Is there anyone on Earth that does not like French fries? Fries are one of the most crave-worthy foods — from the most basic fast-food fries to the fancier options. Fry up a potato, drizzle some truffle oil and dip in aioli instead of plain old ketchup and you’ve got yourself a fancy fry. The qualifier for what makes something a fancy fry is that you order it for the whole table to enjoy. It’s an appetizer or an entrée, not just a side. Call them frites, fries or fritjes … we’ve sampled many a potato (and oh what a burden it was!) to bring you some of the best fancy fries in town.
1147 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 451-0447
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What to order: Lilly’s Frites
Enjoy the magnificence that is white truffle oil at one of Louisville’s original farm-to-table Southern mainstays, Lilly’s Bistro. These delightful frites are immersed in fresh Parmesan, a blend of fresh herbs and, best of all, white truffle oil. Dip these tasty frites into Lilly’s tangy Green Goddess sauce for a particularly flavorful combination. Taste the golden goodness for yourself for just $6 — and be sure to pair it with a glass of Sauvignon blanc or one of the many wines on Lilly’s extensive wine list!
702 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 217-6360
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
What to order: Proof Fries
Proof’s signature truffle oil fries are sprinkled with Parmesan and served with a savory pimento aioli. Crispy and absolutely delicious, these fries are to die for! I really had to stop myself from polishing off the entire plate in a few minutes. For only $6, you cannot miss these truffle fries next time you treat yourself to a night of sumptuous eats and contemporary art at Proof on Main!
2144 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 895-0076
Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.; Wednesday though Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What to order: Belgian pomme frittes
Although the French get the namesake of the delicious fries we all know and love, it was actually Belgium who is the alleged inventor of the “French” fries. Caffe Classico pays homage to the originator — and today’s No. 1 consumer of fries — with their Belgian-style pomme frittes for $7.50. These fries come piping hot and perfectly salted — and with three different dipping sauces, they are sure to satisfy the entire table!
11507 Park Road, Louisville, KY 40223 • (502) 708-1850
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What to order: Sweet potato fries with marshmallow crème
Your favorite Thanksgiving dish gets an upgrade at the Village Anchor with their rendition of crispy sweet potato fries — warm and ready to be dipped into some sweet marshmallow crème. Yum! (No, seriously!) For $5, you can enjoy the whipped goodness of marshmallow crème and warm sweet potatoes while basking in the sun on Village Anchor’s beautiful patio seating.
1053 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217 • (502) 634-1447
Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to order: Truffle fries, Chili-cheese fries and KY poutine
With fries this good, we couldn’t pick just one, right? At Four Pegs Beer Lounge, there is a fry to satisfy every craving — from a decadent truffle aioli and truffle salt combination to the hearty chili-cheese variety. And don’t forget the KY poutine! Four Pegs puts a Southern spin on the Canadian classic by topping their house-cut fries with their country sausage gravy and farmhouse Gouda cheese. Each of these specialty fries are available for $6. Hop on over to Germantown and try these with one of the many awesome beers available on tap and by the bottle at Four Pegs!
900 East Market St., Louisville KY 40206 • (502) 749-6200
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
What to Order: Triple-cooked fries
The chic and locally sourced restaurant Rye believes food should be “something that pushes the senses and comforts the soul.” Their triple-cooked fries — crisped to a golden brown and accompanied with a punch of chili lime aioli — embody this motto. For $6, enjoy them as an appetizer or as the perfect complement to their Kentucky-grown bone-in ribeye.
Highlands: 1606 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 365-1921
Douglass Hills: 11400 Main St., Louisville, KY 40243 • (502) 742-1456
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What is it about duck fat that makes a potato so happy? These duck fat fries at Louvino are the perfect savory accompaniment to your flights of wine. Note I said flightS (with an “s”); the potatoes will soak up all that vino. These are small plates, so get at least one for the table, along with all the other many delights on this menu.
Downtown: 113 South Seventh St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 749-6451
East End: 9200 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299 • (502) 384 4834
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8:30 pm
What to order: Steak Truffle Fries
If you like your fries heavy on the potato without skimping on any of that satisfying fried-food crunch, then look no further! Mussel and Burger Bar’s steak truffle fries are seared to flaky fried perfection, making for one memorable eating experience. Get them for $5.50.
1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville KY 40204 • (502) 459-9939
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
What to order: Fritjes
Strange name, amazing taste. Holy Grale’s “fritjes” (Dutch for fries) are hand-cut, double-fried potatoes that are accompanied by your choice of unique house-made sauces including wasabi mayo, Creole mustard, malt vinegar, beer cheese, samurai sauce, fritje sauce, curry ketchup and Crystal hot sauce. Enjoy these fritjes for $6 and, if you can’t choose just one sauce, add another for 50 cents! Praise the Lord for amazing fries and great beer at this former Unitarian church-turned-Holy Grale.
938 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 583-0440
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What to order: Mole fries
Meet mole (mo-lay) sauce (aka: the best thing to ever happen to fries). Taqueria El Taco Luchador combines the best of American and Mexican cuisine by topping their French fries with mole sauce, a staple in Mexican cooking, composed of two or more types of chili pepper and often garlic, clove or citrus. To balance the delicious smoked heat of dried chilis embedded in the mole sauce, El Taco Luchador’s fries are complemented by crema, cilantro and queso fresco — all for $4.75.
5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd., Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 327-5058
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
What to order: Duck fat pomme frites
Located in an old 1850 mansion that served as the first operating dairy farm in Kentucky, Corbett’s offers an historic dining experience featuring 14-foot ceilings, a grand staircase and some amazing fries. Corbett’s pomme frites, $6, are the perfect size — not too thick, not too thin — and the duck fat truly brings these fries to their maximum level of yumminess. As a nod to their Belgian roots, these frites are served over PEI mussels with a tarragon aioli.
1359 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 822-3963
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
As our food writer Lindsey McClave wrote about the steak frites in a review earlier this year, “The Wagyu flank steak is rubbed with brown sugar and cumin and grilled medium rare. A local lettuce mix tossed in a bright sherry vinaigrette is a refreshing accompaniment to the beef but will always play second fiddle to the real reason we love this dish: the frites! La Chasse adds plenty of fresh herbs and reggiano cheese to their frites, guaranteeing you’ll be ordering this dish time and time again.”
921 Swan St., Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 365-1112
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What to order: Truffle fries, Grippo fries
Although Hammerheads is known for its unique variety of meats offered, we believe they should be honored for their amazing selection of fries! At Hammerheads in Germantown, you no longer have to choose between duck fat and truffle oil. For all of their fries, have them fried in duck fat for $3. And once you try the mouthwatering combo of truffle oil and duck fat-fried perfection, you’ll never go back. We loved the truffle fries ($5) and the Grippo fries ($4), which are sprinkled with a sweet-and-spicy barbecue seasoning and taste even better when fried in duck fat.
150 North Hurstbourne Parkway., Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 883-3153
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What to order: Pomme frites
These are classic pommes frites in a classic French restaurant, located off Hurstbourne Lane in the Forum. Perfectly fried with a light herb dusting, these can be ordered as a side to your meal or alone for only $5. We recommend always having them as a side, as they are a complement to anything on the menu there.
2231 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 425-0949
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What to Order: Boniato Frito (sweet potato fries)
¡Me amo Boniato Fritos! Mojito’s sweet potato fries are great to share, but we suggest we order them just for yourself — they are that good! Served with their famous homemade smoked honey, these sweet potato fries, $4, are a sweeter alternative to your average fry. SB Tip: You can also ask for yucca fries with a honey and garlic aioli. They aren’t on the menu, but are an exotic must-try for any fries fan!
Enjoy your potatoes, Louisville!
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