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Have Car; Will Pilgrimage for Fries?

opinionatedchef | Sep 29, 201310:20 PM

Once upon a time, i thought that Portland ME's Duck Fat had the sine qua non of fries. 'Fried in duck fat' and all. And they ARE very good. Thin, cooked perfectly (not underdone, crispy) and served with some wonderful aioli and other dipping sauces. But then you find out that they only use 25% duck fat, and commercial duck fat is a very mild flavor anyway. And you start to realize that you have probably been willingly hoaxed all these years there.....not that the fries aren't worth eating but that maybe there are others as good or better. There are some Boston spots (West Bridge,? and?) that list duck fat fries but i haven't had them. You?

But what I have had ,as of yesterday, is a phenomenal plate of fries -that have nothing to do with duck fat. They are in a small college town 5 minutes north of Burlington VT>>Winooskie, at a new inspired chef-owned spot called Misery Loves Company.

They call them ***Filthy Fries***- thin style, fried w/ abundant fresh sage and rosemary leaves, served in a heaping basket ,mixed with chewy seared chunks of pork belly and house pastrami, and topped with plenty of shredded Parm and sea salt. Served with an Old Bay aioli. A veritable meal unto itself. Lions and tigers and bears oh my!

Know of anything to rival those- in Boston? (Oh, for those planning the trip, figure about 3 1/2 hours ; YMMV)

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