French fries are the perfect food in so many ways: deep-fried, salty, and full of carbs. They're great on their own, but just like they also serve as a blank canvas for creative toppings. Here are 26 outrageous french fry toppings that go way beyond a squirt of ketchup.
BANH MI FRIES | NEW YORK
VLADIMIR POUTINE | INDIANAPOLIS
The small Midwestern chain of HopCat offers a dish called Vladimir poutine. Beer battered, black pepper seasoned fries called crack fries are loaded with potato and cheese pierogi, Wisconsin cheese curds, caramelized onions, bacon, and sausage gravy. Somehow, pierogi on fries just makes sense.
BACON CHEESEBURGER FRIES | LOS ANGELES
Fat Sal's, a deli known for its giant sandwiches and over-the-top milkshakes, also offers some crazy french fry creations. Bacon cheeseburger fries are topped with chopped bacon and hamburger patties, two kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and creamy fat sauce.
ICE CREAM FRYS | FLORISSANT, MISSOURI
You've heard of — or do it yourself — dipping your fries in ice cream of milkshakes, so why not just combine them to begin with? Dogs 'n Frys does just that. Their sweet and spicy seasoned fries come topped with a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream. Eat it fast before it melts.
DIRTY DIRTY FRIES | LONG BEACH, WASHINGTON
Pickled Fish serves up an appetizer called dirty dirty fries, because one "dirty" just wasn't enough. Fried pork belly lies atop these fries, along with garlic, pepperoncini peppers, goat cheese, and truffled ketchup.
SURF 'N TURF FRIES | SAN DIEGO
Carne asada fries are a delicious West Coast specialty, but La Puerta in San Diego goes one step further and adds seafood to the mix. Surf 'n turf fries come with the standard carne asada fries toppings of steak, cheese, grilled onions and peppers, guacamole, and pico de gallo, plus the additions of shrimp and spicy chipotle crema.
VIETNAMESE FRIES | HOUSTON
The Vietnamese fries at Boheme come with hoisin, sriracha, garlic mayo, cilantro, and peanuts on top. For a few bucks more, you can upgrade them to Bangkok style, which adds smoked pork shoulder, yellow curry mayo, and crushed sesame sticks.
LOADED GREEK FRIES | CEDAR CITY, UTAH
What started as a food truck driving around Cedar City in Southwest Utah peddling some of the best Greek food in the state, Fat Zeus Greek Eats now has a permanent home on the campus of Southern Utah University. While you'll find the typical gyros and kabobs on the menu, don't miss out on the loaded fries. The crispy battered fries are smothered in colby and feta cheese, onion, tomato, olive, pepperoncini, shaved gyro meat, and that creamy cucumber sauce, tzatziki.
KIMCHI FRIES | CHICAGO
Korean restaurant Del Seoul has a fusion menu of Korean barbecue tacos, sandwiches, and bento boxes, so french fries fit right in. Big enough for sharing, the kimchi fries come with sauteed onions, pork belly and kimchi, along with melted cheddar and jack cheese, scallions, and sour cream.
SHORT RIB POUTINE | BOSTON
Brunch poutine goes upscale at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in Boston. The dish starts out with rosemary truffle fries, then coats them in rich bone marrow gravy, smoked short ribs, mozzarella cheese, a sunny-side-up egg, crumbled bacon, and shaved truffle to gild the lily. It's a real treat for Sunday brunch.
PASTRAMI CHILI CHEESE FRIES | UPLAND, CALIFORNIA
There's a '50s diner style joint in Southern California serving up french fries by the plateful. Legends Burgers takes classic chili cheese fries and goes one step further: They add handfuls of thinly sliced pastrami. Order the large and it's enough for four people to share.
S'MORES FRIES | NEW YORK
If you're one of the very few people in the world who has wondered what s'mores and french fries taste like together, then head to Sticky's Finger Joint in the Big Apple. They're made exactly how you'd expect: topped with chocolate sauce, marshmallow sauce, and graham cracker crumbs. They're just as sticky as you can imagine.
GYPSY FRIES | CHICAGO
Chicago Italian beef sandwiches are a Midwest classic dripping with beef au jus. At local chain Al's, there's a secret menu that includes something called gypsy fries. Order it and you'll get all the components of an Italian beef, just on fries instead of bread, as the potatoes really soak up that beef gravy.
LOCO MOCO POUTINE | ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
Get a little taste of Hawaii on french fries at The Kroft. The traditional Hawaiian plate of loco moco is transported on top of fries, including a beef and pork blend meatloaf, fried egg, brown gravy, fried onions, cheese curds, and a ketchup glaze.
OLDE BAR FRIES | PHILADELPHIA
Seafood fans will love the Olde Bar fries at their namesake oyster bar. A plate of fries is topped with lump crab meat, decadent lobster butter, and a cheddar fondue made with stout.
JAMAICAN LAMB CURRYWURST FRIES | MILWAUKEE
A bar and restaurant that specializes in homemade sausages of all kinds tops their fries with what else, sausage. At Vanguard, you can get a lamb and pork sausage made with Jamaican curry spices, caramelized onions, and scotch bonnet pepper jam served on a bed of thin, homemade fries.
VOODOO FRIES | CLAYTON, GEORGIA
A smokehouse near the Tennessee border has a specialty called voodoo fries. The Wicked Pig BBQ starts with sweet potato fries, then loads on the smoked brisket, sauteed onions, white cheddar cheese, sweet peppers, and creamy homemade remoulade.
BOUDREAUX FRIES | NEW ORLEANS
You may have heard of debris fries, which come with the roast beef and gravy used in po' boy sandwiches. Bruno's Tavern has those, but they also have an amped-up version called Boudreaux fries. It's made with sweet potato fries, roast beef debris, blue cheese, sugar and spice pecans, and golden raisins for a sweet and salty combo.
SUNSET LOADED SPUDS | TEMPE, ARIZONA
The aptly named French Fry Heaven has numerous options to satisfy your loaded potato cravings. One of the more unique combinations is called sunset, which has fried egg, bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup for that irresistible sweet and salty flavor.
PB&J FRIES | PORTLAND, OREGON
French fry spot Potato Champion serves up a number of unique fry creations. The PB&J variety comes covered with peanut-based satay sauce and chipotle raspberry jam for a sweet, salty and spicy combination. They serve until early in the morning, when this dish is probably pretty popular.
GAMJA FRIES | SAN FRANCISCO
Pan-Asian restaurant Namu Gaji offers a version of loaded fries on their happy hour menu at the bar. The gamja fries take their flavors from Korea with bulgogi beef, Kewpie mayo, teriyaki, gochujang chile paste, and kimchi relish.
STONER PAPAS | SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
A Latin Asian fusion restaurant called Dos Chinos has a massive dish of fries that's custom-made for filling up anyone who's super hungry. It comes with shoestring fries, Vietnamese style carne asada, pork belly, chorizo fried rice, fried egg, salsa verde, onions, and cilantro.
SHORT RIB FRITES | DALLAS
At Ten Bells Tavern, thick-cut fries are served in a cast-iron skillet. They come complete with shredded braised beef short ribs, a rich cheesy Mornay sauce, spicy beef gravy, and scallions.
CHOWDER FRIES | CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
The Darling Oyster Bar is combining two American favorites into one big plate of creamy goodness. Stop in for brunch and you can order french fries that come swimming in a pool of clam chowder. There's also crispy bacon, because it makes everything better.
DUCK FAT FRIES | DENVER
Named for owner-chef Troy Guard’s pet bulldog, Tag Burger Bar puts an emphasis on local ingredients. Along with over-the-top bison burgers, diners can enjoy such unique fry combos as the sugar-dusted Duck Fat and Tag Spice Fries, as well as Truffle Aioli and Parmesan Fries.
CHICKEN TIKKA POUTINE | LOS ANGELES
An Indian-inspired poutine has been gaining attention in LA. At Badmaash, grab a chicken tikka poutine made with masala-spiced fries topped with cheese curds, beef gravy, tandoori chicken tikka, and cilantro. It's the Indian french fry mashup you never knew you needed.