There is something quintessentially American about biting into a hot, crispy French fry. These golden wonders are beautiful in all shapes and sizes- crunchy, soft, straight, curly, or sweet potato. Across Pennsylvania, restaurants of all kinds churn out incredible fries, with only the very best of the best rising to grace our list. Take a grand, salty tour of the best French fries in the Keystone State, hot and waiting to make your meal.
Originally conceived as a means of using up leftover crab seasoning at the end of the summer, Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries soon took on a whole new culinary life of their own. Crinkle cut, to better hold the crab seasoning, and served with a creamy, white cheese sauce, this Philadelphia location boasts seriously iconic fries.
J.R.’s Fresh Cut Fries does serve other food, but their take on the classic potato perfection is so great, it’s worth naming a business after. Fresh cut to order, from fresh potatoes, these beauties are winners, whether or not you order some of the York location’s incredible barbecue to go with.
If you prefer your fries more Belgian than French, look no further than Cafe Bruges. This Carlisle location serves them up hot and delicious, with an available variety of dipping sauces. Consider the flight of sauces as a sampler, and be sure to visit for one of the best brunches in the area!
If you can make your way past the incredible appetizers at Khyber Pass Pub—think cornmeal crusted oysters and bacon grease popcorn—be sure to try the incredible French fries! Available regular, sweet, or with smoked cheddar and gravy, these babies are more than just a side dish, they’re an eating experience unto themselves.
Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey Bar places emphasis on handmade food served in a home-like environment. Apart from soothing surroundings and an exceptional selection of whiskey, this Pittsburgh spot serves up some of the best fries around. Available in original, ranch, Cajun, truffle, or loaded baked potato style, Winghart’s fries are easily among the best in state.
Locally sourced, handmade food, served in a throwback location with an attached arcade. The fries at the Pickle Nickel are exceptional, and offered up in a variety of styles. From regular to chili cheese to pizza to gravy to a number of bacon styles, this Dillsburg location would be worth a visit, even without the extensive main menu.
Located in the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, the Kitchen is a great way to replenish during an exhausting cultural excursion. They do feature regular fries as a side, but the small plate truffle fry option is really where the excellence begins. Hand cut and topped with truffle salt, these perfect potatoes are served up with a choice of smoky ketchup or garlic cream dip.
Another great Belgian option in the Keystone State is Monk’s Cafe, in Philadelphia. Fresh cut and double fried, these beauties are made from local bintje potatoes when available, and served alongside Monk Cafe’s insanely delicious bourbon mayo.
With one of the most interesting menus in the city, Fuel and Fuddle doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to exceptional sides. Available both regular and sweet, the fries at this Pittsburgh location are served alongside dishes like alligator stew and chili salad.
If you’re in the mood for a taste of Ireland, you could scarcely do better than a trip to Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub. This Erie staple serves up fries the way they were meant to be—crispy, golden, delicious, and simple.