Football season isn’t over yet, y’all. For another few weeks, it’s still perfectly acceptable to spend the entirety of Sunday on the couch (or at a restaurant with a big-screen TV) with an endless supply of snacks. One of the most iconic football foods here in Texas is fries. But not just any fries – I’m talking loaded, greasy, crispy, salty fries, and Texas-sized portions of them. These 10 restaurants in our state serve fries that will make game days unforgettable.
1. Hyde Park Bar & Grill (Austin)
This long-standing joint hand-slices their potatoes before dipping them in buttermilk, rolling them in flour, and finally frying them to perfection. We all know that soggy fries are an abomination akin to the devil himself, and Hyde's are anything but. In those little cups on the side is the restaurant's signature 'secret sauce' - nobody's quite sure what's in it, but we all know it's delicious.
2. Maple & Motor (Dallas)
Maple & Motor was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," so you already know their food is of the highest caliber - especially the fries. Their crispy exterior and creamy interior reminiscent of mashed potatoes makes for a delicious side that might even upstage your burger. Oh, and if you're feeling fancy, you can upgrade to chili-cheese fries for a few extra bucks (totally worth it.)
3. Hubcap Grill (Houston)
This retro joint is an obligatory experience for every Houstonian because of the unique atmosphere, history, and killer food. Burgers might be what they're known for, but I personally think the fries are the star of the show. The texture is perfect, taste is rich and creamy, and toppings are endless. From chili & cheese to bacon & cheese, buffalo sauce & blue cheese to country gravy, you can jazz 'em up any way you like.
4. Fork in the Road (Arlington)
Everything is good at this little hole-in-the-wall cafe, but the fries are especially something to write home about. Hand-cut, double-battered, fried, and salted to perfection...what more could you ask for?
5. Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Houston, Austin)
It would be a crime not to include this iconic restaurant on the list. Hopdoddy's fries are thinly sliced, so the crisp factor is to the extreme. And while they're good plain, you can make them even better with a truffle parmesan upgrade. Yum!
6. Grub Burger Bar (Dallas)
Crispy shoestring fries covered in gooey melted cheese, bacon bits, and peppers with ranch for dipping. They also have regular fries and seasoned waffle fries, but who wants those when you could have these?
7. The Spot (Galveston)
Everyone knows waffle fries are superior to regular fries, so The Spot is already ahead of the curve. I'm not kidding when I say these are some of the best fries I've ever had - and I've had a lot. They're golden brown and seasoned to absolute perfection. Next time you're on the island, you can't pass them up.
8. Salty Sow (Austin)
Hear me out for a second before you swear off trying these. They're triple fried in - wait for it - duck fat and topped with Bearnaise sauce, a combination that works despite how strange it sounds. I live by the rule of trying anything once, and these made me eternally grateful for that motto.
9. BB's Cafe (Houston)
Just because we don't live in Canada doesn't mean we can't enjoy poutine. The only difference is that we do it Cajun-style. BB's tops a mountain of shoestring fries with roast beef, gravy, and queso. I think this is what heaven looks like.
10. Rodeo Goat (Fort Worth)
You'll need a fork for these, y'all. It's a bucket of fries with tons of cheddar cheese, chili, and the obligatory jalapeños for that kick that we Texans can't get enough of. Be sure to ask for lots of napkins.
Have you had fries from any of these places? What’s your favorite restaurant to get fries in Texas?