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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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Peacock cafe

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This Georgetown neighborhood joint was singled out for its fries.

Verizon Center

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Here's an unexpected choice - the cajun fries at Verizon Center.

Brasserie Beck

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Brasserie Beck's dipping sauces are as well-known as their fries.

Lucky Carry Out

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Gotta love this description from commenter monkeyrotica: "Deepfried in crack and laced with the haunting memory of eggrolls and wontons."

Founding Farmers

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Plenty of dishes at Founding Farmers have their fans, including the fries.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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No discussion about the city's best fries in complete without a mention of Bourbon Steak's trio of offerings.

Shake Shack

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Shake Shack's crinkle fries have their fans.

Shawafel

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Fries are a popular side item at this late night haunt.

Belga Cafe

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Belgians know their fries, and Belga Cafe makes solid ones.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

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The toppings bar is as much of a draw as the fries at this Adams Morgan restaurant.

Granville Moore's

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Don't forget to get the dipping sauces with these fries.

Good Stuff Eatery

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These potato-y fries are addictive, according to some readers.

Dirty Martini

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Dirty Martini is more known for its drinks than its cuisine, but give the fries a shot.

Popeyes

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Sometimes, a chain is what Eater readers crave, particularly the cajun fries from Popeyes (multiple locations).

Food Wine & Co.

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Food, Wine & Co. is developing a reputation for its fries.

Cedar fries are addictive to some Penn Quarter frequenters.

Black Cat

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Here's another under-the-radar recommendation from the tipline: Black Cat.

Bar Dupont

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The sleek Bar Dupont offers another French fry option.

Medium Rare

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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.

Bold Bite

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Bethesda residents know that Bold Bite has some solid fries to offer along with hot dogs.

Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

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Eammon's (two locations) is where folks seeking English-style chips end up finding them.

House Of Foong Lin

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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.

Circle Bistro

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Another example of a French restaurant getting fries right.

Bistrot Du Coin

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Dip some fries into mussel broth at Bistro du Coin, and they'll taste even better.

Blue Duck Tavern

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Fries. Duck fat. What more does one need?

Peacock cafe

This Georgetown neighborhood joint was singled out for its fries.

Verizon Center

Here's an unexpected choice - the cajun fries at Verizon Center.

Brasserie Beck

Brasserie Beck's dipping sauces are as well-known as their fries.

Lucky Carry Out

Gotta love this description from commenter monkeyrotica: "Deepfried in crack and laced with the haunting memory of eggrolls and wontons."

Founding Farmers

Plenty of dishes at Founding Farmers have their fans, including the fries.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

No discussion about the city's best fries in complete without a mention of Bourbon Steak's trio of offerings.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack's crinkle fries have their fans.

Shawafel

Fries are a popular side item at this late night haunt.

Belga Cafe

Belgians know their fries, and Belga Cafe makes solid ones.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

The toppings bar is as much of a draw as the fries at this Adams Morgan restaurant.

Granville Moore's

Don't forget to get the dipping sauces with these fries.

Good Stuff Eatery

These potato-y fries are addictive, according to some readers.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini is more known for its drinks than its cuisine, but give the fries a shot.

Popeyes

Sometimes, a chain is what Eater readers crave, particularly the cajun fries from Popeyes (multiple locations).

Food Wine & Co.

Food, Wine & Co. is developing a reputation for its fries.

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Cedar

Cedar fries are addictive to some Penn Quarter frequenters.

Black Cat

Here's another under-the-radar recommendation from the tipline: Black Cat.

Bar Dupont

The sleek Bar Dupont offers another French fry option.

Medium Rare

Given Medium Rare's menu essentially consists of two things — steak and fries — it's no surprise they got the latter right.

Bold Bite

Bethesda residents know that Bold Bite has some solid fries to offer along with hot dogs.

Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

Eammon's (two locations) is where folks seeking English-style chips end up finding them.