Denver's ten best French fries

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Mark Manger
Those fries from Tarbell's are some of our favorites.
We're hedonists here at Café Society, and there are few things we love more than fried food. So we eat fries all over the city, delighting in both the pure form -- tubers fried crispy and expertly salted -- and the fancy kind that feature special dippers or smother the spuds in something delicious.


Jonesy's EatBar

The crew at Jonesy's makes excellent versions of both: We'd stick the golden-brown potato strips right in our arteries if we could, and we're equally enamored of the mac & cheese fries, which drowns those same fries in a creamy, savory roux, then adds grated cheddar, bits of smoky bacon and chives. That delight earned Jonesy's the Best French Fries award in the Best of Denver 2011.

But those aren't the only excellent fries in the Mile High City. Here are nine more favorites for your artery-clogging pleasure:

Tarbell's
Tarbell's got our nod forBest Burger this year, and the fries that come with the American Classic Burger, a monstrous meat sandwich, are worth a mention, too. Thin and wispy, the strips of potato get fried extra crispy and salted just right.

Cheeky Monk
This corner bar on Colfax wins us over with the sheer quantity of Belgian ales available, but every time we stop by, we can't resist ordering fries to munch while we drink. The thin, crispy frites come with garlic aioli if you order them on their own or as a side with a sandwich -- but we like them best in a bowl full of mussels

Steuben's
How do you make fried food even better? Smother it in gravy and cheese, of course. Which is exactly what earned Steuben's our Best Gravy Fries nod this year. Blocky tubers come out of the fryer and onto the plate, where they get coated in heavy country gravy and cheese, then baked until satisfying scorched bubbles begin to appear on top.

The Kitchen
The Kitchen wins us over with its rendition of thick cut fries for two reasons. First, the kitchen fries those suckers brown and so crispy that the crusty casing gives way to soft potato flesh within. Second, you can also get garlic fries at this joint, which means those hunks of tuber are doused in garlic butter, making them as addictive as crack.


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13 comments
jbbwlart
jbbwlart

What? No Truffle Fries from Ship Tavern? As a chef and bona fide food traveler, The fries at Ship are easily one of the top in the nation. I would gladly travel the 1,185 mile trip from my front door to theirs just to sample a single plate of them. The fact I can tell you this distance should tell you just how damned good they are!

Karenlsavage
Karenlsavage

Denver biscuit company has the best sweet potatoe fries on the planet

tRose
tRose

Root Down's fries suck, plus they're frozen...

hungry4frites
hungry4frites

What about that frite shop in Arvada?  Is that open yet?

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

Tried Park Burgers fries yesterday for the first time - terribly disappointing. Neighboring table had the sweet potato fries which looked but better than our regular potato fries which were limp and greasy about thirty seconds after they hit the table.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I once asked a server at Cheeky Monk what is the secret to their addictive fries. She told me they're sprinkled with sugar. I think it's actually crack, though.

Tony
Tony

chef ed's frites at highland pacific are the best in town

Claudia
Claudia

Those are really good, I like to mix some of the fresh horseradish in with the ketchup. The fries at Lohi Steak Bar are really good as well especially with their homemade ketchup.

Ben
Ben

Black Pearl no contest!

lipster
lipster

I just inhaled a large plate of Vesta's incredible fries, smothered in red cherry butter sauce (with my perfectly cooked grilled venison). So. Delicious.

Jugee1977
Jugee1977

What about the frites (sp?) at Bistro Vendome???? Yummy!!!

Skipper
Skipper

YES. hands down best.

davebarnes
davebarnes

Park Burger potato fries are OK.Park Burger sweet potato fries are delicious.

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