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.
- Arby's (Curly Fries)
- Lion's Choice (Too often, they are too greasy, but when they are good, they are really good, especially with horseradish sauce.)
- KFC (Potato Wedges)
- White Castle
- Taco Bell (Nacho Fries)
- Five Guy's
- Burger King
- Freddy's (Like Steak 'n Shake was before it got consistently bad.)
- Dairy Queen
- Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.)
- Sonic (Peterson really should try the tots or onion rings instead — Sonic doesn't need to bother with fries.)
- Jack in the Box
- Steak 'n Shake
How would you rank them? Limiting the rankings to fast food chains, whom else would you add?