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Where in the World Are the Best Fries?

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23 Rue Jean Larrive, 69003 Lyon, France
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Best frites (aka French fries) EVER. They were hand-cut by the 87-year old owner, Madame Giraud. I wrote about her in my AFAR article about Lyon's bouchons. These frites were pure heaven paired with Madame's steak with brown butter. (Yes, I did...
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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Cafe du Parc restaurant is an extraordinary spot for French food. The menu is traditional French bistro, served on a great outdoor terrace. J'adore this spot—great moules-frites as well!
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6340 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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Next time you're in Hollywood, check this place out. The burgers are moist, and you can customize it to perfection (including pineapple!). With fresh cut fries and a drink for under $8, how can you go wrong?
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Cienfuegos 280, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Bistec a lo Pobre means "Poor Man's Steak", but the size of the portion is anything but poor. Bistec a lo Pobre is a traditional South American dish served, as seen in the photo, with a large sirloin steak, grilled onion, two fried eggs and a side...
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29 Frederick St S, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland
Start with chorizo-stuffed squid and a Hendrick’s martini. Follow these with a pancetta-topped lobster burger with truffle-and-Parmesan fries, and you’ll know that you’ve moved well beyond traditional fish and chips. 353/(0) 1-679-7000. This...
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Mons, 7000 Mons, Belgium
A friterie is to a Belgian is what McDonalds is to an American! Scattered around the country you often come across these friteries which sell as they main item "frites". They're also called "pommes frites" since they are made of potatoes. Just...
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Hongkou, Shanghai, China
Editor's note: So I'm no longer in Shanghai, but when I googled Caliburger for a friend recently, I've found out their address have changed. Here's the new location: Shanghai - Hongkou District, 1363 Sichuan Bei Lu, One Prime Shopping Mall, Level...
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1000 Brussels, Belgium
I don't understand why these fried potatoes tastes 100% different from the ones I buy at my local frites shop in Seattle. It must be the Belgium's touch. Each fried stripes were heavenly, not too hot that would burn the roof my mouth. After...
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7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
After Toronto, Montréal is the Canadian city with the largest population of residents of Italian descent. For more than a century, the community has been centered in one of the city's most charming neighborhoods, Little Italy. The way to...
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149 6 Rang, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC J0B 2E0, Canada
You haven't truly experienced Québec if you haven't had 'poutine.' It's the provincial road-side fast-food par excellence: french fries ("des frites") topped with fresh cheese-curds ("fromage en grains," or "squeakers" as they're known in some...
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Ipswich, UK
This incredible lobster roll is served at Choate Pub in Ipswich for $14.95. Delicious! Bloody Marys and fries also fabulous.
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Rue Saint-Boniface 35, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
How could anyone go to Brussels and NOT have moules-frites? I'm pretty sure it's a requirement. At least it was for me. After doing some extensive research on Chowhound and the New York Times, I discovered Au Vieux Bruxelles and made it my mission...
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Overtoom 160-162, 1054 HP Amsterdam, Netherlands
We had been to Gollem for a drink and a snack (note: the meat platter is hearty) the evening before, but when we found ourselves on Overtoom after visiting Vondelpark, with Gollem just opening for lunch, we went for it again. After all, it was our...
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2935 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703, USA
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When you find a place that you love, you tend to make an extra effort to return to that location every single time you're in town. Such is the case with Cozy Dog Drive In, in Springfield, Illinois. Every single time I am around, I cruise on up to...