Crispy, salty, and seriously crave-worthy. French fries have always been one of America’s most beloved sides. And now they’re getting major topping upgrades, as piled-high loaded fries continue to blow up our food feeds.
These days, fried potatoes have become a tasty foundation for all sorts of indulgent ingredients—from lobster bisque to fried eggs to pizza sauce and pepperoni slices. Here are 17 creative eateries across the country that are taking specialty spuds to mouthwatering new heights.
Williamsburg’s chic crab shack-cocktail haunt serves New England-style seafood and this luxe take on loaded fries: hand-cut, crispy taters piled high with freshly-pulled Maine lobster meat, plump shrimp, a poached egg, and tobiko—all drenched in savory, creamy lobster bisque.
This Cali burger joint’s famous Pigsty fries are beer battered, topped with melted American cheese, grilled onions, chopped bacon, avocado, and extra chopped yellow peppers, then doused with Thousand Island dressing.
This popular burger vendor in NYC’s Gansevoort Market layers cheesy fries with roasted pork, chili peppers, thinly sliced ribeye steak, applewood smoked bacon, a fried egg, and spicy house sauce.
Orange Country’s gourmet food truck is mashing up salty and sweet in their cereal-ly colorful specialty: French fries sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles.
It may be famous for its namesake fried chicken, but this East village spot serves some of the city’s best fries: well-seasoned and extra loaded with hearty bacon bits, melted cheddar cheese, and sour cream.
With a menu fusing Asian and Latin flavors, Dos Chinos might be most famous for their decadent loaded fries. A bed of garlic potato strips with Monterey Jack cheese rests under an entire giant, deep-fried lobster sautéed in garlic with red cabbage, fresh pineapple, onions, crema, and cilantro.
This California restaurant offers pizza toppings on their pies and their fries. Here, they coat a heap of Frenchies with marinara sauce, lots of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, and crumbled sausage.
This Texas-style smokehouse stacks succulent smoked brisket, cheese curds, and tangy BBQ-sauce infused brown gravy over crispy waffle fries.
The Wall turns a Mexican specialty into a tasty topping. Their Elote flavor covers hand cut, skin-on fries with carnitas, corn off the cob, cojita cheese, cilantro crema, and garlic aioli.
This Korean-inspired gourmet food truck-turned-brick and mortar drops flavor bombz with their firecracker fries topped with pork belly, pico de gallo, cheddar jack cheese, and avocado cilantro crema.
This Montreal-meets-Jewish-style deli has holiday-inspired loaded fries on rotation—like zesty chilaquiles poutine for Cinco de Mayo and this Canada Week creation chock full of Canadian bacon, smoked maple bacon, cheese curds, and foie gras gravy. We need this foie sho.
This popular food hall vendor doles out all sorts of loaded fries, tots, nachos, and burgers, but these spuds with candied maple bacon, mac ’n’ cheese, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are straight fire.
The Halal Guys have made their way from NYC to SoCal. New on their West Coast menu? Putting an entire halal platter—we’re talking rice, chopped gyro meat, pita, falafel, the works—over fries.
Seafood and comfort food reign supreme in Charleston’s explosive food scene. And we’re all about this perfect mashup of the two: crispy fries smothered with feta cheese and creamy clam chowder.
One of the OC’s coolest food trucks slings Cambodian-inspired street eats with a modern twist like these flavor-packed fries covered in braised soy caramel pork, garlic sauce, fried shallots, and cilantro.
This unique pho and noodle shop also offers standout fries. Their signature shaken house fries are piled high with short rib, garlic, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and lotsa creamy, spicy tartar sauce.
The Bar à Frites station in NYC’s upscale French food marketplace, Le District, serves flavorful, freshly hand-cut frites in flavors like classic poutine, truffle and parmesan, and beef bourguignon with red wine and roasted garlic. Pro tip: enjoy with the Maille Chablis white wine mustard on tap. Ooh la la!
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