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TKC taste tested French fries from six different restaurants around the Kirkwood and Des Peres area. The fries were judged based on their price, thickness, amount of salt, crispness, sauce and overall taste. The sauce was only rated if the restaurant offered a signature sauce. TKC ranked them one to six (one being the best).
#1: Nordstrom Cafe
Emma Bjorkman Price: $4.95 (regular size) Type: Shoestring (skinny) Thickness: Thin, 9/10 Amount of Salt: 9/10 Crispness: 9/10 Sauce: 5/10 Overall: 9/10 I’d for sure visit Nordstrom Cafe Bistro just to taste their fries. Even though they’re expensive, they’re worth it because you get a lot of fries. They’re always perfectly crispy and salted. With the bit of parsley added to the fries they taste different and better than other fries. I don’t really like the Kalamata Olive Aioli dip they serve with the fries, but anyone who likes black olives will love it.
#2: Lion’s Choice
Emma Bjorkman Price: $1.79 (regular size) Type: Shoestring (skinny) Thickness: Thin, 9/10 Amount of Salt: 8/10 Crispness: 6/10 Sauce: none Overall: 8/10 You can never go wrong with Lion’s Choice fries. They’re thin and salty, which are my favorite type of fries. They’re served hot, and taste similar to Nordstrom’s fries because they are equally as salty and have the same consistency. There are just enough fries to make me feel satisfied and not ripped-off or too full afterwards.
#3: Raising Cane’s
Emma Bjorkman Price: $1.59 (regular size) Type: Crinkle Cut Thickness: Medium, 8/10 Amount of Salt: 7/10 Crispness: 5/10 Sauce: 9/10 Overall: 8/10 Cane’s fries are always served hot and salty. Every once in a while I find a few soggy fries in my tray, but dipping them in the Cane’s Sauce makes them taste way better. For anyone who likes steamy Crinkle Cut fries and semi-spicy sauce, Canes is the place for you.
Emma Bjorkman Price: $1.39 (small size) Type: Shoestring (skinny) Thickness: Thin, 9/10 Amount of Salt: 9/10 Crispness: 6/10 Sauce: none Overall: 7/10 While a lot of my friends hate on McDonald’s, I have to admit they have pretty good fries. Sadly, a small order of fries doesn’t have many in it, but they are all super salty which makes them worth it. Sometimes the fries are soggy, but it’s McDonald’s we’re talking about, so it’s expected.
Emma Bjorkman Price: $1.65 (medium size) Type: Waffle Thickness: Medium, 7/10 Amount of Salt: 4/10 Crispness: 5/10 Sauce: 6/10 Overall: 7/10 I do love Chick-fil-A, but their fries could be better compared to other restaurants. They don’t have much salt on them, and the waffle fries with no holes in them are very potatoey. I think they’re alright just not my favorite.
Emma Bjorkman Price: $1.89 (regular size) Type: Crinkle Cut Thickness: Thick, 6/10 Amount of Salt: 5/10 Crispness: 3/10 Sauce: none Overall: 6/10 Culver’s fries are alright, but a little too big. Sometimes I feel like I’m eating part of an extra salty mashed potato instead of a French fry. However, Culver’s definitely knows how to make me feel full after their fries, and they’re always served nice and hot.