Friday happens to be Friday the 13th, but can it really be unlucky if it’s also National French Fry Day? OK, so there are a few unlucky things that could happen with fries. Like maybe your spouse got some to-go and ate them all before you could get home and share. Not that I’ve ever done that to my wife or anything.
But let’s ignore the bad luck. Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate.
Truffle Parmesan fries, Chop House Burger
This small Dallas-based burger chain emphasizes quality over quantity on its burger menu, but we’re always driven to the sides, especially to these fries, which come to the table with a truffle aroma and are so generously sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley that you’ll have plenty of both left over after you finish the fries. Traditional fries, sweet-potato fries and chili-cheese fries are also available, but we always go with these.
Chicano Fries, Frezko Taco Spot Fort Worth
After a few years as a semi-hidden spot in Southlake, this (mostly) traditional taco place opened a second, much more visible location in far north Fort Worth — and it’s only there that you can get these fries, for which you will need a fork, if not a shovel. Fries are drenched in queso blanco, and that’s covered with your choice of meat and whatever other toppings you want to pile on there. Unless you have a really big appetite or are willing to share with a couple of people, these suckers are an entree, not a side.
Kimchi fries, Hollywood Burger
North of the northernmost reaches of Loop 820 are three Korean-influenced burger spots: L.A. Burger and Kpop Burger in Keller, and Hollywood Burger in Fort Worth, Saginaw and Westlake. We like all of them, but for the kimchi fries, we’ll take Hollywood Burger: they come covered in melted cheese as well as kimchi, its fermented-cabbage aroma practically jumping off the plate. You’ll need a fork for this one, too. Unless you’re a really messy eater.
Hot honey and sage fries, Hopdoddy Burger Bar
The Austin-based burger monster, which during the past couple of years has opened location in Fort Worth, Euless and Southlake, recently introduced “shareables” to its menu: Fries meant for two, served in a bowl, with two forks and a calorie count you really don’t want to look at. Of the five varieties (Parmesan truffle, green-chile queso, chili-cheese, Buffalo and hot honey & sage), we prefer this one, which gets a sticky, sweet and spicy hit from the honey and just a little herb touch from the sage.
2300 W. 7th St. Suite 140, Fort Worth, 817-270-2337 ; 1200 Chisholm Trail Building E1 (Glade Parks), Euless, 817-354-2000; 1230 Main St. in Southlake Town Square, 817-310-6000; locations also in Addison and Dallas; https://www.hopdoddy.com
Gorgonzola fries, Lili’s Bistro, Fort Worth
The Magnolia Avenue restaurant has a classy feel to it, especially in the evening when there’s usually a pianist providing musical accompaniment. And the Gorgonzola fries are a must: waffle fries dusted with the cheese, which provides a pungent punch, and chopped green onions. Craving them now.
Shoestring fries, Pacific Table
Addictive, thin and salty, these fries also have bits of rosemary and garlic on them that make them a cut above standard fries. If you’re a fry purist, this is a good place to celebrate.
If you really want to dive into National French Fry Day, why not do it at a French-fry-centric joint. Potato Corner offers fries original, loopy, waffled sweet potato, chili-cheese and more, in flavors such as BBQ, cheddar, sour cream & onion and more. Chicken tenders and wings are also available.
Large fries with onions, Railhead Smokehouse
One of Fort Worth’s most old-school barbecue joints does great fries, with a boatload of roughly chopped, sauteed onions that balance out the potatoes. Forks suggested.
Main Street Pomme Frittes, the Rim
As if it’s not enough that the kitchen of this relatively new Burleson restaurant is in an Airstream trailer, it also offers something called Sidewinder Fries: In her review of the restaurant, Star-Telegram contributor and fry aficionado Anna Caplan described them as “what happens when a curly and wedge fry meet.” The Main Street Pomme Frittes are what happens when the Sidewinder Fries meet a Gorgonzola mornay, buffalo sauce and grilled tenderloin. It takes a lot to get a French-fry lover to ask, “Are these the best fries ever,” but that’s what she did, saying, “This dish is beyond State Fair worthy” and “It’s a good thing you can’t marry a potato.”
Tok fries, Shinjuku Station/Tokyo Cafe
Sushi bars aren’t necessarily the first place you think of when you think “fries,” but these Fort Worth siblings both offer thick-cut fries with a chili seasoning, served with spicy mayo and furikake, a dry-rice seasoning.
Avery Island fondue fries, Southern Classic Daiquri Factory
Poutine-esque serving of crinkle-cut fries, slathered in Thibodeaux Fondue, sausage, shrimp and crawfish and meted out with melted cheese, bell peppers, onions and Cajun spices. Not for fries purists, but purism does tend to take the fun out of things.
Rosemary black-pepper fries, Super Chix
This upstart fast-casual chicken chain, a competitor to Chick-fil-A, does pretty good chicken sandwiches — but what gets us going back are the fries, which you can get salted, sweetened or our favorite way, with the rosemary black-pepper seasoning, a well-balanced mix of the herbaceous and the delicately spicy.
Umami fries, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Hawaii-based fast-casual chain shows its origins in some of its burgers (including the Hawaiian, a teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple) and this “specialty style” fry option, sauteed in garlic butter, a sriracha aioli and furikake (see Shinjuku Station/Tokyo Cafe entry above). Lots of other fry options here: bacon-cheese, seasoned (garlic, spicy or ranch), garlic butter (with Parmesan and parsley) and more.
Trio of fries, Tillman’s Roadhouse
We still miss the Fort Worth Tillman’s, but we’ll make the road trip to Dallas for the Kennebuck, purple and sweet-potato fries, served in stand-up cylinders. To us, the best fries don’t need ketchup, but we’ll make an exception here for the house spicy ketchup as well as the horseradish mayo that comes with them. The Kennebecs, dusted with Parmesan and black pepper, are our favorites, but we seldom leave any of these fries standing.
Star-Telegram correspondent Anna Caplan contributed to this report, which contains material from Star-Telegram archives.