Blame the carb-lover in me, but french fries are my weakness. Yet, finding the perfect french fry can be a difficult task. Everyone likes them differently. Some like thick and ‘wedged’ like you’d get with a steak. Others thin and crispy. Some mid-sized and crinkly. Some in waffle form. Is your mouth watering yet? No matter which way you take your fries (I’ll take mine with cheese) these 10 restaurants are dishing out some of the best fries in North Carolina.
1. Cloo's Coney Island Hot Dogs, Raleigh
Thin, crisp, and doused in delicious chili and cheese--these french fries made Business Insiders 'Best Fries in Each State' list, so you know they're good.
2. Bouchon, Asheville
Nestled in the Asheville French Quarter, you'll find a very Parisian and very quaint restaurant called Bouchon. At Bouchon they call their fries 'frites' but tomato tomahto because they're so delicious! Especially dipped in the Parisienne sauce. You'll be coming back for more after your first visit! Order a side of mussels for a perfect first course.
3. Viva Chicken, Charlotte
More than just a french fry, the Yuca fries are thick, original, and something totally different than your typical fry experience. You'll love this Latino version of a classic American side.
4. PT's Olde Fashioned Grille, Raleigh
Made with a perfect mix of various seasonings and always served fresh and crispy, PT's fries are perfect as a side or even a whole meal.
5. Greer Street Garden, Durham
Come with your appetite ready and try 'The Pile.' This amazing, calorie-ladened but-totally-worth-it pile consists of fried chicken, french fries, jalapeños, bacon, melted cheddar cheese, and of course...gravy. Is your mouth watering like mine?
6. Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville
For a vegan option that tastes absolutely sinful try the spicy jalapeño onion fries at Laughing Seed Cafe. Not a vegan? Then add cheese for a most delectable side dish or starter!
7. Zito! Pizzeria and Grill
While Zito! might seem like a random choice to try Poutine, if you've been curious about getting this dish...try it here. Poutine is a Canadian version of french fries served with gravy and cheese curds. The Poutine here is mouthwatering and you're sure to join the 'clean plate club.' Oh, but it doesn't just come in 'traditional style.'
Here is the Philly Cheesesteak Poutine.
The Greek Style Poutine.
Even Italian Poutine!! Ok, one order of Poutine right now!
8. Asheville Sandwich Company
While 'sandwich' company implies, well, that their specialty is sandwiches, if you want to double the carbs (and double the deliciousness) get a fry sub! Yes, fries in a sandwich! Pictured above is the spicy chicken and fries sandwich but you can also get fries on a pork belly, a 'wake and bacon' breakfast sandwich, and a veggie sandwich! Really, you can put fries on whatever your heart desires here.
No buns about it? Try the loaded fries topped with pulled pork, cheese, and pico de gallo.
9. Kill Devil's Frozen Custard and Beach Fries, Kill Devil Hills
If you like your fries thick, salted, and with the skin-on get a big ol' bucket of fries to share (or not share) with the table. Bonus points if you dip them in one of the many flavorful custard options. YUM.
10. Nofo At The Pig, Raleigh
We've covered all types of fries, but the ones we're missing...sweet potato fries! North Carolina is a sweet potato state, so there is an abundant amount of delicious sweet potato fries in every city and town. But Nofo made our list for the Cajun mayonnaise dipping sauce. Its spiciness perfectly complements the sweetness!
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