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The 7 Best French Fries in St. Louis

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       Fries at The Kitchen Sink. | Nancy Stiles

Making claims on the best fries in St. Louis is sure to stir up controversy; much is at stake in this, what is surely one of the most consequential debates of our time. So consider the list below a humble suggestion, a conversation starter. We've scoured the region and assembled a collection of places whose unique style and spices make the fry far more than a side dish, but instead, a delicacy.

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       Polenta fries at Mangia. | Nancy Stiles

Mangia Italiano
(3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585)

The South Grand mainstay is known for live music, excellent entrees and a great local tap list. And then, of course, there's the late night menu that goes strong until 1:30 a.m. But what about those Polenta fries? Crispy and golden on the outside with a soft, rich texture inside -- more reminiscent of grits than potato. The perfect seasoning and accompanying chipotle aioli offer one of the more unique interpretations of french fries you're likely to find.

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       Fries with Sriracha mayo at Three Kings. | Nancy Stiles

Three Kings Public House
(6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-3355)

The go-to bar on the Delmar Loop, Three Kings is so dedicated to maintaining a top-notch beer selection that they've rigged up a flat-screen to list and keep track of the rotating taps. And what goes better with a cold beer than salty french fries? But when it comes to fries, you've got a difficult choice to make: the natural cut or sweet potato. It all depends on your mood and your entrée. The fresh Prince Edward Island mussels are served up with the natural-cut fries with a side of curried caper mayo -- seems a perfect combo. But the sweet potato version belongs next to the "Flamethrower" burger. Really, you can't go wrong either way. Embrace the variety.

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Location Info

Mangia Italiano

3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Three Kings Public House

6307 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

The Kitchen Sink

255 Union Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Shaved Duck

2900 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Crow's Nest

7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO

Category: Music

Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
mozzy636
mozzy636

I'm just glad no one said White castles

Ryan Sherman
Ryan Sherman

the dam,the range,the block in that order!!

Person
Person

It is a travesty -- TRAVESTY! -- that the wonderful fries at both the Schlafly Tap Room and Sandrina's weren't mentioned.

Pappy's fries are limp and mediocre, which is sad because everything else there is incredible.

Jay M. Perry
Jay M. Perry

Trainwreck's seasoned fries are pretty good.

EmpressBren
EmpressBren

Including loaded fries might be tipping the hand a bit, but Pappy's fries are solid without any additions.  

Mantelli
Mantelli

"Desert" at the Three Kings? You've lost an S somewhere.

mozzy636
mozzy636

@Mike Hoffner you can avoid Rally's completely, while I like the fries ... I find the locations unkept and gross ... I've found SAL sells Rally's brand fries and they actually bake better than fry ... don't get me wrong I am far from a health food nut.

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