Ask ChicagoNow: What are the best fries in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What are the best fries in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What are the best fries in Chicago?

“Portillo’s.” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“The frites at Hopleaf!” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Frietkoten Belgian Fries in Chicago’s French Market. They are served in a traditional paper cone mimicking the ‘fry shacks’ in Amsterdam. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside—they’re the best. Plus 20 original dipping sauces from which to choose.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“Will I be banned if I say Arby’s?” — Michelle Cahill, Mindful Chicago

“Little Bad Wolf. When I get their steak frites the fries are as much of the appeal as the meat. They go well with LBW’s amazing burgers too!” — Kim Z. Dale, Listing Beyond Forty

“Five Guys. People in Chicago don’t know how to cook fries.” — Lea Grover, Becoming SuperMommy

“McDonald’s and Chessie’s in Barrington, where you can eat in a train car.” — Judy Marcus, Opinionated Woman

“1. Poochie’s. 2. Superdawg. 3. Bad Apple. 4. Hopleaf.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“There is a Subway Tender (200 Desplaines Ave) in Forest Park that has the best Butter Garlic fries. Infields in the basement of Macy’s is a close runner up.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“Breakfast Poutine at the Red Lion in Lincoln Park. Not only are the fries (and everything on them) delicious…but if you get the eggs scrambled instead of fried, you get the bonus of the creamiest, most heavenly scrambled eggs in town.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Superdawg or Poochies! And I should know. I make sure to eat fries daily.” — Lucy Rendler-Kaplan, Small Girl, Big City

“All I know is McDonald’s fries are WAYYY better than Burger King’s. Other than that… I’m really into tater tots now…. and if we’re talking fast food, Quepapas from Pizza Hut are THE BEST!” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Tiny Fries at Tiny Lounge, Leavitt just south of Montrose. It’s the only place we say, “Gotta get the fries!” Other spots we get fries if they come with something, maybe. Served with tamarind ketchup and roasted garlic aioli. First you dip in the aioli; next fry goes in the tamarind ketchup. Back and forth, with the occasional fry not dipped at all!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Rosie’s. Followed by Portillo’s which seems to be the good enough back up for nearly everything.” — Pamela Valentine, Affirmed Mom

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