This Wednesday, July 13, is National French Fry Day. With so many different cuts and seasonings, there are flavors for every taste. Grab a burger and a beer or milkshake at these five places with mouthwatering fries.
Beef fat fries tossed with garlic confit and fresh rosemary are a dish best shared at Red Apron Butchery. The fries can also be fried in canola oil, and are served with a side of ranch aioli and ketchup. Grab a “Red Apron Original” too — the two beef patties, American cheese, all the fixings, and a brioche bun. It’s the perfect complement to the fries. 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax
If you’re a fry fan, you’ll need to stop by a Big Buns Damn Good Burger location. If you’re a traditionalist, the plain fries served with sea salt and black pepper don’t disappoint. The chipotle aioli they’re served with is perfect, too. There are also parmesan truffle fries, cajun fries, queso cheese fries, and for the ones who want to go all in — bacon queso fries. They’re crispy and hot, served with a melty cheese and applewood smoked bacon bits. Salivating yet? So am I! Multiple locations
Sometimes thick cut fries just hit the spot. All About Burger’s version doesn’t let down fry enthusiasts. They come in regular and Cajun seasoned versions and taste great with one of the chain’s premium milkshakes. With more than 30 flavors, it’s hard to pick just one, but the classic black and white tastes downright delectable with a burger and fries. Multiple locations
We all know and love a certain chicken chain’s waffle fries. Have you tried Hot Lola’s version? Their seasoned waffle fries bring the heat (so does their chicken!). The flawlessly flavorful fries are wonderful with a three-piece chicken tender meal. The spice factor list has amusing names, too, like “Hot Boy,” “Get Lit,” and “Flippin’ Hot.” Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from all chicken sales will go to benefit a rotating nonprofit. 4238 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 112, Arlington
Basic Burger prides itself on locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality, including beef from 100 percent certified Angus cattle and chicken raised in humane cage-free environments with no added hormones or antibiotics. The quality food is part of what makes the fries such a standout. There are of course regular thin-cut fries with sea salt or house seasoning. The sweet potato fries, crispy and served with a side of specialty sweet and savory dipping sauce, are outstanding. If you want to go wild, try the loaded “moo fries,” shoestring fries with chipotle ranch, crisp bacon, shaved parmesan, and scallions all topped with a fried egg. 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington
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