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The Best Sweet Potato Fries in Toronto

Posted by Katie Drummond / July 2, 2010

Sweet Potato Fries TorontoThe best sweet potato fries in Toronto prove that life's little things are often the most pleasurable. As one restaurateur I recently spoke with acknowledged, the simplicity of the sweet potato fry is probably the secret to its success.

No doubt the root vegetable's uncanny ability to jive with a tangy wasabi mayo or a sugary maple syrup-infused sour cream also lends to its popularity. Chefs have the freedom to experiment with fanciful dipping concoctions. Diners who seek a healthier alternative to French fries get to indulge - virtually guilt-free.

Slicing, blanching, and frying sweet potato slivers might seem like culinary child's play, but when chefs select a complementary cooking oil, finishing salt or spices, and a creative dipping sauce, the results can be transcendent.

Here are the 12 best sweet potato fries in Toronto as voted by readers of this site.

Fresh

Fresh

Along with claiming top spot on this list, Fresh’s hearty sweet potato fries are their most popular appetizer, outselling all other starters 5 to 1. The fries are dusted with sea salt and a blend of herbs, including basil, tarragon, and rosemary. Dunk your fries in a bath of miso gravy or peanut sauce and you’ll think you’ve just died and gone to yam heaven. $6.00. $1.50 for dipping sauce. More »

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

The Mirvish Village hangout has had sweet potato fries on the menu for years, but they’ve only been serving the current incarnation for the past 3 when they decided to try their own recipe during a menu overhaul - a fruitful experiment, indeed. More »

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

Whether your yam craving hits at brunch, lunch, or just before last call, you can always find a piping hot plate of fried sweet potatoes here. These ain’t no limp sweet potato fries either. The thick-cut strips have a crispy, golden aura (thanks to the cornstarch that’s added when they’re blanched) and are served with a side of sweet chili mayo - a delightfully savoury counterpart to the candied potatoes. $4.75 More »

The Harlem Underground

The Harlem Underground

Crossing the threshold of this West Queen West eatery is like stepping into another era. (A staffer’s impromptu piano session might have added to this otherworldliness vibe.) The kitchen, which specializes in soul food, goes through 300lbs of Louisiana yams per week. The fries are tossed in a fragrant house-created cajun seasoning and served with a zesty scallion mayo. Really dig yams? Try their homemade sweet potato biscuits and waffles, too. $3.95 More »

BQM Diner

BQM Diner

These chunky sweet potato fries are soft in the middle, with a thin, crispy skin. Like all of the fries on the list, they are tasty enough to enjoy without any dip, but if the option’s there, why not indulge? The choice between horseradish, dijon, roasted garlic, or chipotle (all homemade) is yours, but the knowledgeable staff recommend pairing the latter with this particular dish. $5.00 + $1.00 for your choice of aioli. More »

The Rushton

The Rushton

Want to know what special seasoning makes these frites so irresistible? Fine, says the owner, but it'll cost you your life. The fries are golden and crispy without being too crunchy. The roasted garlic aioli is made in-house and requires a lot of TLC - it takes hours to prepare and, because it’s prone to separating, can be very fussy. Customizing bonus - There's no extra charge to substitute regular fries for their sweeter kin. $6.00 More »

Universal Grill

Universal Grill

Don’t be fooled by the wine glasses and linen napkins on the tables of this retro diner - they’re experts in finger foods. Known for their award-winning ribs, Universal deserves an Honours degree for their yam fries (as they’re called on the menu). Great for sharing or paired with a slab of ribs, the fries - which taste more like candy than tubers - are chubby, thick-cut strips that are soft and gooey on the inside. The creamy chipotle mayonnaise will make it impossible for you to eat just one. $6.00 More »

Discussion

35 Comments

Crotch Dog / July 2, 2010 at 10:44 am
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I'm glad this is here because gosh, sweet potato fries are impossible for me to cook at home.
Darren / July 2, 2010 at 11:07 am
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I am awfully fond of the sweet potato fries at Bacchus on Queen St W in Parkdale. They are yummy goodness!!
Ew Gross / July 2, 2010 at 11:35 am
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Shanghai Cowgirl has served up the worst sweet potato fries I have ever had the displeasure of attempting to consume. Long after the two other members of my table were delivered their full meals, I came into receipt of barely warm, little pieces that resembled bottom of the bag fries and tasted of cardboard. The only thing colder than the fries was the indifference of the waitress who's resolution to the situation was to suggest adding more vinegar and salt to them as making a fresh batch would taste the same.
Acacia / July 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm
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You forgot the Twisted Sister at Mitzi's Sister. Half Sweet Potato fries, half regular fries. SO DELICIOUS.

I also like how you placed Victory Cafe SECOND on the list yet in your review of victory cafe it states that the sweet potato fries are better than those at fresh!
Jen / July 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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finally! I've been waiting for this article!

also, fresh fries are really gross^^; overcooked and greasy. But harlem's are good
Diamond / July 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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YES! I love sweet potato fries so much, and I love you blogto for making this list.
Fred / July 2, 2010 at 01:08 pm
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With all the negative reviews the Lakeview receives and it still makes a best of list.

Blogto.com standards are really low.

claudia replying to a comment from Acacia / July 2, 2010 at 01:43 pm
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oh wow, those sound incredible! I always find myself wanting yam fries when I have regular, and vice versa.

from what I understand, the initial review (to which each of the blurbs above links) is written by a blogTO staff, the number of stars in the review are due to reader votes, and then the ranking on a best-of list is due to a separate ballot system that happenend a few weeks ago. so, discrepancies amongst the three media are completely due to what people read and choose to respond to, not blogTO.
Drc / July 2, 2010 at 01:45 pm
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Sen5es. The best hands down

Crinkle cut son
Anfernee / July 2, 2010 at 04:12 pm
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Both on Queen St West

Rivoli
Black Bull Hotel & Tavern

I like their sweet potato fries :)

Thank goodness for this post. I've been waiting for it too!
Richard replying to a comment from Fred / July 2, 2010 at 08:30 pm
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Its not so much BlogTO's standards as it is that of the people who voted for it; these "best of" lists usually aren't a compilation of the author's favourites, but rather what was voted on.
fiveteamer / July 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm
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"He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin.
Roger / July 3, 2010 at 12:48 am
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I used to love the "yam frites" served up at C'est What. When I still went there. Too bad their lackluster service totally turned me off that place forever.
mondayjane / July 3, 2010 at 09:05 am
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It figures Fresh would be #1. Honestly, I don't think I have ever had sweet potato fries there that weren't either bitter, burnt nubs or limp, soggy logs. Consistently gross.

My favorite sweet potato fry-things are at Supermarket. Chipotle mayo? Yes please.
mona / July 3, 2010 at 09:31 am
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Montana, without the "S".
Bill Kinnon / July 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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The best Sweet Potato Fries are from east of the Don - @ Allen's. The best by far. First thing we order when we walk in. Even before the great beer.
elizabeth / July 3, 2010 at 04:08 pm
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Thanks for this post! I love seet potato fries, and I know they're healthier than regular potatoes, but they aren't exactly a healthy snack when they're deep fried!!
m / July 4, 2010 at 04:39 pm
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I'm not a fan of Fresh's.

My personal list includes Clinton's on the top. Seriously - you can add a side for something like $1.50, too.
David Good / July 5, 2010 at 01:28 pm
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Sweet potato fries are so last year!
JEB / July 8, 2010 at 10:56 am
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Duke of Gloucester (Bloor & Yonge)

The Swan & Firkin (Runnymede & Bloor)
BSkel / July 8, 2010 at 02:44 pm
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THE RIVOLI makes the yummiest sweet potato fries with a chipotle mayo.
Robin / July 8, 2010 at 09:30 pm
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Clintons FTW.
emily / July 9, 2010 at 10:59 am
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clinton's are excellent.

also, just had them for the first time last night, the sweet potato fries at the brazen head in liberty village are delicious. served with a chipotle mayo that has an awesome kick.
getinformedpls / July 12, 2010 at 05:19 pm
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try going a little east to Allens at Broadview and Danforth. by far the best sweet pot. fries, as well as great menu,staff and decor.
bawiseguy / July 14, 2010 at 08:06 pm
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Missed the best in Bloor West though ... that distinction would belong to Bryden's. I've had them from both places and the Bryden's version are slimmer, tastier and come with a blueberry mayo that turns it into perfection. they are a must anytime we go there.
Diane / July 15, 2010 at 02:27 am
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I know this is by user votes, but really? I've been to 1/3 of these places and the best hands down is Allen's on the Danforth. Expencive, but soso good.
Dana / July 16, 2010 at 01:59 pm
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What about Mill St. Brewery? Their sweet potato fries are amazing, not to mention the dipping sauce that comes with it! The atmosphere is cozy, the food & drink menu is good. How could you NOT mention Mill St.?
Magda / July 20, 2010 at 05:27 pm
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Sweet potatoes are NOT yams!

sheesh.
Abby Ainsworth / August 3, 2010 at 03:22 pm
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Are you guys mental??!?! As Bill Kinnon stated Allan's has far the best yam fries in the city and I am pretty sure was doing sweet potato fries waaaaayy before any of these restaurants in the city! Amateurs!!! :)
Nicole / August 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
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I am partial to the ones at the Beer Bistro.
Marissa / August 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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Agreed Dana, Mill Street Brew Pub for sure! I live right in the Distillery, and find myself there once a week for the sweet potato fries. Incredible!
Ashley / August 24, 2010 at 01:18 am
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one more vote for clintons!
they have THE BEST sweet potato fries everrrr!
i was super-suprised when i didn't see them on here..but it felt better one i saw that others had noticed clintons was missing a spot here
SA / October 11, 2010 at 09:38 pm
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FOX AND FIDDLE WELLESLEY
HAS THE BEST SWEET POTATO FRIES SERVED WITH RANCHERO MAYO. THE BEST YOU COULD TASTE HANDS DOWN IN TORONTO.
kt / June 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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Allan's on the Danforth. Best sweet potato fries I've ever had, hands down.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm
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YES! I love sweet potato fries so much, and I love you blogto for making this list.

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