Who Has the Best Fast Food French Fries? [POLL]
I think all fast food chain restaurants claim to have the best french fries, and I honestly don’t think that holds true for any of them. With so many diverse palates, you will never get everyone to agree on the “best.” Two big chains, Wendy’s and Burger King both must have felt a little behind in the best fry race, because they have both recently changed their famous side dish. Who do you consider to have the best French Fries?
Historians state that potatoes were being fried by at least 1680 in the Meuse Valley of Belgium. Locals would eat small fried fish with their meals, but when the river was frozen over, they cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to use as a substitute. French fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809. In 2007 total world production of potatoes was more than 320 million tonnes, and about 2/3 were consumed by people as food. One of the early references to ‘French fried potatoes’ was in 1894 in O. Henry’s ‘Rolling Stones’, “Our countries are great friends. We have given you Lafayette and French fried potatoes.” Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries every year, which comes to over 2 million tons! French fries aren’t called “french fries” in France. They’re known there as poninws frites, “fried potatoes.”
So, maybe if you want to get technical, there really is a “favorite fry,” but that doesn’t mean every person agrees. McDonalds sells more than 1/3 of all the French fries sold in restaurants in the U.S. each year, but they have about 5 times as many restaurants as any other fry offering restaurant, so numbers may be skewed.