Salt and oil-covered fingertips and big smiles often come along with a delicious basket of French fries, but only a vaunted few restaurants really do those skinny fried potatoes right.
It has to be soft but not soggy, crunchy but not burnt and complemented with the perfect taste of innovative condiments. A French fry must reach a specific status to be deemed the Best of the Best.
Whether you are on the North Fork or South Fork of the island, Dan’s Papers has you covered for the go-to places with French fries that make the cut.
First and South (100 South Street, Greenport, 631-333-2200) gives you options. Served either by themselves or with cheese, First and South’s First Fries come with homemade ketchup or, for $1 more, Sriracha mayo or black garlic aioli.
Since 1950, North Fork residents know Modern Snack Bar (628 Main Road, Riverhead, 631-722-3655) is the place to go for great home cooking. Their soft yet fluffy French fries are the perfect decadent fry. Soft and fluffy, these deserve their place among Dan’s Best of the Best.
To truly experience the Natural Cut Fries from Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill (104 3rd Street, Greenport, 631-477-6888), make sure to dip the crisp delights in Blue Canoe’s own Canoe Sauce. It will have you coming back for more.
At Love Lane Kitchen (240 Love Lane, Mattituck, 631-298-8989) choose from either Garlic French Fries, a mixture of perfectly seasoned, hand-cut Idaho potatoes cooked in garlic and herb infused oil, or Sweet Potato Fries, served with spicy chipotle mayonnaise.
As a celebrity hot spot, 75 Main (75 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-7575) is known for not only its famous visitors, but its crispy and perfectly salted fries.
Hand cut and twice fried is the promise of the hot fries being served up at Boom Burger (85 Montauk Highway, Westhampton Beach, 631-998-4663). Have your choice of French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries or Parmesan & Rosemary Fries.
A classic restaurant, The Driver’s Seat (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6606) offers thick and crisp French fries on the side of any appetizer or entree in need of a perfectly paired partner.
A French-accented pub, Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-8555) is especially fond of its French fries. Using Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes, these lovelies are double-blanched and fried in a canola-vegetable oil blend. These fries taste perfect on their own, but they can also be served in a delicious brown gravy.