Today, July 13, is National French Fries Day, so we must celebrate with a list!
Below are my top 10 best French fries in Little Rock (in ranking order). And you will not find any chain restaurants on this list. Sorry, McDonald’s and Rally’s.
Read, drool, and go find these fries today.
- The Root Café
For $6, The Root will let you have the best of both worlds with a basket that includes regular French fries and sweet potato fries. These hand-cut fries come with a side of hickory chip spicy mayo and organic ketchup.
- Hubcap Burger Company’s
For lack of a better term, I am just going to label Hubcap Burger Company’s fries as planks. These thin, yet crispy fries are mildly addictive and will have you making regular trips to the new-ish eatery on Cantrell.
- David’s Burgers
David’s has endless fries for dine-in customers. Now, does that automatically translate into awesome fries? Well, yes. But all kidding aside, David’s ability to take hand-cut fries, toss them around in a big metal bowl with seasoning, and stack the greasy treats on a few napkins in the center of your table, is pure genius. And they are legitimately great.
- Big Orange
Big Orange has the trifecta of fries (house, truffle garlic-herb, and sweet potato) and they are all excellent. I’ve even been known to order all three in one sitting. I am particularly fond of the waffle-cut sweet potatoes fries with the side of mango-curry ketchup.
- Capital Bar and Grill (temporarily closed)
This is a fries’ fry, as traditional as it gets with an irresistible crispiness and a perfect size than leans somewhat close to a thicker shoestring.
- Doe’s Eat Place
Doe’s fries will remind you a lot of David’s but with one big difference, and it has nothing to do with the fries themselves. It’s the accompanying 3-pound Porterhouse that produces a puddle of what’s affectionately known as “meat juice.” Just dunk your fries in it. Trust me.
- Ciao Baci
If I was ranking this list on French fries I’ve eaten most often, then Ciao Baci would be no. 1. I love these fries. They are fairly thick, always crispy, and pair so well with the cheeseburger. And during these crazy pandemic times, I can also tell you that they travel well for takeout.
- Maddie’s Place (temporarily closed)
Word on the street is that Maddie’s Place is making its comeback from temporary COVID-19 closure in about two weeks. Folks can’t wait to get their hands on Maddie’s crispy, hand-cut French fries. On a good day, these fries could easily reside at the top of this list.
- The Faded Rose
There is not another place in town doing large, fat potato wedges like The Faded Rose. While some folks might immediately write off the wedges based purely on disdain for such a thick, fried potato, I celebrate them, especially when I can dip each one in the buttermilk dressing.
- Boulevard Bread Co.
Ok, where do I begin? Well, these are perfect French fries. They are a touch greasy, but in a good way, and I love the crispy skins. Even the smaller, ugly ducklings of the batch are tasty morsels. And there is something about eating these fries that make me feel like I am sitting at a bistro in Paris. But I am in Little Rock, devouring the best fries in town.
Reader Recommended French Fries:Eat My Catfish, Burger Shack (Benton), Peppermill Café & Grill (Cabot), Leo’s Greek Castle, Buenos Aires Grill & Café, Hill Station, Smokin’ Buns (Jacksonville), North Bar, Mama’s Gyros Grill (Sherwood), MooMoo’s Café (Sheridan)
*Capital Bar and Grill photo via their Facebook