TGIF(ry Day)! Although you could very reasonably celebrate National French Fry Day on July 13 by inhaling any plate of crispy, salty potato strips in the city (and we're not saying you shouldn't), we've taken this moment to compile some of the best and most unique options, ranging from Skillet's gravy-covered poutine to Mamnoon's harra frites, and from the fried egg-topped Aloha Fries at Marination Ma Kai to the fancy tallow-fried pommes frites at Bateau. Read on to find out about all of them, including how to get free fries from Li'l Woody's for the occasion, and find even more edible inspiration on our full food and drink calendar.
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8oz Burger and Co.
The upscale burger spot offers Kennebec fries and truffled garlic fries. You can also get a short rib poutine made with Kennebec fries smothered in their house gravy and topped with mozzarella. Add on a fried egg for an extra two dollars.
Ballard, Capitol Hill
The Stranger's Tobias Coughlin-Bogue once called Cafe Presse's frites "stupefyingly" and "face-meltingly" delicious. The fries are made with Washington russet potatoes, blanched in peanut oil at 325 degrees, cooled on sheet pans in a walk-in fridge, then removed and re-fried to order at 350 degrees, resulting in inimitable crispiness. They're served with a side of "mysteriously silky and flavorful" mayo.
Damn the Weather
Ever had potatoes roasted in the drippings of a roast chicken? Damn the Weather's fries are cooked in chicken fat to a similar effect and seasoned with fennel pollen and lemon.
Knee High Stocking Co.
Okay, they're more home fries than French fries, but the Capitol Hill speakeasy's luxurious duck-fat-fried patatas bravas are no less a perfect partner for the bar's pork tocino or steak tapa sliders. They're available with garlic, ginger, and honey or with sriracha mayo, or spiced and duck-fat-free with sriracha ketchup for vegetarians.
You can get the local burger joint's hand-cut fries drizzled with house-made queso, or order yours with a side of "crack" (a Full Tilt milkshake served on the side in a little cup, just for dipping). Plus, if you go before Monday, July 16, you can catch their current special in celebration of French Fry Day, the Fry Sauce Burger: a grass-fed beef patty with melty American cheese, piled with fries and slathered in fry sauce. And, the best part: For Fry Day, they'll be offering free fries with any purchase of a burger or shake at all of their locations.
In addition to a burger that's been recognized as one of the best in the country, Tom Douglas's South Park outpost also features some great thick-cut fries, also available as chili fries or "Irish nachos" (loaded with the toppings you'd put on a baked potato).
Capitol Hill's modern Lebanese/Syrian restaurant serves harra frites, their Middle Eastern take on fries: Aleppo-spiced French fries with cilantro, za'atar mayo, and house-made harra ketchup.
Marination Ma Kai
The aloha fries at West Seattle's Marination outpost are a savory dream: hand-cut, twice-fried fries loaded with kalua pork, kimchi paste, green onions, furikake, sauce, and a sunny-side-up egg.
Josh Henderson's sporty Pioneer Square bar recently introduced a new special, loaded al pastor fries: fries topped with marinated pork shoulder, grilled pineapple slaw, cilantro, onion, sour cream, and jalapeño.
The Southern comfort food sensation's poutine, which The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement once described as "a big cup of thick, ungreasy fries with cubes of Irish cheddar covered in delicious, chickeny gravy with fresh herbs," is almost as controversial (it lacks the traditional cheese curds of classic Canadian poutine) as it is delicious.
Sunset Fried Chicken
Made with Kennebec potatoes, the large, crispy, hand-cut fries at Monica Dimas's walk-up counter (tucked inside the Capitol Hill Rachel's Ginger Beer) can be ordered with Cajun spices or not and come with spicy mayo for dipping.
The West Seattle deli/butcher's "Swine Fries" are hand-cut and cooked in rendered pork fat, then tossed with salt, fresh garlic, and green onion. As if that's not enough, you can also get them in a poutine with fresh cheese curds and the Swinery's house pork gravy, or in the popular "Danger Fries," slathered in a bacon blue cheese béchamel sauce.
Zig Zag Cafe
The romantic craft cocktail bar tucked away behind the stairs below Pike Place serves Greek fries, made with fresh-cut potatoes and wild oregano and served with a tzatziki-inspired Greek ranch. Add feta for an extra two dollars.