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Eater Readers Pick Their 25 Favorite French Fries

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Here's a rule of thumb: order fries at a Belgian restaurant, and they'll probably end up being pretty good. Just about every Belgian place in town got a recommendation from Eater readers for its fries. Last week's Open Thread centered around the subject of French fries, and readers wrote back, singling out 25 particular side dishes to sample. Though some of the choices aren't shocking (Bourbon Steak, Blue Duck Tavern), readers also went beyond the usual suspects to find solid fries everywhere from Chinese restaurants to athletic arenas. Here are the highlights.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Peacock cafe

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3251 Prospect Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-2740
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This Georgetown neighborhood joint was singled out for its fries.

2. Verizon Center

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601 F St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-3200
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Here's an unexpected choice - the cajun fries at Verizon Center.

3. Brasserie Beck

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1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 408-1717
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Brasserie Beck's dipping sauces are as well-known as their fries.

4. Lucky Carry Out

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1430 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-3663
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Gotta love this description from commenter monkeyrotica: "Deepfried in crack and laced with the haunting memory of eggrolls and wontons."

5. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20431
(202) 822-8783
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Plenty of dishes at Founding Farmers have their fans, including the fries.

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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No discussion about the city's best fries in complete without a mention of Bourbon Steak's trio of offerings.

7. Shake Shack

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 683-9922
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Shake Shack's crinkle fries have their fans.

8. Shawafel

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1322 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-7676
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Fries are a popular side item at this late night haunt.

9. Belga Cafe

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514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100
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Belgians know their fries, and Belga Cafe makes solid ones.

10. Amsterdam Falafelshop

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2425 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-1969
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The toppings bar is as much of a draw as the fries at this Adams Morgan restaurant.

11. Granville Moore's

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1238 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-2546
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Don't forget to get the dipping sauces with these fries.

12. Good Stuff Eatery

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303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-8222
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These potato-y fries are addictive, according to some readers.

13. Dirty Martini

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1223 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
(202) 503-2640
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Dirty Martini is more known for its drinks than its cuisine, but give the fries a shot.

14. Popeyes

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5200 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-4200
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Sometimes, a chain is what Eater readers crave, particularly the cajun fries from Popeyes (multiple locations).

15. Food Wine & Co.

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7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 651-8008
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Food, Wine & Co. is developing a reputation for its fries.

16. Cedar

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822 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-0012
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Cedar fries are addictive to some Penn Quarter frequenters.

17. Black Cat

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1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-7960
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Here's another under-the-radar recommendation from the tipline: Black Cat.

18. Bar Dupont

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-6000
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The sleek Bar Dupont offers another French fry option.

19. Medium Rare

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3500 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-1432
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Given Medium Rare's menu essentially consists of two things — steak and fries — it's no surprise they got the latter right.

20. Bold Bite

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4901B Fairmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-2653
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Bethesda residents know that Bold Bite has some solid fries to offer along with hot dogs.

21. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

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728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8384
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Eammon's (two locations) is where folks seeking English-style chips end up finding them.

22. House Of Foong Lin

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4613 Willow Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-3427
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Here's another quirky tip from a reader: "Ask for the 'Foo Fries.' They aren't on their new menu, but if you ask for them they will make them for you." The dish is a hold-over from the Chinese restaurant's original location.

23. Circle Bistro

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1 Washington Cir NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 293-5390
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Another example of a French restaurant getting fries right.

24. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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Dip some fries into mussel broth at Bistro du Coin, and they'll taste even better.

25. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Fries. Duck fat. What more does one need?

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1. Peacock cafe

3251 Prospect Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
This Georgetown neighborhood joint was singled out for its fries.
3251 Prospect Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

2. Verizon Center

601 F St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
Here's an unexpected choice - the cajun fries at Verizon Center.
601 F St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

3. Brasserie Beck

1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Brasserie Beck's dipping sauces are as well-known as their fries.
1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Lucky Carry Out

1430 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20002
Gotta love this description from commenter monkeyrotica: "Deepfried in crack and laced with the haunting memory of eggrolls and wontons."
1430 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20431
Plenty of dishes at Founding Farmers have their fans, including the fries.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20431

6. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
No discussion about the city's best fries in complete without a mention of Bourbon Steak's trio of offerings.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

7. Shake Shack

1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Shake Shack's crinkle fries have their fans.
1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Shawafel

1322 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fries are a popular side item at this late night haunt.
1322 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Belga Cafe

514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Belgians know their fries, and Belga Cafe makes solid ones.
514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Amsterdam Falafelshop

2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The toppings bar is as much of a draw as the fries at this Adams Morgan restaurant.
2425 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. Granville Moore's

1238 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Don't forget to get the dipping sauces with these fries.
1238 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. Good Stuff Eatery

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
These potato-y fries are addictive, according to some readers.
303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. Dirty Martini

1223 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Dirty Martini is more known for its drinks than its cuisine, but give the fries a shot.
1223 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

14. Popeyes

5200 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Sometimes, a chain is what Eater readers crave, particularly the cajun fries from Popeyes (multiple locations).
5200 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

15. Food Wine & Co.

7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Food, Wine & Co. is developing a reputation for its fries.
7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

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16. Cedar

822 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Cedar fries are addictive to some Penn Quarter frequenters.
822 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

17. Black Cat

1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Here's another under-the-radar recommendation from the tipline: Black Cat.
1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

18. Bar Dupont

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The sleek Bar Dupont offers another French fry option.
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

19. Medium Rare

3500 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Given Medium Rare's menu essentially consists of two things — steak and fries — it's no surprise they got the latter right.
3500 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

20. Bold Bite

4901B Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Bethesda residents know that Bold Bite has some solid fries to offer along with hot dogs.
4901B Fairmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

21. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Eammon's (two locations) is where folks seeking English-style chips end up finding them.
728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

22. House Of Foong Lin

4613 Willow Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Here's another quirky tip from a reader: "Ask for the 'Foo Fries.' They aren't on their new menu, but if you ask for them they will make them for you." The dish is a hold-over from the Chinese restaurant's original location.
4613 Willow Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

23. Circle Bistro

1 Washington Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
Another example of a French restaurant getting fries right.
1 Washington Cir NW
Washington, DC 20037

24. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009