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Poorly Engineered French Fries

MikeR | | Aug 28, 2012 11:39 AM

I'm not a big fan of fries. I have them occasionally and I've had some good ones and some so-so ones. I used to think McDonald's did a good fry, but stopped eating there (and felt better for it) a few years ago. Maybe I should do some research. Most of the time I like 5 Guys fries, but it varies, even in the shop that I've consistently had a good batch. I rarely order them, though, because you get enough for 3 people in an order and I hate to waste them. I've taken them home and had fair luck reheating them, but unless I'm going directly home, if they stay in my car very long the car smells like a fast food restaurant for a few days.

Yesterday, I ate at the Elevation Burger which I do about once a year. I never got excited about them when they opened, and never really cared for their hand cut daily cooked in olive oil fries, but there was a coupon for a free order of fries in the current Falls Church News Press, so I thought I'd give them another try.

These are small, probably qualify as 'shoestring," about 3/16" square. Short, too, most 1" or less long, an occasional one about 2" long. Cooked until crisp and brown outside, which is usually a good sign, but because they have a large surface area for a small amount of "meat," they cool down very quickly. By the time I was half way through my burger, they were cool.

I figured that the cross section was determined by their slicer, so that would always be the same, but I asked the counterman if they were always that short. He hmmmmmed a bit and made the lame excuse that sometimes they're longer, sometimes they're shorter, depends on the size of the potato. Well, these must have come from a too short potato because they were hard to handle and just not very satisfying to eat. At least they were free.

Anything really outstanding out there, particularly offered in one-person-friendly portions? What's the deal with duck fat?