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(Huffington Post)   It's official: Chili's has the best casual-dining french fries in America, beating out heated competition from Applebee's, Hard Rock Cafe, and Planet Hollywood, and outclassing "floppy and wan" TGI Friday's fries   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 79
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2012-07-01 10:43:23 AM  

born_yesterday: LarryDan43: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 333x500]
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I'm glad someone mentioned the magical properties of duck fat. See also: best scrambled eggs EVAR.


Indeed. I got a big jar of it from the local farmers market. Total cost: $4. Last year, the same lady had goose fat and home rendered lard.
 
2012-07-01 10:58:52 AM  
I haven't been to a Chili's in like 7 years. I don't see that changing.
 
2012-07-01 11:17:54 AM  

born_yesterday: LarryDan43: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 333x500]
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I'm glad someone mentioned the magical properties of duck fat. See also: best scrambled eggs EVAR.


There is this french bistro the wife and I go to that basically serves McDonalds cut fries but fries them in duck fat. Those things are insanely good. This place also serves the best french onion soup so quite often I get a bowl of that and an order of fries and call it a good night. Soaking those fries in the soup is heavenly.
 
2012-07-01 01:10:29 PM  
I'm calling shenaingans on this. I've never eaten anything at Chili's that tasted good.
 
2012-07-01 01:23:39 PM  
They misspelled Ruby Tuesday's.
 
2012-07-01 01:24:09 PM  
Maybe it's that waitress spit in every order that gives Chili's fries that something special.

eater.com
 
2012-07-01 01:27:44 PM  

ScreamingHangover: Hank's Haute Dogs in Honolulu has fries cooked in Duck Fat.
And Chicago dogs: he has Vienna Dogs and poppy seed buns shipped from Chicago.

Mind boggling.


Hot Doug's in Chicago also has duck fat fries.
 
2012-07-01 01:36:19 PM  
This is how you make french fries:

1. Cut the fries to your desired thickness. The key is to make it uniform so they cook evenly.
2. Rinse the fries and let them soak in water. The goal here is to get rid of some of the starch. As little as 15 minutes will make a difference, but an hour or two is best.
3. Blanch the fries at ~225 degrees for 9 minutes. The oil you use matters. I prefer peanut oil. The purpose of this step is to cook the inside of the fries and get them nice and fluffy.
4. Drain the fries and let them rest to room temperature. You can do this in the fridge if you're in a hurry.
5. Cook the fries at ~400 degrees until nice and crispy.
6. Drain the fries and salt immediately. I like adding a touch of cayenne pepper as well.

The result: delicious fries that are light and fluffy on the inside yet nice and crispy on the outside.
 
2012-07-01 01:49:49 PM  

CraicBaby: CraicBaby: As far as chain sit-down restaurants, I like Chili's the best. I hate Applebee's. Their food always seems like something I could microwave at home.

Perhaps that is because they actually DO microwave the food?

 
2012-07-01 04:01:22 PM  

bhcompy: Chili's? Meh. I would have accepted Red Robin or Claim Jumper, but Chili's?


As a long-ago patron of the original CJs in Los Alamitos (why yes, I do sound fat and old), and someone who hasn't been in LA in quite some time, I am saddened and concerned to see them listed in the same breath as Red Robin and Chili's. Are they really on that tier now?

/ man, haven't thought about them in FOREVER
// could go for some ribs and the salad bar... but it's probably too hot for even that right now....
 
2012-07-01 05:31:16 PM  

Lou Brown: This is how you make french fries:

1. Cut the fries to your desired thickness. The key is to make it uniform so they cook evenly.
2. Rinse the fries and let them soak in water. The goal here is to get rid of some of the starch. As little as 15 minutes will make a difference, but an hour or two is best.
3. Blanch the fries at ~225 degrees for 9 minutes. The oil you use matters. I prefer peanut oil. The purpose of this step is to cook the inside of the fries and get them nice and fluffy.
4. Drain the fries and let them rest to room temperature. You can do this in the fridge if you're in a hurry.
5. Cook the fries at ~400 degrees until nice and crispy.
6. Drain the fries and salt immediately. I like adding a touch of cayenne pepper as well.

The result: delicious fries that are light and fluffy on the inside yet nice and crispy on the outside.


You are SPOT ON. If you didn't already know this folks, learn it and never make them any other way again.
 
zez
2012-07-01 06:33:16 PM  
In my opinion, Buffalo Wild Wings has some of the best fries anywhere.
 
2012-07-01 07:03:27 PM  
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2012-07-01 07:31:39 PM  

SFSailor: As a long-ago patron of the original CJs in Los Alamitos (why yes, I do sound fat and old), and someone who hasn't been in LA in quite some time, I am saddened and concerned to see them listed in the same breath as Red Robin and Chili's. Are they really on that tier now?


Claim Jumper's quality has gone way down since being acquired by Landry's. They've scaled down the menu and portions have gotten smaller. Service was still decent at our last visit, but the cutting corners was obvious and the waitresses were really sympathetic every time we pointed out wanting something that wasn't offered anymore.
 
2012-07-01 07:32:34 PM  

zez: In my opinion, Buffalo Wild Wings has some of the best fries anywhere.


If you are talking about their buffalo chips etc you might be right, but their french fries suck.
 
2012-07-01 07:59:22 PM  

SCUBA_Archer: Claim Jumper's quality has gone way down since being acquired by Landry's. They've scaled down the menu and portions have gotten smaller. Service was still decent at our last visit, but the cutting corners was obvious and the waitresses were really sympathetic every time we pointed out wanting something that wasn't offered anymore.


Agree. My family used to go to Claim Jumper back in the 1980's. The quality of the food, portions, and service were fabulous. Now, they are no different than any other restaurant who is really a food manufacturer try to appear like they are a restaurant.
 
2012-07-02 12:19:24 AM  
This discussion begins and ends with Red Robin. Yum!
 
zez
2012-07-02 01:09:00 AM  

skankboy: zez: In my opinion, Buffalo Wild Wings has some of the best fries anywhere.

If you are talking about their buffalo chips etc you might be right, but their french fries suck.


It might be yours since our local chain finally figured out how to make wings, but I'd rather eat the fries.

5 Guys is almost the worst representation of the food they are tying to serve ever! And I've been to 3 locations.

Red Robin is horrible all around, except for the fact they have a bar which makes it much more enjoyable.
 
2012-07-02 01:53:00 AM  

SCUBA_Archer: SFSailor: As a long-ago patron of the original CJs in Los Alamitos (why yes, I do sound fat and old), and someone who hasn't been in LA in quite some time, I am saddened and concerned to see them listed in the same breath as Red Robin and Chili's. Are they really on that tier now?


Claim Jumper's quality has gone way down since being acquired by Landry's. They've scaled down the menu and portions have gotten smaller. Service was still decent at our last visit, but the cutting corners was obvious and the waitresses were really sympathetic every time we pointed out wanting something that wasn't offered anymore.


I used to love Claim Jumper, but the quality is just terrible now, at least the last few times I went there it was. One of the last times I went there we got seated in a place where we can see into the kitchen. I just saw the guys cutting open frozen food in plastic bags and popping them into the microwave. Not that it's a huge shock, but that is a total turnoff for me.

//I still like their biscuits (or I did last time I had them).
 
2012-07-02 08:35:17 AM  
I'm more surprised to hear that Planet Hollywood is still around.
 
2012-07-02 09:38:04 AM  
Fries in general should be getting better with so many people with advanced degrees making them these days.
 
2012-07-02 09:55:38 AM  

abhorrent1: I'm more surprised to hear that Planet Hollywood is still around.


There's one at Disney. I went there and it was empty.
 
2012-07-02 10:22:09 AM  
Thread's long dead, but I hate to leave replies unanswered... and it's too farkin' hot to do much else, so:

SCUBA_Archer: Claim Jumper's quality has gone way down


PillsHere: I used to love Claim Jumper, but the quality is just terrible now


Well, that's disappointing. I'll just cling to my childhood nostalgia. At least that kills some of the, "ya' know, it might be fun to revisit the ol' stompin' grounds" desire. Or, at least, it takes one item off the list.

Too bad, really. I have fond (if a bit vague, as the mind deteriorates) memories of the place. Just the quickest Wiki'ing, though, shows it's now some (reasonably-) monster chain. If it's another case of "hey, there's a FANTASTIC brand identity! Let's buy it out, industrialize it and rape the image for profit until it's deader'n' the first brontosaur, (then, eventually, of course, break it up, sell off the pieces and leave our investors holding the bag)" that's just, well, sad... but I guess that's the way it is.

So it goes.

(I would love a time machine, though, to go back and see if it really was as good as I recall it.)

Harry_Seldon: My family used to go to Claim Jumper back in the 1980's.


Heh. Even if you're also talking about the LosAl location, and even if we're within a stone's throw of each other's age, I'm'a go ahead and assume there's less chance we somehow knew each other than there is of beating Satan in a friendly snowball fight. And I don't want to learn otherwise!

Also:

dryknife: Fries in general should be getting better with so many people with advanced degrees making them these days.


That's both laugh- and tear-inducing.
 
2012-07-02 12:36:18 PM  
Tilted Kilt's Garlic Parmesean fries or GTFO. Bonus: These people deliver them to you and will do in-home catering.

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2012-07-02 01:56:30 PM  

PsyLord: I actually like the fries from 5 Guys.


Yep! Just like the fair fries, loaded with salt and malt vinegar. And they do them right. I've had so many places that have "Fresh cut fries" that are red/brown soggy, grease laden, almost potato sticks that having a restaurant do fresh cut fries right is a welcome change. Got to fry them twice or you're just doing it wrong.
 
2012-07-02 04:31:09 PM  
I discovered 5 Guys this weekend. I could not stop eating their fries. SOOOO good!
 
2012-07-02 06:19:28 PM  

SFSailor: Harry_Seldon: My family used to go to Claim Jumper back in the 1980's.

Heh. Even if you're also talking about the LosAl location, and even if we're within a stone's throw of each other's age, I'm'a go ahead and assume there's less chance we somehow knew each other than there is of beating Satan in a friendly snowball fight. And I don't want to learn otherwise!


What would really worry me is if you used to also eat at Katella Deli (by the race track), and hang out at D-land watching the band, Krash, as the Coca Cola Terrace.
 
2012-07-03 04:27:20 PM  

Harry_Seldon: What would really worry me is if you used to also eat at Katella Deli (by the race track), and hang out at D-land watching the band, Krash, as the Coca Cola Terrace.


Would it worry you more, or less, to find out that I occasionally ate at the Katella Deli on my way to my shift at D-land, but, as a Castmember, I couldn't really stand around and watch the bands, unless I was lucky enough to get a good location with a view?

Is this the most obscure, "nothing is obscure on Fark" ever, I wonder?

/ probably sold you a coke
// or an ice cream sandwich
/// or a balloon?
 
2012-07-03 09:14:02 PM  

Mugato: abhorrent1: I'm more surprised to hear that Planet Hollywood is still around.

There's one at Disney. I went there and it was empty.


There were some here. In various malls and one downtown Chicago. I thought they all closed but maybe not. Never been to one I just remember when they first opened.
 
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