures of the inevitable disastrous results. I know no shame.

I hope you enjoy this blog!