Tuesday, November 27, 2012
French fries are certainly ubiquitous. They serve as plate filler in all sorts of restaurants across this country, too frequently in absurd quantities. However, great fries are a true treat. I could go for some from In-N-Out, well done, anytime. I think they're the only fast food fries that taste like real potatoes. And I love being able to watch someone prep them right in front of me....from potato to fryer to my mouth. But many places are able to take fries to a whole new level. While traveling in Europe, particularly the Low Countries and France I have had some wonderful pommes frites. My favorites have been from a stand in Brussels, a festival in Luxembourg and Chez Denise in Paris. Everyone seems to have a few secrets for a truly great fry, but one consistent element seems to twice-fried. Here in the States my favorites have been Les Halles in New York City and Duckfat in Portland, Maine. Here CNN gives Duckfat some recognition.