The BEST Fries We've Ever Tasted...No Ketchup Needed!

"Do you want fries with that?" could be our favorite question, ever. But, that savory crunch of goodness has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the burger’s ho-hum sidekick. And, while purists may stick to a late-night chow down at Mickey D's, L.A.’s frenchie revolution is certainly not...well, small potatoes.
To prove it, we taste tested the city's best spuds: From double-dipped Belgian sticks to a truffle-laden poutine, here are the top ten most delectable fries, just in time for National French Fries Day. Get those napkins out!
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Street Cart Fries, $7.35, at Spitz Los Felix
When we’re not drooling over the signature Mediterranean-style lavash wraps at Spitz Los Feliz, we tend to bend toward the flavor explosion that is the one and only Street Cart Fries. Everything but the kitchen sink is locked, loaded, and lathered onto this bad boy. We’re talking garlic aioli, zesty feta cheese, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncinis, and chili sauce. It may be a good idea to pop the button on those jeans before you dig in.

Spitz 1725 Hillhurst Avenue (at Kingswell Avenue); 323-522-3309.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Belgian Fries, $3, at The Oinkster
Truth? We’d squeal for a basket of these Belgian beauties any day of the week — they’re that good. The Oinkster is a tried and true Eagle Rock gastro-gem that’s fueled on serving the traditional classics except spun to the tune of “slow-cooked, fast food”. The all-American fare consists of charbroiled cheeseburgers, pastrami sandwiches and BBQ pulled-pork hoagies, but the Belgian Fries (made from hand-cut, twice fried, fresh Kennebec potatoes) are the ultimate indulgence. Pair them with a three-dip flight of house-made ketchup, 1000 island and garlic aioli — and you’re gold. if you’re a die-hard like us, you’d take them for a ride in The Oinkster’s seasonal Horchata milkshake. Oh yeah.

The Oinkster Restaurant 2005 Colorado Boulevard (between North Maywood and Shearin avenues); 323-255-6465.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Belgian Fries w/ White Truffle Oil Glaze, $7.50, at Wurstküche
Sometimes, the best is the wurst, and there's no denying the epic sausage fest that is Wurstküche. The much-hyped hipster haunt holds a very special place in our hungry heart of hearts, and is one of the city’s prime locales to partake in meat hall-esque communal feasting. While the rattler and rabbit brat and craft brews on tap make this spot a must-stop, it’s the thick-cut, double-dipped Belgian fries that keep us coming back for more. Pair that with a flight of Bleu Cheese Bacon Walnut and Curry Ketchup dipping sauces and we’re happy campers.

Wurstküche 625 Lincoln Boulevard (between Mountain and Madison avenues); 213-687-4444.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Truffle Poutine, $12, at Perch LA
If you prefer to take your fry in the sky, then the rooftop resto over at Perch LA is where you’ll find said tasty alfresco delights. Believe us when we say there’s only one thing that trumps a 360 view of the DTLA skyline, and that’s an eyeful of Perch’s tantalizing truffle poutine. This decadent dish is coated with black truffle gravy, truffle cheese and bacon — phenomenal fixings surely meant to send our taste buds straight to heaven. Anything for truffle and bacon. Sign us up!

Perch 448 South Hill Street (between West Fourth and Fifth streets); 213-802-1770.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Salt & Thyme Fries, $7, 25 Degrees at The Roosevelt Hotel
This after-hours Roosevelt resto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which in snack speak means we can have a side of Salt & Thyme fries anytime we please. And, since a stopover at The Spare Room for a friendly game of bowling or Jenga is always a wise idea, another hop and a skip and you’re at 25 Degrees for a nightcap of understated, savory frenchie bliss. Delicious.

25 Degrees 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Orange Drive); 323-785-7244.

Photo: Courtesy of Thompson Hotels
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Fee Fi Fo Fum Fries, $6, at Manhattan Beach Post
With a name like “Fee Fi Fo Fum” fries, we can safely assume that size does matter a whole lot to the folks at Manhattan Beach Post. Now, we don’t know if the kitchen has a stash of magic beans hidden away birthing giant potato sticks into the sky, but we do know these crispy clubs are a hit with the locals. Plus, the tale behind the MBP Fry Sauce, which is remoulade based, is a closely guarded secret only a select few on the staff are privy to. Maybe there is culinary witchcraft at work at the beachside staple… Go big or go home, non?

Manhattan Beach Post 5 1142 Manhattan Avenue (between 12th Street and Center Place); 310-545-5405.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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The Fifty-Fifty, $4.95, at The Counter
Talk about the best of both worlds! The battle between sweet potato fries and regular shoestrings can be put on the backburner, because the geniuses at The Counter did us diners a favor by splitting it right down the middle with The Fifty-Fifty. We’re equal opportunity grazers, so fair and square is how we prefer to plow into the vast field of orange and gold! Plus, building a burger from scratch can be a total disaster (we’ve all done it), so it’s comforting to know at least the fries are foolproof.

The Counter 7919 Sunset Boulevard (between North Hayworth and North Fairfax avenues); 323-436-3844.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Thrice Cooked Chips w/ Worcestershire Aioli, $6, at The Pikey
When you’re pining away for good pub grub in L.A., the options tend to tread on the slim side. There are the tried-and-true Tinseltown landmarks like the Cat & Fiddle, Ye Olde Kings Head and the Tam O’Shanter, who have had their fair share of notoriety. But, there are times we just need to do away with the touristy rubbish and tuck into an oily-good plate of fish and chips. Enter: The Pikey and the Thrice Cooked Chips. When you dip that malt vinegary potato skin crust into the titillating tangy Worcestershire aioli, you’re in for a brilliant time. Ask for an extra crispy order and they’re thrice as nice. Trust.


The Pikey 7617 West Sunset Boulevard (between North Curson and North Stanley avenues); 323-850-5400.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Poutine with Oxtail Gravy and Cheddar, $19, at Animal
A mid-city mecca since June 2008, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook’s Animal has yet to be tamed. Despite the new class of gastro-niches popping up all over town, we are still devout followers of Animal’s French-Canadian inspired dish of decadence, otherwise deemed...The poutine. Lathered in brown gravy, braised oxtail, and smattered with shard cheddar, this plate of thick-cut frites is a grotto of beautiful chaos.

Animal 435 North Fairfax Avenue (between Rosewood and Oakwood avenues); 323-782-9225.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason
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Animal Style Fries at In-N-Out
Just. Look. At. It. This should surprise absolutely no one. The late-night snack that nourished every single SoCal co-ed during finals week and 50 drive-thru orders would’ve been placed by the time we wrap this up, In-N-Out’s animal style fries is the gooey god of spuds everywhere. We worship at its altar. We consume the mound of cheese, grilled onions and creamy spread right into our very souls. It’s always been there when we needed it the most. We heart you, Animal.

In-N-Out 5864 Lankershim (between Califa and Emelita streets); 800-786-1000.

Photo: Phoebe Chuason

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