There are some foods you can’t separate.
Peanut butter and jelly. Waffles and fried chicken. And burgers and fries.
I don’t care how full I am, I will order a bag of fries with every burger, period.
The saltiness, the crispiness, the oiliness — fries are the perfect complement to a greasy burger topped with melted cheese and smoky bacon, leafy lettuce and a fresh slice of tomato. You really can’t beat it.
So when Frolic Hawai‘i asked me to blog about my Top 5 favorite fries, I actually had a hard time narrowing it down.
Because it really all depends.
While the basic criteria are simple — texture, temperature, crispiness, taste — the subjectiveness is what muddles the list.
Like nostalgia. Or price. Or when I’m eating these fries. (I’m far less picky about my fried choices when I’ve just come from the beach.)
And then picking just five was heart-wrenchingly difficult.
Truly, there are others that didn’t make my Top 5 list.
And don’t get me started on fries outside the island. (The fries at In-N-Out Burger [top] — individually cut at the restaurant, cooking in 100 percent vegetable oil, never frozen — are among my all-time favorites.)
So what should we be looking for in the fries?
Here are my criteria: they’ve got to be golden brown, slightly crispy and hot. I like the crunch, though I can deal with a soggy fry if it doesn’t taste like a wad of cooking oil. I’m not a huge fan of steak fries or ones breaded before they’re tossed into a deep fryer. (Remember when Burger King changed their fries? Terrible.) I like them on the skinnier side, fresh is always best, and double-fried makes ’em better.
And hey, I’m never above a bag from McDonald’s, either!
Got a favorite frites? (I have lots of room on my Favorite Fries list!)