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Last Friday, Eater asked readers to shoutout their favorite French fries in Portland, and the response was absolutely overwhelming. From gravy-topped to truffle oiled, duck-fat-fried to deceptively simple, reader potato preferences ran the gamut.

So here now, in celebration of Burger Week's Fry-Day Friday, are 25 Popular French-Fry Destinations (listed here in random order), as determined by Eater readers. The full list of nominees lives after the map, and if your favorite still isn't included, do give it a shout in the comments.


Need more potato? Do consider these nominees, as well:
Foster Burger · The Goodfoot · Dick's Kitchen · Henry's Tavern · Vita Cafe · Lompoc's Fifth Quadrant · Jack in the Box · Laurelhurst Market · LaProvence · Bazi Bierbrasserie · Zeus Cafe · McDonald's · Pause · EaT: An Oyster Bar · Cafe Castagna · Boomers BBQ Restaurant · Moon and Sixpence · Horsebrass Pub · Dots Cafe · The Tannery Bar · Irving Street Kitchen · Sassy's · Slow Bar · Paragon.
· All Previous Burger Week Coverage [Eater PDX]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lardo East

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1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7786
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The "Dirty fries" at Lardo — topped with fried rosemary, peppers, lardons, and parmesan — have a huge following. Says one reader, "Lardo at the base of the indigo does it the best... they are UNREAL." [Photo]

2. Sideshow Eatery

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900 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204
This downtown food cart serves up pomme frites with a variety of dipping sauces (Sriracha mayo, curry ketchup), not to mention a special delightfully called "Duck Fat Frydays." Several options — from duck fat to poutine — received reader votes, many of which sounded like this: "Homemade mayo is SO delicious!! And the poutine is amazing." [Photo]

3. Potato Champion

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1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Most of iconic food cart Potato Champion's votes were specifically for its poutine. But one reader contends, "There are several unique options around town that are good in their own right, but Potato Champion is the best 'all-around' master of fry..." [Photo]

4. Reel 'em Inn

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2430 SE Divison
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 231-3880
SE Division dive is best known for its ridiculous fried chicken, which is best paired with gargantuan deep-fried potato "Jojos." One commenter writes: "If they count, I vote for the jojos at Reel M Inn. Like everything else there, they're no-nonsense and perfect. The only difference between these and french fries is you only need four of them." [Photo]

5. Branch Whiskey Bar

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2926 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 206-6266
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The booze at NE Alberta's Branch is best paired with its French fries, fried in duck fat before being sprinkled with sage and served alongside aioli. Says on reader, "Branch Whiskey Bar's duck fat fries are stupendous." [Photo]

6. Savoy Tavern and Bistro

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2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 808-9999
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SE Clinton's Wisconsin-inspired bar is best known for another deep-fried dish — its fried cheese curds — but several readers dub its potatoes the "best in the city." Writes one, [they serve the] "perfect fries every time." [Photo]

7. Tilt

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3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 200
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-8458
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North Portland's burger joint Tilt received several votes for its fries, best paired with its classic burgers. [Photo]

8. Stanich's

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4915 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 281-2322
Old-school burger joint Stanich's also serves a great French fry, according to one reader. "Without a doubt Stanich's — they are awesome just like we used to eat in Montreal, Quebec, a city that knows French fries. Especially great with malt vinegar and lots of salt. Eating fries with mayo, aoili or bernaise is great for hardening of the arteries....go for it!" [Photo]

9. Little Big Burger

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127 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 274-9008
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The use of truffle oil on fries became a topic of debate, but Little Big Burger's truffle fries were a consistently named favorite. Says on commenter, "I can't help myself when it comes to Little Big Burgers fries... I know it's nothing fancy, but those fries (especially with their ketchup) are delicious." [Photo]

10. Restaurant St Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 360-1281
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Several votes came in for St. Jack's fries, whether served with mussels or its underrated burger. One reader writes, "St. Jack hands down. Either as a side with Aioli or with the steak and Bearnaise." [Photo]

11. Moonshine Kitchen & Lounge

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1020 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
NW neighborhood bar Balls the Cat's Moonshine deep-fries a good potato, according to one reader. "Balls the Cat's Moonshine has great fries and great chili with which to pour over said fries." [Photo]

12. Bar Bar

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3943 N. Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 288-3895
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Mississippi Studios' adjacent bar got several shoutouts for its fries, whether the regular offering or the "Cajun" version. Writes on commenter, "I love Bar Bar's fries though, excellent pairing with their burger." [Photo]

13. Sunshine Tavern

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3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 688-1750
A few votes came in for the French fries at Sunshine Tavern, though it's unclear which version readers prefer: the gut-busting gravy cheese fries, or the (maybe slightly) healthier fries "salad," which tops fries with a chopped salad of provolone and salami. [Photo]

14. Brasserie Montmartre

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626 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 236-3036
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The Francophile Brasserie Montmartre has a now-familiar ingredient in its French fry arsenal: duck fat. Or, as one reader writes: "DUCK FAT!!!" [Photo]

15. Killer Burger

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4644 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 544-7521
Sometimes, simplicity is best, according to readers who gave a nod to Killer Burger's fries. Writes on commenter, "I don't always need fresh hand cut fries. So I say Killer Burger on Sandy... they fry them perfectly!" [Photo]

16. Fire On The Mountain

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1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 230-9464
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What goes better with wings than fries? One reader says: "I really like the fries at Fire on the Mountain — hand cut, thin, crispy and I always get my fries without salt and they do it for me." [Photo]

17. Burnside Brewing Co.

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701 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 208-3476
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To go alongside a seasonal burger that often features seafood topping a duck-fat-seared patty, Burnside Brewing also brings it with its French fries. Writes one reader, "Burnside Brewing has the BEST fries and house made ketchup! Their beers are pretty delicious too."

18. Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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Downtown's Imperial serves up a simple, perfectly fried French fry, according to readers. One recommends the following pairing: "Imperial fries & Clouet champagne!!"

19. Laurelwood SE Public House

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6716 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 894-8267
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Laurelwood Brewery famously tops its fries with malt vinegar, garlic, parmesan, and parsley, drawing several dedicated fans. [Photo]

20. Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage co

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1111 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214-1333
(503) 230-1899
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Writes on commenter, they're "extra crispy on the outside, light and fluffy in the middle." [Photo]

21. Cafe Nell

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1987 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 295-6487
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A few votes came in for the hand-cut fries at NW's Cafe Nell, whether accompanying steak fries or Manila clams. [Photo]

22. Sasquatch Brewery

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6440 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 402-1999
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SW brewery Sasquatch has a dedicated fan for its fries, served with a side of harissa dipping sauce. Says the reader, "I've heard the chef there talk about how kennebeck potatoes' sugar and starch contents help make it the perfect potato for crispy French fries, and I think she is on to something." [Photo]

23. Produce Row Cafe

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204 SE Oak St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-8355
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The Central Eastside's stalwart Produce Row serves up a perfectly crispy fry. According to one reader, they're "Battered & crispy." [Photo]

24. The Woodsman Tavern

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4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 373-8264
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One reader offers a colorful ode to the fries at the Woodsman Tavern: "I'm pretty sure the fries at the Woodsman Tavern are made by a kitchen full of unicorns and sprinkled with magic before they come out. They are delicious."

25. Burgerville

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1135 NE M L King Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 235-6858
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Sometimes a fast-food fry is preferable, and Burgerville's seasonal rosemary offering has its share of fans.

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1. Lardo East

1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
The "Dirty fries" at Lardo — topped with fried rosemary, peppers, lardons, and parmesan — have a huge following. Says one reader, "Lardo at the base of the indigo does it the best... they are UNREAL." [Photo]
1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

2. Sideshow Eatery

900 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204
This downtown food cart serves up pomme frites with a variety of dipping sauces (Sriracha mayo, curry ketchup), not to mention a special delightfully called "Duck Fat Frydays." Several options — from duck fat to poutine — received reader votes, many of which sounded like this: "Homemade mayo is SO delicious!! And the poutine is amazing." [Photo]
900 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204

3. Potato Champion

1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Most of iconic food cart Potato Champion's votes were specifically for its poutine. But one reader contends, "There are several unique options around town that are good in their own right, but Potato Champion is the best 'all-around' master of fry..." [Photo]
1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

4. Reel 'em Inn

2430 SE Divison, Portland, OR 97202
SE Division dive is best known for its ridiculous fried chicken, which is best paired with gargantuan deep-fried potato "Jojos." One commenter writes: "If they count, I vote for the jojos at Reel M Inn. Like everything else there, they're no-nonsense and perfect. The only difference between these and french fries is you only need four of them." [Photo]
2430 SE Divison
Portland, OR 97202

5. Branch Whiskey Bar

2926 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
The booze at NE Alberta's Branch is best paired with its French fries, fried in duck fat before being sprinkled with sage and served alongside aioli. Says on reader, "Branch Whiskey Bar's duck fat fries are stupendous." [Photo]
2926 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

6. Savoy Tavern and Bistro

2500 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
SE Clinton's Wisconsin-inspired bar is best known for another deep-fried dish — its fried cheese curds — but several readers dub its potatoes the "best in the city." Writes one, [they serve the] "perfect fries every time." [Photo]
2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

7. Tilt

3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 200, Portland, OR 97217
North Portland's burger joint Tilt received several votes for its fries, best paired with its classic burgers. [Photo]
3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 200
Portland, OR 97217

8. Stanich's

4915 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Old-school burger joint Stanich's also serves a great French fry, according to one reader. "Without a doubt Stanich's — they are awesome just like we used to eat in Montreal, Quebec, a city that knows French fries. Especially great with malt vinegar and lots of salt. Eating fries with mayo, aoili or bernaise is great for hardening of the arteries....go for it!" [Photo]
4915 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

9. Little Big Burger

127 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The use of truffle oil on fries became a topic of debate, but Little Big Burger's truffle fries were a consistently named favorite. Says on commenter, "I can't help myself when it comes to Little Big Burgers fries... I know it's nothing fancy, but those fries (especially with their ketchup) are delicious." [Photo]
127 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

10. Restaurant St Jack

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Several votes came in for St. Jack's fries, whether served with mussels or its underrated burger. One reader writes, "St. Jack hands down. Either as a side with Aioli or with the steak and Bearnaise." [Photo]
2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Moonshine Kitchen & Lounge

1020 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
NW neighborhood bar Balls the Cat's Moonshine deep-fries a good potato, according to one reader. "Balls the Cat's Moonshine has great fries and great chili with which to pour over said fries." [Photo]
1020 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

12. Bar Bar

3943 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
Mississippi Studios' adjacent bar got several shoutouts for its fries, whether the regular offering or the "Cajun" version. Writes on commenter, "I love Bar Bar's fries though, excellent pairing with their burger." [Photo]
3943 N. Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

13. Sunshine Tavern

3111 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
A few votes came in for the French fries at Sunshine Tavern, though it's unclear which version readers prefer: the gut-busting gravy cheese fries, or the (maybe slightly) healthier fries "salad," which tops fries with a chopped salad of provolone and salami. [Photo]
3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

14. Brasserie Montmartre

626 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
The Francophile Brasserie Montmartre has a now-familiar ingredient in its French fry arsenal: duck fat. Or, as one reader writes: "DUCK FAT!!!" [Photo]
626 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

15. Killer Burger

4644 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
Sometimes, simplicity is best, according to readers who gave a nod to Killer Burger's fries. Writes on commenter, "I don't always need fresh hand cut fries. So I say Killer Burger on Sandy... they fry them perfectly!" [Photo]
4644 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

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16. Fire On The Mountain

1708 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
What goes better with wings than fries? One reader says: "I really like the fries at Fire on the Mountain — hand cut, thin, crispy and I always get my fries without salt and they do it for me." [Photo]
1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

17. Burnside Brewing Co.

701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
To go alongside a seasonal burger that often features seafood topping a duck-fat-seared patty, Burnside Brewing also brings it with its French fries. Writes one reader, "Burnside Brewing has the BEST fries and house made ketchup! Their beers are pretty delicious too."
701 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

18. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Downtown's Imperial serves up a simple, perfectly fried French fry, according to readers. One recommends the following pairing: "Imperial fries & Clouet champagne!!"
410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

19. Laurelwood SE Public House

6716 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Laurelwood Brewery famously tops its fries with malt vinegar, garlic, parmesan, and parsley, drawing several dedicated fans. [Photo]
6716 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

20. Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage co

1111 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-1333
Writes on commenter, they're "extra crispy on the outside, light and fluffy in the middle." [Photo]
1111 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214-1333

21. Cafe Nell

1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209
A few votes came in for the hand-cut fries at NW's Cafe Nell, whether accompanying steak fries or Manila clams. [Photo]
1987 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97209

22. Sasquatch Brewery

6440 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239