French Fry Rankings

By Tim Butler | Posted at 8:00 PM

Lucas Kwan Peterson ranks fast food french fries, a deliciously good idea. He gets some of the essentials right, though I have to disagree on a few points. What he got very right, though, is his take on McDonald's fries:

McDonald’s fries, for approximately 4½ minutes, while they’re absolutely searing hot, are the greatest food on Earth. But their half-life is astoundingly fast, and by the time these babies are cold, they taste like mealy little icicles. The batch I sampled was warm, not piping, so their greatness was compromised. But I love a thin fry and, perhaps more, I love the memory of great McDonald’s fries I’ve had in the past.

On the flip side, I don't know where he found a good Steak 'n Shake fry (they are capable of greatness, but that greatness is hard to find any longer) and Chick-Fil-A waffle fries should be way towards the top with a satisfying texture and strong potato-y flavor. My rankings are below the fold.

These are my rankings of the places Peterson ranked, with a few additions for good measure, which are italicized.

  1. McDonald's
  2. Chick-Fil-A
  3. Wendy's
  4. Culver's
  5. Arby's (Curly Fries)
  6. Lion's Choice (Too often, they are too greasy, but when they are good, they are really good, especially with horseradish sauce.)
  7. KFC (Potato Wedges)
  8. White Castle
  9. Taco Bell (Nacho Fries)
  10. Five Guy's
  11. Burger King
  12. Rally's
  13. Popeye's
  14. Freddy's (Like Steak 'n Shake was before it got consistently bad.)
  15. Dairy Queen
  16. Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.)
  17. Sonic (Peterson really should try the tots or onion rings instead — Sonic doesn't need to bother with fries.)
  18. Jack in the Box
  19. Steak 'n Shake

How would you rank them? Limiting the rankings to fast food chains, whom else would you add?

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