This week’s Fry Day takes AY About You to one of Little Rock’s best known Irish places, Dugan’s Pub at 401 E 3rd St!
Dugan’s is approaching its 10th anniversary in October, according to owner Don Dugan.
“It’s something that I wanted to do for a long time, and felt like Little Rock needed a good Irish pub.”
While all of the food at Dugan’s Pub is well-known and loved, Dugan tells us about the unique French fries.
“We hand cut them everyday, and we go through about 15 gallons worth a day—that’s just French fries. They’re larger than your normal fry at 3/8th inches.”
Dugan explains that his fry is in the middle between an American French fry and an Irish “chip.”
“A chip in Ireland is more in an oval or a round shape, cut differently, but still comes out like a French fry. Ours are probably closer to steak fries than they are to regular fries,” Dugan explains. “It also goes well with burgers or a sandwich, so there’s plenty of potato in the fry, and it’s cooked to a golden brown.”
After hand cutting the Idaho russet potatoes into fries, they are stored in a five-gallon bucket of water with a little bit of lemon. Because the demand for fries at Dugan’s is so great, the fries never spend very long soaking.
As far as dipping sauces go, customers have used a wide range of condiments from ketchup to ranch to honey mustard to barbecue.
Dugan mentions that while it isn’t on the menu, they also do cheese fries. The fries are covered with cheddar cheese, bacon, drizzled with cheese dip and served with ranch. He also says they are also experimenting with an Irish poutine that consists of fries, corn beef, Guinness gravy and diced up mozzarella sticks.
Be sure to taste the influence of the Irish at Dugan’s Pub!