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It’s #NationalFrenchFryDay — Here are a bunch of words and questions about fries

Golden French fries potatoes ready to be eaten (ThinkStock)

Another day, another #HashtagHoliday. This time it’s #NationalFrenchFryDay.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s all have a moment of silence for the petty political euphemism that took 2003 by storm, Freedom Fries. Once in a while I’ll bust that out and it’s usually met with crickets or pity laughs, but I’ll continue to use it sporadically. It’s what our founding fathers would want.

We can go ahead and get the big question out of the way. What fast food chain makes the best french fries? What about the worst? I’ll tell you my choice for the best, but the pick for the worst fries will be left up to you in fear of pissing off an advertiser.

For me, the winner by a landslide is Checkers. Checkers fries are a thing of beauty. The seasoning is perfect. Consistently crispy, but not too crispy! It doesn’t matter what time of day you go, they are always fresh. The same cannot be said for some of the others. The most common debate involves the big three: McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. If it’s between just those three, then I’m going Wendy’s every time. Even though the quality went down when they made the switch from regular salt to sea salt, their fries are usually the most satisfying. What is your pick?

Now when it comes to sides in general, I have to seriously wonder if fries are anywhere near the top of the list. They might not even be the best potato-based side! What about Sonic’s tots? Or Wendy’s baked potato? KFC’s mashed potatoes even deserve a mention. They may be ruled out by a technicality, but how about sweet potato fries? Can you, with a straight face, sit here and tell me that fries are better than onion rings? Jalapeno poppers? Cheesy bread from Domino’s? I could eat that three times per day until it kills me. Chicken rings from White Castle? Better than fries. At the risk of getting too confusing, what about Burger King’s game changing side, chicken fries. They, in fact, are not fries. But they are shaped like them and are damn delicious.

By the way, National Onion Rings day is June 22. I had no idea, and I’m upset that we have to wait 11 months for the holiday to come around again.


Treat yo’ self today and eat an unhealthy amount of french fries. They can be from a fast food joint. They can be from a local restaurant. Hell, if you want to be boring you can go buy some Ore Ida fries at the supermarket. As long as they’re fries, it counts towards participation. Happy #NationalFryDay.

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