You want fries with that?
Now my problem is that I have too many good ideas for next Tuesday's Top Ten. But of course I can use some of them simply as posts, like one on fries, which I was already planning after this eloquent plea from Louie under the burger post:
Next top 10 topic has to be french fries.....need good fries to go along with the burgers.
Make it another topic please...
Posted by: Louie | January 15, 2008 6:49 PM
Why not a Top Ten? I'm not sure I could come up with a list of ten french fries that were so superior to other french fries I could justify my choices. As long as they contain two of the four major food groups (grease, salt) and are the right texture (crisp-edged) and temperature (hot), I'm happy. ...
But feel free to post the names of any places that have great fries below. Just let us know what makes them great.
I'm not a native Marylander, so I've never quite understood why Thrashers and similar boardwalk fries are so revered. Is it just childhood memories, or do they actually have qualities that make them objectively better than other fries?
And then there are sweet potato fries. Purists may not approve, but the sweet-salty-greasiness of them is irresistible to me.
For regular fries, my favorite dipping sauce is vinegar; but I'm perfectly happy with ketchup, although I don't like it on anything else.
I was thinking about all this last night while I was drifting off to sleep, and I came up with a great concept: tempura-battered french fries. Please tell me no one has thought of this. I love how light and crisp tempura batter is, and these would start with a crisply fried french fry and then be fried again with the tempura batter. I've even got a name for my franchise: Fuji Fries. The stands will have a colorful Japanese decor and only sell these fries with maybe -- what? -- wasabi mayonnaise for dipping.
While I was Googling around to make sure no one else had thought of Fuji Fries (some know-it-all is going to post a comment saying there's one in NYC), I came across a recipe for something perhaps even more awesome than tempura-battered fries:
Beer-battered fried avocado wedges.
Here's the recipe. Note that a three-wedge serving has 510 calories. I love that.
It must be winter.