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The Best Fries in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 13, 2014

fries torontoThe best fries in Toronto are golden. Literally. Whether paired with a steak or slumming it in a poutine, this list of fries generally starts with the same formula; freshly-cut potatoes (Russet or Yukon preferred) that are twice-fried for exquisite crispness, then showered in salt for ultimate addictiveness.

Here are the best fries in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Poutine in Toronto
The Best Burger in Toronto
The Best Sweet Potato Fries in Toronto

WVRST

WVRST

At this sausage factory on King West, Belgian frites start as Yukon Gold potatoes that are freshly cut daily, blanched and cooled (to get that soft centre) then finally dropped in hot oil to order for ultimate crispness. Choose from a plain, vegetarian-friendly version ($3.50-$5.50) or opt for the duck fat frites ($4.50-$6.50). Each order comes with a choice from over a dozen house-made dipping sauces, like maple rosemary mayo or wasabi miso. More »

Beerbistro

Beerbistro

Deeply golden pomme frites ($6) at this King East beer hall are made of twice-fried Russets that are first blanched in beef tallow and duck fat, followed by a plunge in peanut oil for ultimate crispness encasing a soft mashed centre. Seasoned generously and paired with house-made mayo and smoked ketchup for dunking, these are great on their own, but even better with a draft beer to wash 'em down. More »

Poutini's

Poutini's

This is the late-night destination of choice when the craving strikes for all things fried. Submerged in trans fat-free oil, these fresh-cut fries can withstand being smothered with gravy, though they're good au natural ($3-$4), too - especially when paired with one of six dipping sauces, including mayo-based flavours like hickory-smoked and blue cheese. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

Equally gifted at the fryer as they are at the smoker, this St. Clair eatery renders thin-cut French fries to a golden crisp. While satisfying enough on their own ($5), these fries are best enjoyed paired with fried chicken, burgers or ribs. More »

Caplansky's

Caplansky's

The fries ($5) at this College St. Deli are hand-cut daily to medium thickness, then double-fried in canola oil and finished with a dash of kosher salt. Expect to see Yukon Gold potatoes in the summer and Russets in the winter. More »

Duckworth Fish & Chips

Duckworth Fish & Chips

Would you like fries with that golden battered fillet of fish? The answer should always be 'yes' at this Danforth institution. Here, a $3 order amounts to a heaping portion of thick-cut fries, crisped in fresh (not fishy) oil to a perfect golden hue before being doused in salt. More »

Gilead Cafe

Gilead Cafe

Jamie Kennedy's signature fries ($6) are just as good at his Corktown restaurant as they are when eaten from a paper cone at a farmer's market. Seasoned with both coarse and fine sea salt, then tossed in thyme, these fries are made better still with made-from-scratch ketchup and cider- or chili-flavoured mayonnaise. More »

This End Up

This End Up

This sandwich shop on Dundas West does justice to the universally beloved snack with a double-dip in the fryer for golden results. On weekends when the kitchen keeps open late, these fries ($4) will spare you the possibility of limp fast food fries elsewhere. More »

Sanagan's Meat Locker

Sanagan's Meat Locker

You don't even need to take a number when ordering from the lunch counter at this Kensington Market butcher. Here Russet chips ($3) get the twice-fried treatment in vegetable oil before being tossed in kosher salt and chives. More »

Discussion

70 Comments

emily / August 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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The only fries I get excited for are kimchi fries at banh mi boys and mcdonald's
Sam / August 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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Prince Edward's Fries
http://torontofoodtrucks.ca/prince-edwards-fries-food-truck-toronto
FUF replying to a comment from Sam / August 13, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Well timed shill, guy.
Matthew / August 13, 2014 at 01:10 pm
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Chick N Joy on Queen East has unique and incredible fries. They aren't frites, but the texture/taste is the best I've ever had.
Einhorn / August 13, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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bar hop
Kevin / August 13, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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If you haven't tried the fries at the Dog & Bear, I'd highly recommend them.
Shawn / August 13, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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Clubhouse Sandwich gets my vote - they're triple fried in peanut oil and they're easily the best fries I've ever had. I'm not sure how Stockyards made the list unless people were voting for their favourite place that also sell fries. Poutinis is very good too.
LimpFries / August 13, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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Less concerned by the "best" 10 places for fries in this city, it's more always bothered me how almost no restaurant in Canada routinely cares to make fries properly. It's not hard, it just takes a weeeeeee bit more effort so OF COURSE that's a corner that almost every restauranteur in this country chooses to take. Blanche them, let them cool, fry them again. That's the "secret" to McDonald's fries. If your restaurant can't even do french fries properly (i.e. as good as friggin' McDonald's of all places) then you know where you belong on the culinary map of this country.
DL / August 13, 2014 at 01:36 pm
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McDonald's.
Explain / August 13, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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'It's all GRK' actually has very tasty fries in their gyro. I was very surprised with their taste. They stood out among the other ingredients in the pita.
XtraKrispy / August 13, 2014 at 01:45 pm
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I hate to admit this, but Rabba serves up incredible fries. And to double-down on the non-classiness let's throw in Swiss Chalet. WVRST fries are really more hype because they are cooked in duck fat. But the fries I find aren't that amazing. Totally agree with the kimchi poutine in the comment above. I remember Bier Markt having great frites.
TJ / August 13, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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Not a fan of fries which are overly greasy/soggy and there are a lot of places on this list which are that.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from emily / August 13, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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I hate the McDonald's fries. Too thin. Next worst are the so called "crispy" fries, yuck. Followed by the other fast food outlets.
rf / August 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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who makes the best 'fish and chips' chips? duckworths? or somewhere not mentioned?
chris / August 13, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Harbord Fish & Chips. Hands down.
TorontoFoodBwoy / August 13, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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Stockyards? LOL I fully go across the street and get McDonalds fries whenever I go there. They give you a fuckload of fries and they suck.
ladyodeloo / August 13, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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clearly the person who wrote this has never been to b&b fish and chips in leslieville
ladyodeloo replying to a comment from rf / August 13, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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b&b in leslieville, of course!
Mark / August 13, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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What, no highschool cafeteria fries?
Graham / August 13, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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Weston Arena Snack Bar has the best fries I have ever tasted.
poh replying to a comment from LimpFries / August 13, 2014 at 02:38 pm
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Beerbistro does the traditional double fry and they also use Russets. Yukon Golds are terrible for french fries and they usually come out very limp.

I like Banh Mi Boys' kimchi fries in theory, but man those things are salt bombs.

Wish we had a Frites Alors! here in Toronto.
Snug / August 13, 2014 at 02:39 pm
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I like the fries at Cafe Victoria near Victoria and King.
Tee / August 13, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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Jimmy's chip truck parked outside Commerce Court on Melinda Street. THE BEST!
ellen / August 13, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Fries from the blue food truck in front of City Hall has great fries!
Nuuh uh / August 13, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Caplansky's? No way! The last time I was there (2 weeks ago), their fries were thin, short, and shoe string style. Definitely not hand cut to "medium thickness", nor hand cut at all. I was disappointed. The seasoning was good though.
Kristin / August 13, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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the french fry truck that parks its sweet ass in the parking lot of the canadian tire plaza at leslie and lakeshore is the best, trust me, I'm from Queeb and I know a good fry….WTF is wrong with people who like Macdonalds fries, they are like dried up shards of turd
Cutter replying to a comment from Nuuh uh / August 13, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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I believe by hand cut many places mean they weren't pre-cut somewhere else. Many restaurants I've worked at use one of these fry cutters to quickly fresh cut the fries and keep them uniform. The cutting plate can be changed for different sized fries from shoe strings on up.

http://www.amazon.com/Winco-FFC-375-French-Fry-Cutter/dp/B000UAKCFS
Frank / August 13, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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Hey guys,

Surprised Holy Chuck's Truffle oil fries didn't get an honourable mention!

http://a4.urbancdn.com/w/s/md/N2ZzJIfmO5mReA-640m.jpg
Hey Guys? replying to a comment from Frank / August 13, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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What about the girls?
My Little Pooteen / August 13, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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The Dairy Freeze!
emily / August 13, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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mcd's just too ~classy~ for you, kristin
Bobby / August 13, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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Confirming that the fries at Sanagan's are fantastic.
NickR / August 13, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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Shangri-la lounge ordered fries are quite fantastic. Like McCain spicy fries with italian seasoning and grated cheese. Yum.
chris / August 13, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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Poutini's has the worst fries. They have some of the best toppings. No one goes to poutini's for just "fries".
AT / August 13, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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Maggies
Leslie replying to a comment from rf / August 13, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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Fresco's in Kensington.
Sheriff Buford T Justice / August 13, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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I dig the fries at Bishop & Belcher. EAT EAT EAT
Brent / August 13, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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My Place Fish & Chips at Vic Park and Sheppard
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/my-place-fish-and-chips-toronto
Fry / August 13, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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Queen and Beaver / Oxley
m / August 13, 2014 at 05:13 pm
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Weslodge has amazing delicious French fries. I'm sorry to say, but the quality at poutini's has gone down tremendously. Caplanskys has delicious deep fried dill pickles. Mmm.
Moss / August 13, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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Are these also ordered by ranking?
tartie / August 13, 2014 at 05:42 pm
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AAA bar has amazing fries with a rad cajun-style dipping sauce. My favourite in the city
Nasty / August 13, 2014 at 07:18 pm
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Stockyards fries are soggy as fuck.
sw / August 13, 2014 at 07:44 pm
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Penrose has amazing chips to go with their fish.. Fried in beef drippings - yum!

Also, Holy Chuck's Greek fries are BEYOND.
yt / August 13, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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worst in first? okay.

harbord f+c probably still have the best fries imo.
COMWAVESUCKS / August 13, 2014 at 09:46 pm
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Swiss Chalet > McDonald's
topanga / August 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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the truffle oil/parmesan fries at the skydome are surprisingly good
michelle / August 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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bar hop for sure
RC / August 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Another vote for Clubhouse Sandwiches Shop. Their poutine isn't all that great (not enough gravy or cheese, imo) but the fries are AMAZING. Holy Chuck's fries are very good too (although not as good). The worst fries award has to go to Stockyards and the Burger Priest - especially when you consider how they are such highly regarded places. Stockyards just scoops a pound of burnt, yet soggy (seriously, either burn them and have them crispy or have them soggy but not blackened) fries in with their food. I wish they'd sell the fried chicken by itself or with a passable side.
scruss replying to a comment from chris / August 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Nah, St Andrews at Ellesmere and McCowan; proper Scottish fish and chips. No contest at all!
M / August 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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The fries at the Stockyards are gross. I cannot understand why they made this list.
Rick / August 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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Asking which french fry is the best is like saying "my shit is the softest after a night of eating pork and beans"

We can all do it if we're willing to go balls deep.
Dee / August 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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Burger Kings new fries are pretty good. I go there on Whopper Wednesday's, a Whopper Combo is $4.99. Sandwich by itself $2.99. Whopper Wednesdays.
Dee / August 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm
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Although there aren't that many Burger Kings downtown. I know of Burger King Leslie and Lakeshore, Yonge and Shuter, King and Dufferin, Lawrence West and Dufferin.
Dee replying to a comment from Dee / August 14, 2014 at 12:32 am
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Oh Yeah there's also a Burger King at the corner of Spadina and College as well. Just remembered.
As / August 14, 2014 at 02:43 am
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Stockyards fries are about the worst travellers in the city. They become a soggy lump in no time.

Caplanksy's TRUCK fries are the best in the city. Their restaurant fries are terrible. At least they were the last time I bothered visiting the restaurant, which was because the truck was so good - the resto disappointed, and delivery has always been underwhelming.
Adam Baxter / August 14, 2014 at 07:48 am
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I dare anyone here to find a better french fry than the ones you find at "Ocean View Campground" in LEading Tickles, Newfoundland. I've had fries all over the country, and these are, by far, the greatest.
Christine / August 14, 2014 at 08:19 am
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Lisa Marie on Queen West has the most delicious pad thai fries.
Best replying to a comment from Malin / August 14, 2014 at 09:40 am
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YES as these lists are voted for by the readers of this site. Would always be interesting to see what was on the original voting forms. Those establishments may've been on the list just not received as many votes.
Still lovin' it / August 14, 2014 at 07:18 pm
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Da golden arches, hands down, still got da best friez yo
kasual / August 14, 2014 at 08:41 pm
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Cap's fries, like almost everything they serve, are totally underwhelming.

For flavour, consistency, texture and temperature, fresh McDonald's fries rule hands down.

Sorry to all the boutique spots with their duck fat, herbs, artisan potatoes, double frying, I like you, but you just don't add up.
Tina / August 14, 2014 at 09:45 pm
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After trying out different freshly cut fries, I find McDonalds fries is gross and way too salty. I used to love em.
Anaheim / August 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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No Five Guy's fries? They give a buttload and they're cooked in peanut oil.
Annie / August 15, 2014 at 12:03 am
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I am actually very fond of the frites available at Le Select. They are thin-cut fries, and very addictive. A close second are the fries (also thin-cut) available at Baton Rouge. I'm no gourmand, and am definitely overly picky, but personally, I find that there are very few places with thick-cut, skin-on fries that I actually like...
Frank Frites / August 15, 2014 at 01:51 am
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Thee best FRIES are at Le Select Bistro and Bohmer on Ossington. Just tune out all the 905er's and enjoy the hot fries at BOHMER!!!
Jenny / August 15, 2014 at 02:15 am
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I had the fries at Bellwoods Brewery the other day, and they were the BEST fries I have ever had in my entire life, no joke
Evan / August 15, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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I've had almost the entire list and bar hop is better than all of them by far.
Fallerboy / August 19, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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Sea Witch Fish and Chips on St. Clair!! They just opened, and their fries are the best I've ever had in my life. Thick cut, crispy and super flavorful. P.S. Their fish is unbelievable as well.
Rossy / August 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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Absolutely LOVE Bellwood's Brewery's fries.
Ash / August 29, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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Best fries from a classic inexpensive place is BURGER SHACK around eglinton and avenue

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