Ranking fast-food fries

Someone had to do the tough job. I drove around town tasting fast-food fries. It was interesting to see how different drive-thrus were.


Why don't McDonald's fries taste like they used to? You're wrong. McDonald's switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil in 1990. Most loyal customers have noticed since then.

Five Guys

Five Guys prioritises fries. Here's Five Guys' secret ingredient. Potato bags and peanut oil boxes line the entrance. Fresh from the fryer, my order was greasy.

Culver's offers crinkle-cut fries with mayo-ketchup "fry sauce." These fries were good, but I'd rather order cheese curds from this Wisconsin fast-food chain.



Popeyes offers Cajun-seasoned fries. I liked these fries, but they're different from salt-only fries. My to-go bag had a large portion, so it was good value.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack has great crinkle-cut fries. I liked that they came in a box, not a bag. This kept the fries neat during travel and provided a spot for ketchup.


KFC's fries surprised me. I want mashed potatoes or biscuits with fried chicken. The battered, seasoned fries were tasty. 

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