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Imagine the perfect french fry. For me, it’s medium-crispy on the outside, hot and creamy inside, generously salted and with a distinctive freshly-fried aroma.
Sacramento is blessed with many such perfect fries and my Potato Posse and I set out on a mission to find them. We limited our search to casual eateries that are local to Sacramento. We focused exclusively on basic fries – no blue cheese topping, pungent garlic or dipping sauces to mask their essence. Just the potato and maybe a little seasoning. Size and shape didn’t matter in our survey– the fries could be regular, thick-cut, shoestring, curly (senseless mutations of perfectly good fries) or crinkled.
After much arduous research, we can reveal the top french fries in Sacramento.
#1. Texas West BBQ. The fries at Texas West BBQ (Arden Way location) top the “Best French Fries in Sacramento” list. These fries are hot, brown and crunchy on the outside and flavorfully fluffy on the inside. Their varying fry sizes allow for a nice range of textures and the special seasoning subtly elevates the flavor to the highest level.
#2. Jack’s Urban Eats. We sampled the taters at the Jack’s Urban Eats in Natomas and found them cooked just right and nicely seasoned with salt. I think one of the secrets to perfect fries is for them to be a normal size - not too big or too small - so that the ideal balance between crispy outside and creamy inside is achieved. Not only were Jack’s fries hot and tasty but they also stood up well to travel and were just as delicious after the ten minutes it took to get them home.
#3. Suzie Burger. We greedily gobbled an entire bag of fries at Suzie Burger (29th & P Streets). These fries are winners with their skin-on, crispy brown exterior and nice flavoring. Suzie’s fries are cut on location and then blanched to give them their crispiness. Cooked in canola oil and topped with kosher salt, they’re a fry-lovers delight. If you go to Suzie Burger, consider adding a cheeseburger, soda and a dark-chocolate dipped cone for a complete, classic and supremely satisfying meal.