So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.
This week’s installment tackles French fries. Most people are clearly passionate about them, since a recent study found that the average American eats 29 pounds of fries every year. Here are a few top-notch options to make sure you hit your quota in 2013.
The crispy sea salted fries are great on their own, but they’re even better dipped into one of the house-made whips and dips. The creamy truffle and the perky Cajun ketchup are tops in my book.
Triple fried in duck fat, these substantial potato spears take more than 24 hours to make. An epic and iconic take on the fast food favorite.
Fries spiced three ways – garden herb, chili cheese, and pastrami – are complemented by a trio of sauces – pickled ketchup, barbeque and Russian dressing. Mix and match to your hearts content.
The crinkle cut fries are good, but the cheese sauce they’re drenched in is even better. Think of a mix of aged white cheddar, sharp provolone, and American with the consistency of nacho cheese.
Chef Cathal Armstrong does his Irish heritage proud with these thick cut fries. Crisped golden in canola oil, they’re served with your choice of house-made sauces, like curry, tartar, and hot chili.
Double fried to perfection, these are blue ribbon frites. They pair especially well with the from-scratch truffled mayo, horseradish cream, and roasted red pepper ketchup.
This P Street standout commands a dedicated following for its grilled cheese sandwiches, but its chili cheese fries are equally worthy of their own fan club.
Chef-owner Scott Harlan’s play on poutine is so decadent that every order should come with a defibrillator. Spot on fries are topped with a blanket of gravy, generous chunks of duck liver, and stringy gobs of cheese.
You can get your frites on at this bustling Belgian bistro. Light gold, crispy, and speckled with parsley, they’re accompanied by a trio of dipping sauces, including a curried mayo.
These stellar, slender sliced spuds are worth your love and attention. Pair them up with one of the 30+ craft beers available for the best results.
Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below.