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View Poll Results: Best Fries
A&W 2 1.32%
Arby's 10 6.58%
Burger King 5 3.29%
Carl's Jr 1 0.66%
Checkers 5 3.29%
5 Guys 21 13.82%
Good Burger 0 0%
In-N-Out 7 4.61%
Jack in the Box 1 0.66%
KFC 1 0.66%
McDonalds 49 32.24%
Popeyes 3 1.97%
Sonic 1 0.66%
Steak;n Shake 4 2.63%
Wendy's 18 11.84%
White Castle 2 1.32%
other (write in) 22 14.47%
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:30 PM
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Best Fries

There were a bunch of fast-food polls on here a couple months ago, but a search didn't find a thread asking simply about the quality of the fries.

My vote goes to Checkers, simply because they're the only fries I can eat without feeling the need to add anything to them - they're perfect as served.

5 Guys gets special credit for giving you an entire paper bag full of fries when you order the small. I don't think anybody has EVER ordered the large.

Also some credit to KFC - their fries are the only edible thing they serve.

Worst goes to Burger King - are those warts or zits covering the breading?
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:37 PM
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I agree with Burger King being the worst out of those I've tried. For best, of those I've tried I like McDonalds.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:40 PM
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The old fries with truffle salt at Edzo's Burgers in Evanston IL.

Wiener and Still Champion gives them a run for their money also in Evanston.

Seriously, in the last few years Evanston has experienced a burger and fries Renaissance that is difficult to comprehend. Wiener and Still Champ along with Edzo's are the best, Five Guys is trailing the pack and the local places like the Celtic Knot and Buffalo Joes do some great burgers.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:45 PM
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I picked "Other". In recent memory, the best french fries I had were at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum, Washington.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:46 PM
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There is an Australian chain called Red Rooster that does the best fries I have ever had from a fast food outlet.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:46 PM
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I could have picked other now that I think about it. The thin fries from the Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz are awesome.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:49 PM
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I picked Other. It's not a chain, but Pomme Frites in the East Village (NYC) has the best fries I've ever had.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:58 PM
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I picked other because fast food fries at their best are not like a true Burbank russet, hand cut and fried properly.

McDonald's fries are good for the same reason their fountain soda is good. Proper service of the macine. Temps and clean oil used only for fries are major part as well. The actual fry itself I find not all that great. Kinda mushy interior. Seems extruded and does not taste of potato. But it ranks high even in my mind due to proper exicution.

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:58 PM
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The old fries with truffle salt at Edzo's Burgers in Evanston IL.

Wiener and Still Champion gives them a run for their money also in Evanston.

Seriously, in the last few years Evanston has experienced a burger and fries Renaissance that is difficult to comprehend. Wiener and Still Champ along with Edzo's are the best, Five Guys is trailing the pack and the local places like the Celtic Knot and Buffalo Joes do some great burgers.
Mmmm...Wiener and Still Champion's fries. And pretty much anything else they have on the menu. I've never been to Edzo's though, and I lived in Evanston for five years. Need to trek out there.

Of the ones listed, I voted Five Guys. They're the closest in style to the type of fry that I like. Ten or fifteen years ago, I surely would have gone with McDonald's, and they're still my favorite when it comes to that style of skinless, golden fry.

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:59 PM
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McDonalds, with good reason.

The other end of the spectrum is In-N-Out, 15 minutes after they are made. Good piping hot, but they go south very rapidly.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:00 PM
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Of the places on the list that I've tried, Five Guys wins. Fresh potatoes hot from the fryer are hard to beat.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:23 PM
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Of the choices I went with Carl's junior. their waffle fries are great crispy and crunch exterior with a good potato flavor on the interior. I just tried 5 guys for the first time this weekend while the burger was very good I was unimpressed with their Cajun fries to the point that I'd say the curly fries from Jack in the box are better. I like In-n-out but there is a short window while they're good. Wendys, burger king, and mcdonalds are all the same and I don't remember the others that I've had so they obviously didn't impress me.

The best of the chains is Red Robin but I think of them more as a restaurant then fast food which is the point of this poll.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:49 PM
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Sonic has very good Tater Tots and Fries.

A lot depends on how fresh the oil is. Some places don't change it often enough. The Sonic near me cranks out very good food.

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:56 PM
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McDonalds is still the gold-standard amongst the "majors", but since 5 Guys is in the list, I had to pick theirs.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:09 PM
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There is an Australian chain called Red Rooster that does the best fries I have ever had from a fast food outlet.
DING DING DING DING. Another vote for Red Rooster. Utterly glorious!
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:42 PM
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We tried the new Wendys fries. I suspect rancid oil was used.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:52 PM
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Five Guys wins this easily.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:04 PM
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Mmmm...Wiener and Still Champion's fries. And pretty much anything else they have on the menu. I've never been to Edzo's though, and I lived in Evanston for five years. Need to trek out there.

Of the ones listed, I voted Five Guys. They're the closest in style to the type of fry that I like. Ten or fifteen years ago, I surely would have gone with McDonald's, and they're still my favorite when it comes to that style of skinless, golden fry.
I'm going to write in Cross-Rhodes for the Evanston contingent.

Dammit, now I want to schlep all the way over there! A feta burger or skirt steak sandwich from there would be a beautiful thing right now, too.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:18 PM
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I had to go with Arby's. I like their curly fries alongside a Market Fresh BLT.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:34 PM
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McDonald's has the best fries, with White Castle's fries at a close second.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:42 PM
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Do Taco Time Mexifries count?
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:44 PM
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Definitely Five Guys. They're so much better than anything else out there.

Worst has to be Wendy's.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:48 PM
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I'm going to write in Cross-Rhodes for the Evanston contingent.

Dammit, now I want to schlep all the way over there! A feta burger or skirt steak sandwich from there would be a beautiful thing right now, too.

How did I forget those?!? Greek fries from Cross Rhodes are wonderful but to get the full effect you have to order the gyro plate to go. The gyro meat drips onto the fries and combines with the lemon oil mix to make something that is just about perfect.


Oh and fyi, I know the owner Jeff pretty well. I've asked him for the recipe for the Greek fries and he says he has tried many times to make a small batch recipe but he never can get it to taste like the multi gallon batches he makes at the restaurant. I've tried as well and something is always missing with the consistency.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:10 PM
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How did I forget those?!? Greek fries from Cross Rhodes are wonderful but to get the full effect you have to order the gyro plate to go. The gyro meat drips onto the fries and combines with the lemon oil mix to make something that is just about perfect.


Oh and fyi, I know the owner Jeff pretty well. I've asked him for the recipe for the Greek fries and he says he has tried many times to make a small batch recipe but he never can get it to taste like the multi gallon batches he makes at the restaurant. I've tried as well and something is always missing with the consistency.
I worked there in HS for a week when they first opened; I grew up across the alley. I was splitting a busperson shift with 3 friends, but Jeff decided that he'd rather have one full-timer. I can't say that I blamed him, and I wouldn't have lasted long anyway; full bus trays of dishes were doing a number on my back. I think the guy he hired instead is still there.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:51 PM
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I voted "other" because Del Taco wasn't on the list.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:59 PM
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I voted "other" because Del Taco wasn't on the list.
I'm with you. Del Taco's fries rock.

However, Wendy's and Carl's Jr. both have new fries, and they are very good, too. I can't believe McDonald's is winning- their fries haven't been good since they quit using lard. They're serviceable for about 2 minutes just out of the fryer, but still nothing to write home about.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:09 PM
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I I can't believe McDonald's is winning- their fries haven't been good since they quit using lard.
Don't think they ever used lard--it was beef tallow, or a mix of beef tallow and oil.

ETA: Unfortunately, the Del Taco outpost they had here in Chicago didn't last very long, and I had no idea the fries were worth trying (or that they even had fries), so I'm curious now about these Del Taco fries. Next time I'm on the West Coast.....

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Old 02-15-2011, 09:19 PM
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Don't think they ever used lard--it was beef tallow, or a mix of beef tallow and oil.

Ah, well, whatever it was, I vaguely remember them being so good...
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:31 PM
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Ah, well, whatever it was, I vaguely remember them being so good...
They apparently were 7% cottonseed oil and 93% beef tallow. Looks like they switched over to all oil in 1990. Well, not actually 100% oil, as they got sued for using beef extract in the oil (to replicate that tallow flavor, I guess) in 2001. I'm not sure whether they still use it or not, though. Their ingredient list says "natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]," which makes it sound like it's not quite actual beef anymore.

I think of the majors, they're still the best.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:27 PM
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My fry preference is idiosyncratic: soggy greasy fries, as close to being a potato as possible. My favorite are steak fries at a good sit-down place, but fast food places don't carry steak fries. So the fat crinkle kind are second-best. I picked White Castle (also Culver's fries, which are the same style). But McDonald's are in second place, since they tend to be squishier than average. I don't like crispy fries very much. I prefer them as close to the status of "mashed potatoes" as possible (since I'm a mashed potato FIEND).

I know I'm weird. But it worked out nicely when I was little. My sister loved the crispy overcooked fries and I liked the undercooked ones. We would trade!

(and yeah I stopped eating BK fries when they changed the recipe--they're worse than warts)

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Old 02-15-2011, 10:28 PM
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Maybe you guys haven't had A&W's fries lately (well, unfortunately, neither have I) but don't you remember those awesome spices? They needed NOTHING added to them. They were fantastic.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:56 PM
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Off the top of my head, I like the fries from Harvey's (a chain I believe is confined to Canada) the best. A&W has good fries, too.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:06 PM
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My favorite are steak fries at a good sit-down place, but fast food places don't carry steak fries. So the fat crinkle kind are second-best.
Where can you even get crinkle cut fries at a fast food place? We don't have most of the places listed in the poll here, and everyone that we do serves shoe string. My favorites are steak fries as well, then crinkle cut. Shoe string are barely worth eating (if you don't like crispy, which I don't), and curly fries definitely aren't.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:18 PM
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elfkin, allow me to refer you to post #25. And to rachel, they are mostly soft and not very greasy. Kinda like grease-less Nathan's fries.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:59 PM
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elfkin, allow me to refer you to post #25. And to rachel, they are mostly soft and not very greasy. Kinda like grease-less Nathan's fries.
Oh. Too bad it, like 10 of the places on the poll, isn't one we have around here.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:44 AM
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Burger King's fries taste like burnt plastic to me. Ever since they went to that batter covering all those years ago, I haven't been able to eat them. It's a shame, because I liked their burgers the best of all the chains - not that I eat fast food burgers anymore, but I used to like them. They lost my business when they 'improved' their fries.

McDonald's fries are fine. Steak & Shake fries suck - they're so skinny they were cooked hard the 2 or 3 times I had them. Chick Fil-a's waffle fries suck. KFC's fried hunks o' batter-dipped potato are pretty tasty, but not really the same as 'fries'.

I voted for Wendy's fries as the best. I loved the ones they sold a until few months back, before they went to the skin-on fries. They were tasty and had a rich potato flavor. I like skin-on fries just fine, but I wouldn't have replaced my favorite fast-food fries with them. Now if Burger King would have replaced their plastic-fries with them, I'd have cheered it. That said, the new Wendy's fries are good, but I'm not sure I like them as much as the old-style.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:51 AM
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Kiwanis fries and vinegar.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:08 AM
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McDonalds is the long standing champion of best fries, by such a large margin, that it used to not even be worth bothering getting fries anywhere else (fast food wise - regular restaurants are ok if they serve waffle fries). But recently Wendy's reformed and started making shoestring fries with sea salt which are pretty good. Still not as good as McD fries, but good enough to order their superior nuggets and be lazy enough to settle for their fries rather than making an extra trip to McDs just for fries....

It seems 5 Guys is getting some play in the polls. Never heard of them. I assume it's a regional thing?
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:12 AM
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It seems 5 Guys is getting some play in the polls. Never heard of them. I assume it's a regional thing?
They're originally out of the DC area (Arlington, VA), but they've spread across the land (Wikipedia says they're in 40 states.) Chicago has had a big influx of 5 Guys locations in the last 2 years or so, when previously few people had heard of them.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:30 AM
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Also not counting fast food, Ruby Tuesday's are pretty good. And they have free fry refills!
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:48 AM
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Chick-Fil-A's waffle fries may be my favorite.

Jack-in-the-Box's "natural cut" fries are pretty good.

Every once in a while, Arby's seasoned curly fries hit the spot.

Whataburger fries are nothing special, but they're consistently good and they get bonus points for the ketchup packets that are made for dipping.

Mmmm... fries
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:48 AM
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Writing in Wienerschnitzel. Them and McDonald's are the only fries I can eat without putting anything on them.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:02 AM
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Five Guys with Cajun seasoning wins, with Chik-Fil-A's waffle fries as the runner up. Also, voting for any non-large chain in the write-in is cheating IMO.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:07 AM
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Hmm I voted for Wendy's without reading the thread. Turns out I haven't had Wendy's fries in maybe 10 months, so I didn't know they were changed.

I did vote for Wendy's previous iteration of fries over McDonalds.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:03 AM
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I went with Arby's since I like their curly fries.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:23 AM
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Assuming they're relatively fresh out of the fryer, McDonalds wins, hands down for me.

The worst (to me) are Burger King---they batter their fries first? Starch on starch is kinda gross, has a terrible texture (slimy and crispy and...rough...for lack of a better word) and the flavor is just weird. They're gross to the point where I don't go to Burger King any more*--the burgers are better but the fries are actually gross.



*Also BK's disgusting extruded onion-batter fried product.

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:29 AM
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I had to go with Arby's. I like their curly fries alongside a Market Fresh BLT.
Same here. Their curly fries are my favorite of the ones I've had from the list.

Second goes to Jack in the Box, dipped in their ranch dressing, or Wendy's new ones with sea salt.

McDonalds fries make me nauseous. McDonalds everything makes me nauseous, actually; I haven't been in one in about a decade.

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:44 AM
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It doesn't count as "fries" but Arby's Potato Cakes are clearly superior to everything else.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:50 AM
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McDonalds. And IMO, it is because of the salt. Whenever I go to McDonalds, which is rare, I always ask for extra salt.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:13 AM
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The Original Hot Dog Shop, University of Pittsburgh. Nothing is really good there but the fries, but the fries are great.

They serve 30,000 pounds of fries every week.
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