As a rule, I will never eat a cheeseburger without a side of French fries. Whether you prefer shoestrings, thick wedges or waffle cut, seasoned with herbs or simply salted, everyone loves fries. Several eateries in the Metro Detroit area are famous for their French fries, made popular thanks to a special seasoning or a unique way of preparation.
Small Plates, 1521 Broadway, Detroit, serves up signature hand-cut fries with your choice of chipotle aioli and homemade ketchup or malt vinegar. In case you’re not familiar, the chipotle aioli is essentially a spicy mayonnaise-based dipping sauce. There are sweet potato fries on the menu, too, which are served with thyme honey.
Jolly Pumpkin, 311 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, is known for its shoestring style Truffled French Fries. They are seasoned to perfection with salt and fresh rosemary and served with an aioli dipping sauce. Truffle fries are a hot new menu item these days, and this is definitely the place to get your first fix.
The Burger Spot, 550 Forest Ave., Plymouth, serves fries that are some of my personal favorites in the area. I always order them plain, but your choices include Garlic Parmesan Fries, Loaded Cheese Fries and Chili Cheese Fries. No matter the toppings, the fries are fresh cut, crispy, and wonderfully seasoned with salt and pepper.
Mercury Burger Bar, 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, has several options when it comes to fries. They’re all fried in lard, but you have the choice of Classic French Fries with sea salt, black pepper and sea salt, or seasoning. Specialty fries include Garlic Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Tater Tots, Sweet Potato Fries and Poutine—the last of which is a Canadian specialty of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.
Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, makes their fries daily from fresh, local potatoes. The restaurant’s Sea Island Sweet Potato Fries are twice-cooked, served with spicy mayonnaise and absolutely raved about. The unique frying method cooks the thick potato wedges on the inside, while keeping them crispy and crunchy on the outside.
French fry cravings are inevitable, so the next time one hits, head to one of the aforementioned places for the best in the area!