French fries — wedges, curly, crisp, long, short, loaded — it doesn’t matter how you “fry up” this staple snack, the Tri-State, and staff of Evansville Living, can’t seem to get enough. Whether you like to dip your fries or munch on other potato-based variants, Evansville offers a diverse range of fries for foodies and picky eaters alike.
Munch on our top styles of fry below and be sure to swing by any local eatery to enjoy some for yourself!
Starting off with the classics, we tried an original, shoestring fry from G.D. Ritzy’s. The perfect introduction to fries, this thin, string-like snack can be loaded with toppings, dipped into your favorite sauce, or eaten plain in all of its crisp, greasy glory.
2.) Crinkle Cut
When you think of fries in Evansville, chances are the thick waves of a crinkle-cut fry pop into your mind. Crinkle-cut fries are available at many of the oldest local burger joints in the Tri-State, but we set our sights on the perfect crunch/smooth combination offered at Zesto’s Drive-in.
Over the years, more unique fry styles have entered the mainstream. Made popular by a certain nation-wide chain, waffle fries inspire their own special cravings. We took our growling stomachs the local route to Kipplee’s for a healthy helping of their crunchy golden waffle fries.
One of the best things about fries is their versatility, not only in shape or size, but on a larger scale. They can be served alone, smothered in toppings, cooked into a dish, or even added onto an ambitious burger. One such kind of specialty fries are the Brabant Fries at Amy’s on Franklin, as seen in the January/February issue of Evansville Living. Amy’s tosses their signature house cut fries in butter, creole seasoning, fresh garlic, and parsley for an authentic Louisiana snack.
5.) Tater Tots
While technically NOT fries, who can deny the soft, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of an order of perfectly fried tater tots? Cousins to the French fry, the tots we ordered from the Peephole Bar & Grill were crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside — a fantastic representation of the many forms a potato can take on its journey to being the salty sides we all know and love.