L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

Food - recipes, reviews, and discussion
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
M.Kaplan
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 4870
Joined: April 18th, 2009, 9:10 am
Location: Los Angeles

L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#1 Post by M.Kaplan » February 12th, 2019, 3:45 pm

https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-fren ... story.html

In-N-Out are indeed the worst. They taste and have the texture of drywall cooked in not hot enough oil.
---Mark

Elliot Steele
Posts: 515
Joined: March 19th, 2016, 8:40 pm
Location: Sherman Oaks

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#2 Post by Elliot Steele » February 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm

In-N-Out fries do indeed suck. All you need to know if you live in LA is that the best fries are at the Bellwether. Period. End of story. I would venture to say they are the best fries I've had anywhere on planet earth.
There's no U-Haul behind the hearse

User avatar
Brian G r a f s t r o m
Posts: 18053
Joined: February 3rd, 2009, 12:54 am
Location: westside

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#3 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » February 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm

In-N-Out fries went from terrible to edible when I started ordering them "well done." It's a good thing the burgers are delicious.
Los Angeles Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury

“All these characters spend their time explaining themselves, and happily recognizing that they hold the same opinions … how important they consider it to think the same things all together.” --- A.R.

CT handle: grafstrb

User avatar
Scott Watkins
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 1808
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 7:49 am
Location: Sherman Oaks

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#4 Post by Scott Watkins » February 12th, 2019, 8:35 pm

Elliot Steele wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm
In-N-Out fries do indeed suck. All you need to know if you live in LA is that the best fries are at the Bellwether. Period. End of story. I would venture to say they are the best fries I've had anywhere on planet earth.
Drop the mic!
“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson

User avatar
M.Kaplan
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 4870
Joined: April 18th, 2009, 9:10 am
Location: Los Angeles

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#5 Post by M.Kaplan » February 12th, 2019, 8:38 pm

The Bellwether fries are good (especially with their hot sauce, but the fried cauliflower with fish sauce is better). However, unless they’ve changed in the past month, the Bellwether isn’t a fast food restaurant.
---Mark

johngonzales
Posts: 7556
Joined: June 19th, 2009, 6:07 pm
Location: City of Angels

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#6 Post by johngonzales » February 13th, 2019, 12:51 pm

Yes, one has to ask for well-done fries at In’n’Out. It makes them edible.

I concur with the article that both McDonald’s and Steak’n’Shake fries are tasty. My wife’s from Bloomington-Normal, IL so I make sure to get the SnS fixes their. I went to the SaMo outpost once and it was not as good.

User avatar
Paul Luckin
Posts: 7339
Joined: February 19th, 2009, 2:58 pm
Location: Kenwood, CA

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#7 Post by Paul Luckin » February 13th, 2019, 1:06 pm

Arby's curly fries are legit.

don't get the love for 5-Guys though....unless it's based on sheer volume per order.
\m/ >_< \m/

ITB

User avatar
John Davis
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 2937
Joined: January 28th, 2009, 1:27 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#8 Post by John Davis » February 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm

I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too,

JD
ITB

User avatar
David Wright
Posts: 3167
Joined: February 15th, 2009, 12:31 pm
Location: Sonoran Desert

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#9 Post by David Wright » February 13th, 2019, 4:52 pm

Steak & Shake back east is good for fries. McDonald's used to be good, before they switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil (ca. 1990, before we knew that trans-fats are worse than other saturated fats). Some brave chain should go back to beef tallow for fries.

This article has a bit about the history of McDonald's fries (ignore the rest; the info is dated).
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2001 ... with-fries

User avatar
Dave English
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 576
Joined: July 3rd, 2012, 3:19 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#10 Post by Dave English » February 14th, 2019, 2:21 am

They should hit up the Belgians for a second opinion...after all they have a Fries Museum http://www.frietmuseum.be/en/museum.htm :-)

JesseC
Posts: 178
Joined: January 22nd, 2012, 1:12 pm
Location: Studio City, CA

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#11 Post by JesseC » February 14th, 2019, 1:20 pm

I'm glad to see Del Taco get some love for their fries, I've always been a big fan!
Jesse_Collins

User avatar
c fu
Moderator
<dfn>Moderator</dfn>
Posts: 30655
Joined: January 27th, 2009, 1:26 pm
Location: Pasadena

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#12 Post by c fu » February 15th, 2019, 10:14 am

johngonzales wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Yes, one has to ask for well-done fries at In’n’Out. It makes them edible.

I concur with the article that both McDonald’s and Steak’n’Shake fries are tasty. My wife’s from Bloomington-Normal, IL so I make sure to get the SnS fixes their. I went to the SaMo outpost once and it was not as good.
agreed, well done and they become edible.

I don't understand the love for McDonalds. If you don't finish them within 5 minutes they become plastic
Ch@rlie F|_|
"Roulot is Roulot"©

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/clayfu.wine

User avatar
Robert M yers
Contributor
Contributor
Posts: 2201
Joined: March 10th, 2010, 8:24 pm
Location: Cleveland

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#13 Post by Robert M yers » February 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm

John Davis wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm
I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too,

JD
I’ve found the key with 5 guys fries is they are so hot when they put them in the bag that if you close the bag they get soggy from the steam awfully fast. I think they are great right out of the fryer though.

johngonzales
Posts: 7556
Joined: June 19th, 2009, 6:07 pm
Location: City of Angels

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#14 Post by johngonzales » February 15th, 2019, 8:05 pm

c fu wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 10:14 am
johngonzales wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Yes, one has to ask for well-done fries at In’n’Out. It makes them edible.

I concur with the article that both McDonald’s and Steak’n’Shake fries are tasty. My wife’s from Bloomington-Normal, IL so I make sure to get the SnS fixes their. I went to the SaMo outpost once and it was not as good.
agreed, well done and they become edible.

I don't understand the love for McDonalds. If you don't finish them within 5 minutes they become plastic
So eat fast. Almost all fries suffer with time.

User avatar
B Thorne
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 170
Joined: March 18th, 2018, 8:01 pm

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#15 Post by B Thorne » February 15th, 2019, 8:09 pm

Arby's curly fries being ranked the same as their normal fries is a sin and makes me lose faith in this entire matrix.
B r i a n

Mike Evans
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 2953
Joined: January 30th, 2012, 9:22 am
Location: Atlanta, GA

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#16 Post by Mike Evans » February 16th, 2019, 7:09 am

Robert M yers wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
John Davis wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm
I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too,

JD
I’ve found the key with 5 guys fries is they are so hot when they put them in the bag that if you close the bag they get soggy from the steam awfully fast. I think they are great right out of the fryer though.
You hit one of the keys to 5 Guys, but also remember to pull out the wad of napkins at the top of the bag as well to improve air flow and avoid steam. I’ve also gotten better results asking for them to be extra crispy, which at least seems to ensure that they don’t pull them from the fat too soon. When cooked properly no other chain fry comes close, but when undercooked no one has worse fries. Not even In-N-Out, which got by far the best line of the article with:
Just as dumping the fries into a dirt pile on the shoulder of a highway access road and running over that pile with my car would also probably not make the fries any worse.

User avatar
c fu
Moderator
<dfn>Moderator</dfn>
Posts: 30655
Joined: January 27th, 2009, 1:26 pm
Location: Pasadena

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#17 Post by c fu » February 16th, 2019, 10:02 am

B Thorne wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Arby's curly fries being ranked the same as their normal fries is a sin and makes me lose faith in this entire matrix.
had the curly fries covered with cheese and brisket at the Baltimore airport. There is a God
Ch@rlie F|_|
"Roulot is Roulot"©

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/clayfu.wine

User avatar
John Davis
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 2937
Joined: January 28th, 2009, 1:27 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#18 Post by John Davis » February 16th, 2019, 10:16 am

Robert M yers wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
John Davis wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm
I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too,

JD
I’ve found the key with 5 guys fries is they are so hot when they put them in the bag that if you close the bag they get soggy from the steam awfully fast. I think they are great right out of the fryer though.
Yeah, we figured that out. Should have mentioned that.
ITB

User avatar
B Thorne
GCC Member
GCC Member
Posts: 170
Joined: March 18th, 2018, 8:01 pm

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

#19 Post by B Thorne » February 16th, 2019, 11:58 am

c fu wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 10:02 am
B Thorne wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Arby's curly fries being ranked the same as their normal fries is a sin and makes me lose faith in this entire matrix.
had the curly fries covered with cheese and brisket at the Baltimore airport. There is a God
How can we mere mortals be worthy of something so delectable?
B r i a n

Post Reply

Return to “Epicurean Exploits”