When your bio is “Peace, Love & French Fries” across all platforms, #NationalFrenchFryDay is a real holiday.
As a self proclaimed French fry connoisseur, I take my fries very seriously. As in, I rarely go to places that don’t serve fries as they clearly cannot be trusted.
With tons of people always asking me where they should go to get the best of the best (and not realizing that is a LOADED question, no pun intended), I decided to narrow it down to the top 5 fast food chains.
Obviously, I had the list in my head before I even hit the drive-thrus up, but I called on two of my fellow foodies, Sali & Amanda, to make it a real experience. Each fast food “restaurant” has its own specialty fry and style.
What factors went into my rankings? In order: how the fries tasted both hot and cold, the drive-thru situation, and price.
In case anyone was wondering, there was not one fry left uneaten. Real girls can EAT. This was seriously one of the best nights ever.
Without further adieu, the top 5 fast food French fries in order from greatest to least!
Price: $1.79 for a medium
Pair with: chicken nuggets
Okay, is anyone surprised that the yellow arches scored as my number 1? There is NOTHING like McDonald’s French fries. Not only do they taste good with every dipping sauce offered, but there is something nostalgic that goes along with rolling up to McD’s. It reminds me of my childhood, and let’s face it, nostalgia is trendy right now.
2. In-N-Out Animal Style Fries With Chopped Chillies
Pair with: regular hamburger – animal style (protein style if you want to cut carbs)
As a true California girl, I have to give In-N-Out my #2 spot. Packed with cheese, thousand island sauce, grilled onions -and if you like spicy food, chopped chillies – this flavor jammed concoction might as well be a full meal. Not the healthiest meal, but it’s enough to fill you up. The fries on their own would rank towards the bottom of the list, but since we are are doing the “specialty” at each fast food restaurant, I had to rank it high. The only downside is that the drive-thru is always super crowded (at least in Westwood, CA).
3. Jack in the Box Curly Fries
Price: $2.29 for a medium
Pair with: chicken strips or tacos
Curly fries are the sh*t. To be honest, I had a hard time deciding between J in the B and In-N-Out for #2 because they are both SO good. After discussing it (for real), we realized the curly fries just were not as good cold as In-N-Out was.
4. Burger King
Pair with: original chicken sandwich
While BK has “chicken fries,” I wasn’t very down with the fact they weren’t potato-based, so we went with their regular fries. They were good. Just good. They were served pretty hot. No complaints here, I just wasn’t feeling like, “oh I’m going to go here over other fast food chains.” Make sense?
5. Carl’s Jr. CrissCut Fries
Pair with: the $6 burger
First things first, I don’t know if it’s because living in LA is just more expensive in general, but our order cost us over $4. The rest of America gets the above price, apparently. Whatever, that’s not even the point. I was so excited to get my hands on the CrissCut, a Carl’s Jr. specialty, only to find that they give you like 5 of them and they’re not even crispy the way they used to be. They’re still good, but you don’t get bang for your buck here and they just were not enough for me to rank it anything other than #5.
What is your top 5? Am I a little out of control with this list? Maybe. Holler down below and let me know your rankings!
Still in a food coma,