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Top 5 Spots for Fries

By Allison Bawden

05.16.17

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Whether at a tiny taco truck or a top fine dining resto, french fries adorn menus across San Diego. From sauces and cheeses to spices and dips, the simple potato side has gone gourmet. Here, five picks for fantastic french fries in S.D. 

The Smoking Goat’s duck-fat truffle fries pair well with the 10-ounce New York strip with bordelaise sauce.
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Common Theory Public House
This urban-chic gastropub boasts an Asian-fusion menu with everything from mussels to noodles and more than 30 rotating craft beers. The house-cut duck-fat truffle fries, however, are not to be missed thanks to garlic seasoning, a generous topping of slow-cooked duck confit and a drizzle of truffle oil. Fries are served in plentiful portions, so bring a friend to share your sides and brews with. Kearny Mesa, 858.384.7974

Crack Shack
Captained by chef Jon Sloan and Top Chef all-star Richard Blais, Crack Shack—a Little Italy staple—has opened a new location in Encinitas. Guests are drawn to its all-day menu of chicken- and egg-based dishes, and its stylish outdoor settings. While the fried chicken will always be a go-to here, adventurous diners should try the Mexican poutine—a combination of schmaltz fries topped with pollo asado and loaded with jalapeno cheese for a little kick. Little Italy and Encinitas, 619.795.3299

Green Acre
Head to Green Acre in Campus Pointe and enjoy farm-to-table cafe fare for breakfast and lunch. Counter and table service dining has never been so inviting, with rustic design details, and chefs Brian Malarkey and Jason Gethin’s thoughtful menu. Order the roasted brie sandwich with a side of multicolored root fries—twice-cooked Kennebek orange and purple sweet potatoes tossed in brown butter, roasted with garlic and rosemary, and served with pickled ginger aioli and ketchup. UTC, 858.450.9907

Stake Chophouse and Bar
Make it a point to visit Coronado for a taste of executive chef Tim Kolanko’s famous filets, chops and seafood dishes. While savoring Stake’s gourmet beef, add to the experience with an order of handcut Stake fries. The ultrathick slabs of steak frites are served with a house bordelaise sauce concocted from red wine, bone marrow, butter and shallots. For a secret off-menu option, ask for the “Stake Experience”—the original fries topped with a truffle Madeira sauce, Comté cheese and grated black fresh truffles. Coronado, 619.522.0077

The Smoking Goat  
When exec chef Fred Piehl opened The Smoking Goat in North Park, he brought the European countryside to SoCal. With its upscale farmhouse ambience, this French-American bistro is a commitment to local, sustainable and organic ingredients. While cozying up in its familial surroundings, don’t miss a true fan favorite—the duck-fat truffle fries tossed with pecorino cheese and truffle oil. North Park, 619.955.5295 

Photo by Stacy Bostrom Photography