***The below article is written by foodistagirl, a guest blogger for Atlanta Eats***
Since Atlanta’s food scene is evolving and burgeoning with tasty and interesting new restaurants, I am going to share some of my favorite Atlanta versions of an old classic – the French fry. I am not a culinary expert, but I love a salty French fry! Here are some must-eats in ATL. Let us know below in the comments which ones you’re gonna try!
Takorea (Midtown): The Sesame Fries
These unique sesame fries arrive in a generous stack with a cup of house-made chipotle flavored ketchup. The long, crispy fries are seasoned with a curious yet extremely savory mixture of sweet-and-salty spices, and the pile is definitely enough to share (if you are willing to do so!).
Hampton and Hudson (Inman Park): The Hangover Fries
These indulgent fries are the cure-all for even the worst of hangovers. Topped with a sunny-side up fried egg and situated on top of a white bean chili, these fries are also accented with curds and pickled mustard seeds. The combination is hearty and filling. Enjoy that magic moment when the yolk from the perfectly fried egg runs over the fries.
Smokebelly BBQ (Buckhead): The Barbecue Fries
Also known as the “Pork Disco Q Fries,” these waffle fries are topped with an ample serving of tender barbecue pork chunks, scallions, and ranch dressing, as well as a tangy barbecue sauce. The sauce is so flavorful that you will not need ketchup to complement these fries. They could be a meal on their own; if you finish the heaping tray, you will certainly not be hungry!
9 Mile Station (Old 4th Ward): The Shoestring Fries
Take the elevator to the top of Ponce City Market and order the shoestring fries with your brunch (I recommend the “Egg-in-a-Hole” which is fried egg inside of a thick slice of brioche). The thin matchstick fries are not only fun to eat, but they are also impeccably crispy and expertly seasoned and salted. Enjoy the Atlanta skyline view as you munch!
Richards’ Southern Fried (Inman Park): The Fried Chicken Fries
The “Loaded Potato Wedges” at Richards’ Southern Fried in Krog Street Market are covered in strips of hot, spicy fried chicken, jalapenos, sour cream, bacon, scallions, and then topped with a cheesy sauce. The fries are thicker than typical fries; in fact, these are actually potato slices, and they provide a great vehicle for compiling sizeable bites of chicken with the fixings.
El Super Pan (Old 4th Ward): The Yuca Fries
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The yuca frita at Chef Hector Santiago’s El Super Pan in Ponce City Market are one of my favorite snacks. These piping hot, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside fries are thick-cut and paired with a selection of dipping sauces. I typically choose the cilantro chimichurri sauce or the aioli, both of which contrast nicely with the saltiness of the fries. These fries pair well with a cubano sandwich or a pork belly bun.
Yebo Beach Haus (Buckhead): The Dessert Fries
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Located on West Paces Ferry in the heart of Buckhead, Yebo Beach Haus offers “Funnel Cake Fries,” which are warm funnel cake fritters dusted with powdered sugar. These sweet, decadent fries are an excellent finale to a meal at this South African restaurant, and they come with either a raspberry, caramel, or chocolate dipping sauce (try the raspberry!). Founded by creative restaurateur Justin Anthony, Yebo Beach Haus feels like a beach house for half of the year and is transformed into a ski resort-like haven for the other half (“Yebo Ski Haus”).
Which fries are on your list to try? Let us know below in the comments!