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Best Fries and Gravy?

TorontoTips | Nov 2, 2008 06:53 AM

Yes, I'm having that Fries with Gravy craving again.
... and I'm wondering who YOU think makes the best fries with gravy in the GTA?

First, some rules -
1) if you've ever said "I really like these coated, frozen, crispy fries!" you're disqualified from posting to this discussion. They are an abomination, and Mr. McCain will surely pay dearly in the afterlife for his transgressions against humanity.

2) if you've ever said "Yuck, these fries are brown, and they taste like beef fat or grease, not light, white and crispy like Burger King" you are likewise disqualified. Fries are supposed to taste like beef fat, (or duck fat, or some kind of yummy non-vegetable-fat!) and mahogany brown is the penultimate colour of really great french fries.

OK, so I'm looking for real, fresh-cut fries, with a nice dark beefy gravy. I'll admit, I've enjoyed frozen fries on occasion if the gravy was exceptional, just as great fries can be ruined by cheap powdered-mix gravy. Does anyone get both just right?

So, post away - let's hear from you all!

To get the discussion started, here's a few contenders worthy of debate:

- McSorleys on Bayview - used to be great - huge basket, fresh cut with skin-on, yummy beefy gravy - gone WAY downhill lately.

- Wexford restaurant - Warden & Lawrence - very hit and miss quality-wise, but when they are good, they are very, very good.

- Massey's in Pickering - also inconsistent, but usually excellent, lighter gravy, but tasty, and solid fresh-cut fries (and the best steak-on-a-kaiser on the planet).

- Front Street "Chunky Fries" wagon - the one with the Canadian Flag on the back, and the big, loud, charming "Shower Boy" inside - great beefeater style fresh-cut fries, with yummy dark gravy (and free peppers and chopped onion on top, if you're into it) - solid contender, but sporadic hours makes it tough to count on.

- Just a non-TO note - recent standout is Elgin Street Diner in Ottawa - exceptional skinny fries, fantastic gravy, and real, squeaky cheese curds made for a yummy "poo-tin-ny" lunch!

- Golden Star Burger on Yonge and Real McCoy's in Scarberia - truly exceptional fries, outstanding "home-burgers" but both suffer from weak pre-mix gravy, with Real McCoy's better than Golden Star, whose gravy is really, really bad.

Yes, I am obsessed, and I could go on and on.... but over to you - so, what are your faves?

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