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Who Has the Best French Fries in SOWAL?

Discussion in 'Dining and Food' started by Iris, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Iris

    Iris Beach Fanatic

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    Does anyone have real homemade french fries from fresh potatoes (not frozen, with seasoning, or batter)? Five Guys at Pier Park and Ft Walton area great ones, but looking in SOWAL. Thanks for your opinions.
     
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    scooterbug44 SoWal Expert

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    I think Smiling Fish has the best fries.
     
  3. beachmouse

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    Aegean by the outlet mall. The fries and their kalamata olive spread are their killer aps.
     
  4. gmarc

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    my favorite are the red bar and nobodys touches the red bars onion rings
     
  5. Teresa

    Teresa Moderator Staff Member

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    98 BBQ has hand cut fries, delicious. Also, Johnny McTighes. I have been wanting to check out the fish and chips at Maries.

    There are some good fries in SoWal but you MUST know where to look.

    OH, The Vue (Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club) - absolutely awesome small wedge fries.

    I agree with above statement about Aegean - I love everything about that place.

    Seagrove Village Market Cafe has very good fries.

    The real and real good french fry is vanishing. The fake tasting (coated) ones are taking over, even in some of our favorite places around town.
     
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  6. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Little Italy in Grayton. Order a plate and sprinkle parmesan and pepper- I don't know if they are fresh cut or not, but they are the best and freshest fries I have had since moving here!
     
  7. joho

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    I have to agree with you, 98 BBQ, The Vue, and McTighes.
     
  8. joho

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    Nicks on the Beach onion rings are hand sliced, dipped and breaded per order. They're pretty good.
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  9. Miss Kitty

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    McTighes...hands down!
     
  10. Teresa

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    on the list to try asap!
     
  11. kurt

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    My rules for the fry contest:

    - no corn starch coating to make it crispy even though it's been under the heat lamp for 2 hours. Hello! Fries are supposed to taste like grease and potatoes not corn starch.

    - If they've been out of the hot oil for more than 5 minutes drop them in the trash can on your way to my table. You are not going to make my list if you ever put them under a heat lamp.

    - do not put any salt or seasoning on them. I'll handle that thank you.

    - I require decent ketchup. And no packets! By the time I open the required 22 packets my fries are either eaten or cold, and I have ketchup all over my hands.

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    Damn you mexican restaurant industry! You make some excellent fries. How come all of you decided to start using packets on the same day?
     
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    Teresa Moderator Staff Member

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    a life lesson: mexican restaurants always have the BEST french fries. must be the oil.
     
  13. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    Kurt,
    Best individual ketchup dispensers ever in Australia. You just squeeze the two ends of the packet and it all pops it. Not like squeezing tube toothpaste which is slow. We used them on "chips" (Australian for fries). "Chips" are the standard bar food there. $6 a serving.

    In contrast, in Spain even in a restaurant where the meal is $100 and above per person, it is stylish to serve chips as an appetizer. But those chips are like our Lay's classic potato chips. Weird.

    Here's a photo of the ingenious ketchup packet and a "chip" at a bar snack in Australia.
     

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  14. DD

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    Thank you!! My feelings exactly! Make 'em fresh crinkles and they're a winner in my book.
     
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    heck, I love frozen, fried crinkles at any ole diner!
     
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    frozen'll do too. i bet there's not many fresh crinkles around any more. sadly.
     
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    No packets - just refill the bottle on the table as needed.

    I think what else is in the oil improves flavor - biggest mistake McDonald's ever made was stopping the beef fat for their fries.
     
  18. kitlit

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    My favorites on 30A are Pandora's (big, fat, starchy steak fries!), Flip Flops (big, fat, starchy string cut fries!) and Sally's (frozen, fat, starchy crinkles fries!)... Can you tell I don't care for 'em crispy?

    Truth be told, I never met a french fry I didn't like :drool:, but I do like some more than others...

    McTighes' are good for the grease factor, but are too skinny. They are, however, instantly moved to the top of my list when consumed with Ms. Kitty after an evening of smokin', drinkin', cussin' and dancin' to Redd's singin' over at Sally's next door...

    That makes them EPIC! :cool: :wub:
     
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    Kit, you are absolutely right. Kitty makes everything better!!
     
  20. pflbchlvr

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    98 Barbeque......... the bomb fries!!:clap:
     

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