We need your help in deciding who makes Vancouver’s very best french fries. Because – as a species – we’re compelled to frame hierarchies, right? If your favourite is not among those listed below, let everyone know in the comments. (Don’t be a jerk, though. It’s just fries.)
These super crispy stubbies are served as an accompaniment to several dishes here, including the excellent raclette burger, the three croques, the moules, and the ribeye steak. A personal favourite with a side of house mayo.
Remember the party scene from Eyes Wide Shut? These french fries are that party. Consistently shaped and golden brown on the outside, they have decadently creamy interiors and are perfectly seasoned every time. Kinky AF.
I often make a point of choosing something different from the classic steak frites whenever I dine here for two reasons: because food writers are always supposed to try new things, and because someone at my table will always order it (and you’re damn right I’m eating their fries).
I get the steak frites at this Coal Harbour hideaway a few times a year. It’s like an alarm clock goes off in my belly and demands it. Vitally, somehow the fries (pictured at top) retain their crispiness and remain hot for long enough to allow guests to first concentrate on the steaks.
These fries take an arduous journey to get to our plates. If I’m not mistaken, they’re deep-fried, steamed, shallow-fried and hot-fried. The end result is fantastic (and even better with a milkshake).
They make about a gazillion orders of frites a day to go with their various moules of legend (eg. the Congolaise), so they’ve got them well figured out. The standard to which many other locally made fries have been measured for the past 15 years.
You better believe Vancouver’s best fish and chips has excellent chips. Make a plan to eat them on site as it’s in the nature of even the best fries to start sucking after ten minutes in a take-out container.
Honourable mentions: The Arbor, Les Faux Bourgeois, Duffins, Gotham Steakhouse, Elisa, Bells and Whistles, Downlow Chicken Shack.