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Readers Vote: Top 8 French Fries in Seattle

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Last Tuesday, in honor of Burger Week 2013 Fry-Day (that's today), readers got a chance to state their favorite French fries in Seattle. Between the comments and tipline, there were almost too many recommendations to count. In order to make the list a little more digestible without the heartburn, only the spots with the most votes made the cut.

It should be noted that despite weathering a slight drama-filled comments debate surrounding the legitimacy of Dick's fries, nearly everyone who left their two-cents gravitated towards pretty well-regarded fry options, proving once again that fries are taken seriously in this city and are not at all the inferior sibling to burgers. Nice job, readers!

Here now for your dipping enjoyment is a crowd-sourced, alphabetized map of the top vote getters in the Best Seattle French Fry Open Thread. Is your favorite still missing? You know what to do (hint: leave it in the comments).


Honorable Mention: Baguette Box, Bing's, The Burgundian, BOKA, Brass Tacks, Brouwer's, Elysian Brewery, Emerald City Fish & Chips, Joey's, Le Pichet, Li'l Woody's, Local 360, Lunchbox Laboratory, Marche, Smith, Uncle Mike's BBQ.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bait Shop

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606 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 420-8742
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If Linda Derschang knows one thing, it's how to create good "soak" food for her bars, and these fries (shown here with homemade pork rinds) are proof. One reader wrote, "Seriously the best I've ever had." A believable claim.

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2. Betty

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1507 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA
(206) 352-3773
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The upper Queen Anne neighborhood hot-spot garnered several votes, including one from a fry skeptic who stated about fries, "So simple but done so wrong in Seattle. Betty has a good rendition."

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3. Cafe Campagne

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1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2233
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Messing up French fries at a French bistro should be illegal, but this Pike Place Market favorite doesn't have to worry. Their ranking is pretty secure with Eater readers, who gave praise for both the fries and the aioli.

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4. Café Presse

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1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674
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Again with the French bistro, Presse is damn near famous for their fries and mayo. As one reader spells it out, "Always perfectly golden and actually taste like delicious potato." Sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown!

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5. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313
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See? You don't have to do the white-linen table cloth thing at Canlis. It's perfectly acceptable to sit in the bar and order a cocktail and some heavenly truffle fries. As reader JennyLee puts it, "I'm not sure how they prep them, but they taste buttery, garlicky and truffly. Perfectly crisp with a nice golden outer layer and a delicately fluffy inner layer." Are you listening Canlis? Please don't ever take these off the menu.

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6. Honeyhole

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703 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-1399
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"The Honey Hole in Cap Hill has killer fries!" says one reader. "They really don't even need ketchup or anything on them - they're perfect on their own!"

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7. Katsu Burger

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6538 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-0752
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Katsu Burger's nori fries edged out the curry fries by a single vote. The sea salt fries were a total no-show to this game.

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8. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

The clear winner by a mile. Back in November, the ma kai crew announced on their Facebook page that after working like crazy on the fries — changing potatoes, changing how they store them, cut them, and how hot they fry them — "We have got it nailed!" Fans of their fish & chips agree that they're "...even better when you dip them in the miso ginger tartar sauce," and "...are just a vehicle for the miso ginger tarter sauce, which is out of this world!!!" and "...hand cut and perfectly seasoned. Get the kimchi tarter and dip!"

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1. Bait Shop

606 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

If Linda Derschang knows one thing, it's how to create good "soak" food for her bars, and these fries (shown here with homemade pork rinds) are proof. One reader wrote, "Seriously the best I've ever had." A believable claim.

[Photo Credit]
606 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

2. Betty

1507 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

The upper Queen Anne neighborhood hot-spot garnered several votes, including one from a fry skeptic who stated about fries, "So simple but done so wrong in Seattle. Betty has a good rendition."

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1507 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA

3. Cafe Campagne

1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Messing up French fries at a French bistro should be illegal, but this Pike Place Market favorite doesn't have to worry. Their ranking is pretty secure with Eater readers, who gave praise for both the fries and the aioli.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

4. Café Presse

1117 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Again with the French bistro, Presse is damn near famous for their fries and mayo. As one reader spells it out, "Always perfectly golden and actually taste like delicious potato." Sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown!

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

See? You don't have to do the white-linen table cloth thing at Canlis. It's perfectly acceptable to sit in the bar and order a cocktail and some heavenly truffle fries. As reader JennyLee puts it, "I'm not sure how they prep them, but they taste buttery, garlicky and truffly. Perfectly crisp with a nice golden outer layer and a delicately fluffy inner layer." Are you listening Canlis? Please don't ever take these off the menu.

[Photo Credit]
2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Honeyhole

703 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

"The Honey Hole in Cap Hill has killer fries!" says one reader. "They really don't even need ketchup or anything on them - they're perfect on their own!"

[Photo Credit]
703 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Katsu Burger

6538 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Katsu Burger's nori fries edged out the curry fries by a single vote. The sea salt fries were a total no-show to this game.

[Photo Credit]
6538 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

8. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127

The clear winner by a mile. Back in November, the ma kai crew announced on their Facebook page that after working like crazy on the fries — changing potatoes, changing how they store them, cut them, and how hot they fry them — "We have got it nailed!" Fans of their fish & chips agree that they're "...even better when you dip them in the miso ginger tartar sauce," and "...are just a vehicle for the miso ginger tarter sauce, which is out of this world!!!" and "...hand cut and perfectly seasoned. Get the kimchi tarter and dip!"

[Photo Credit]
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

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