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Best of Fries

A critique of your favorite french fry forms

Alyssa Story, Managing Editor

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WAFFLE FRY:

Done correctly, these are the most delicious fries. The waffle fry is the quintessential potato vessel for grease, salt, and other toppings of choice. When crisped up, the crevices become crunchy nooks of flavor, and the shape creates optimal sturdiness and crispness. Sadly, coming in contact with a rightly cooked and seasoned waffle fry is like finding a four leaf clover. Itís rare and you better enjoy it while it lasts.

5/5 Yams.

MCDONALDS “FACTORY” FRY:

Classic, reliable, but boring. The uniform shape texture and size of these might create for and enjoyable eating experience, but they always leave me wanting more. The basic fast food fry is a reliable option when looking for a crispy potato snack, but falls short in culinary excitement.

4/5 Russet potatoes.

CRINKLE CUT FRIES:

These are one of the more disappointing variations of the fried potato stick. While it may seem like a good choice, the crinkle cut fry is best to be avoided. The ratio of crispy outer to soft inner is often unbalanced, which can cause a crunch deficit. While the ridges create some semblance of mouth excitement, they do not make up for the lack of structural integrity.

3/5 Russian banana potatoes.

CURLY FRIES:

Don’t be dazzled by the spiral, curly fries are a disgrace to the fry community. Curly fries lack the elegance of their potato counterparts, and are an unwelcome divulgence from the beauty of a classic fry.

2/5 French fingerling potatoes.

BAKED FRY:

They are called fries: for one to bake a fry is sacrilege. Yes, they are a healthy alternative to frying, but does one eat fries for health? No. If you want health, eat a salad. When baking a fry you are left with two options, either a dry inside and crunchy outside or a moist yet soft fry. Both suck.

1/5 Yukon gold potatoes.

POTATO WEDGES:

These are not fire. These “fries” lack the necessary crispiness of a delicious fry; they are only good when hot (a telltale sign of a lackluster potato) and are either undercooked or too limp. If you eat these, you might as well eat a baked potato.

0/5 Potatoes

 

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