When fries are soggy or too greasy, they become an unappealing distraction from the main part of your meal. However, some restaurants serve fries topped with such unique dipping sauces or seasoning combinations, that this simple side dish steals the show. Here are 13 New Mexico restaurants where the fries are scrumptious enough to be the star of your meal:
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1. Pete's Frites (Albuquerque)
Even if you’re not into fries, you’ll find yourself devouring these house-cut, Belgian-style ones. The fries seem to melt in your mouth and the restaurant offers an array of dipping sauces - from spicy ketchup, to aioli and fry sauce - to take your comfort food experience to the next level. Pete’s is located at 3407 Central Avenue in Albuquerque.
2. Hall of Flame Burgers (Ruidoso)
So many fry options, so little stomach space! Or so it seems, when you’re forced to choose between beer battered, steak cut, seasoned curly fries, and sweet potato waffle fries. Beer battered anything is always a winner. You’ll find this restaurant at 2500 Sudderth Drive, Suite 2, in Ruidoso.
3. Plaza Café Southside (Santa Fe)
Plaza Cafe Southside's Greek fries are listed as an appetizer, but you’ll want to make them an entrée once you take your first bite of hand-cut fries, topped with feta, caper sauce, lemon, oregano and, olive oil. The Plaza Café Southside is at 3466 Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe.
4. 505 Burgers and Wings (Gallup and Farmington)
This restaurant’s name focuses on burgers and wings, but the skin-on, crispy fries here are equally deserving of top billing. The address for the Gallup location is: 1981 State Road 602. In Farmington, the restaurant is located at 820 Sullivan Avenue.
5. The Burger Stand At Taos Ale House (Taos)
Three words: duck fat fries. Whether you order them as a side or go all in and get the full basket, you’ll be raving about these fries that are topped with parsley and orange zest. The restaurant also serves truffle and Cajun fries. You’ll find this eatery at 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos.
6. Big D’s Downtown Dive (Roswell)
Let’s get one thing straight: you have to try the garlic fries here. If that’s not a rule, then it should be! The monster fries are also worth checking out; they come with green chile, cheese, pecan smoked bacon, and sauce. Big D’s is located at 505 N Main Street in
7. Holy Cow (Albuquerque)
This burger joint is known for its parmesan zucchini fries paired with a buttermilk ranch dipping sauce. Now before you dismiss this dish as vegetables masquerading as your favorite side, take them for a test drive. There’s a reason they’re so popular. If you’re still not sold, the regular fries are hand-cut and the sweet potato fries come with a refreshing cucumber yogurt sauce. To dine at Holy Cow, go to 700 Central Avenue SE in Albuquerque.
8. Hometown Hamburger (Farmington)
Some burger joints don't wow you from the outside but, once inside you’ll discover perfectly seasoned, thin cut fries. Hometown Hamburger can be found at 2133 E Main Street in Farmington.
9. Burgers & Brownies & Beers, Oh My! (Silver City)
This restaurant dishes up steak fries or chunky sweet potato fries. In addition to being yummy, all fries here are also GMO-free. Burgers & Brownies & Beers can be found at 619 N Bullard Street in Silver City.
10. Joseph’s Culinary Pub (Santa Fe)
Joseph’s is an upscale dining establishment to be sure and the fries here are a splurge. However, you don’t have to commit to the full fine dining experience to try them - just order from the bar menu. The fries are cooked in duck fat and accompanied by ketchup that is made in-house. This pub is located at 428 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.
11. Burger Boy (Cedar Crest)
The burgers at this restaurant are incredible so it’s a true compliment to say that the fries reach the same standard of deliciousness! Head to 12023 State Highway 14 N in Cedar Crest to sample them for yourself.
12. High Desert Brewing (Las Cruces)
Know how to improve on cheese fries? Add green chile. It’s the standard New Mexican answer to any culinary question for a reason. High Desert Brewing also serves garlic herb fries, pub fries, and sweet potato fries. It is located at 1201 W Hadley Avenue in Las Cruces.
13. Urban Hot Dog Company (Albuquerque)
If you fancy branching out a bit, try the blue cheese and chives fries or else the rosemary and garlic ones at Urban Hot Dog Company. They’re accompanied by a dizzying array of dipping sauces, from sriracha mayo to teriyaki. This eatery is located at 10250 Cottonwood Park Drive NW, Suite 400H, in Albuquerque.