15 Craveable Fries in Austin
Fries are deliciously decadent, vegetarian and (usually) gluten-free – they might be the ultimate unifier. Traditionally a street food, they have been elevated to new levels by a number of creative chefs, but at their essence, they are still indulgent comfort food at its finest. Here are 15 notable renditions around town.
Chi'Lantro's Kimchi Fries
Long before this Korean-Tex-Mex trailer went brick-and-mortar, it developed a cult following for kimchi fries (shown at top), a sloppy and delicious pile of fries, caramelized kimchi, cheddar and Jack cheeses, onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, Sriracha, "special sauce" and your choice of protein (rib-eye beef, spicy pork, spicy chicken, soy-glazed chicken or tofu).
Photo courtesy of Salty Sow
Salty Sow's Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries
You don't know decadence until you've tried the crispy, rich triple duck fat fries at Salty Sow, topped with béarnaise and a 110-minute egg (named after the time it needs to sous vide to achieve silken perfection). We dare you to share with friends.
1917 Manor Rd.; 512-391-2337
Photo by Gabe Reyna/Frank
Frank's Reuben Fries
This popular Downtown hot dog joint is known for its crispy waffle fries, available with a variety of options (including plenty for vegans). While the Reuben fries are not veggie-friendly, they are delicious, smothered in Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, corned beef and Thousand Island dressing.
407 Colorado St.; 512-494-6916
P. Terry's Fries
Way before Shake Shake and In-and-Out Burger waltzed into town, Austin had P. Terry's, a burger stand dedicated to natural beef burgers and fries cut fresh from real potatoes and fried without trans fats or hydrogenated oils. And those thin fries, perfectly crisp and salted, continue to prevail.
Photo by Letitia Smith
Kebabalicious' Zucchini Fries
If you're seeking something lighter than potatoes, Kebabalicious has you covered with their zucchini fries, which are dredged in an egg, flour and Middle Eastern-spiced bread crumbs, then lightly fried, topped with fresh grated Romano Parmesan and served with a Mediterranean roasted red bell pepper aïoli sauce and a lime wedge.
Photo courtesy of East Side King
East Side King's Beet Fries
The beet fries are what put this popular Asian street food chain on the map, back when it was a lone trailer behind Liberty Bar. And the better-for-you fries are just as delicious today, sprinkled with salt and green onions and served with a cup of togarashi kewpie mayo for dipping.
Workhorse Bar's Sweet Potato Fries
Regulars love the sweet potato fries at this North Loop watering hole, where they are fried to crisp perfection and sprinkled with brown sugar and nutmeg.
100 North Loop Blvd. E.; 512-323-5700
Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy Burger Bar's Parmesan Truffle Fries
There's no better match to Hopdoddy's juicy, grass-fed burgers than the fries they cut fresh from Kennebec potatoes... in particular, the Parmesan truffle fries, which are showered in cheese and chives and served with an umami-rich truffle aïoli.
Fresh Off the Truck's Ni-Haowdy Fries
The crispy fries at this Mueller-based trailer come either dusted with a togarashi spice blend or served as the gussied up Ni-Haowdy style, topped with XO sauce, bacon, BBQ pork, onions and bell peppers.
Photo by Veronica Meewes
Mandola's Italian Market's Garlic Fries
Fries might not be the first thing you'd think to order at this Italian restaurant and market — but now you know. Golden and crispy, they come topped with Parmesan and herbs and accompanied by a creamy, garlic-fragrant pesto dip.
4700 W. Guadalupe St. #12; 512-419-9700
Casino El Camino's Green Chile Queso Fries
Though this Sixth Street dive bar is known for its sizable, high quality burgers, the green chile queso fries are not to be missed. Each basket is smothered in so much housemade tomatillo verde salsa and melted white queso, you'll need to gobble them up quickly before you need a spoon to do the job.
516 E. 6th St.; 512-469-9330
Photo by Luke Bibby
Luke's Inside Out's Crinkle Cut Fries with Queso, Bacon & Jalapeño
Luke Bibby, the owner of Luke's Inside Out trailer, is known for packing a punch with his flavorful sandwiches — and the fries are no exception. Using crinkle cut potatoes allows for plenty of crevices to fill with queso, crispy bacon and sliced jalapeños.
1109 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-589-8883
Baton Creole's Cajun Poutine
Owner Lynzy Moran, the queen of "new Cajun cuisine" has created another instant favorite with her Cajun poutine, a delicious mess of waffle fries, Brie and smoked chicken gravy with the option to add blackened chicken, crawfish, a fried egg — or all three, if you know what's good for you.
114 Linden St.; 512-986-3834
Photo courtesy of Hopfields
This campus area craft beer bar has a small but on-point French-inspired menu, and the frites are an absolute must-try. Cut fresh from Kennebec potatoes and fried twice for the ultimate crispiness, they are finished with fines herbes and kosher salt, then served with a little jar of housemade aïoli.
3110 Guadalupe St.; 512-537-0467
Billy's on Burnet's Chili Cheese Fries
This punk hangout from back in the day still rocks plenty of veggie options, including a basket of chili cheese fries covered in melted shredded cheddar, with the option of bean-free spicy chili or bean-laden veggie chili, both housemade and delicious.
2105 Hancock Dr.; 512-407-9305