Best non-traditional french fry: curly fries or waffle fries? | The Tylt
Best non-traditional french fry: curly fries or waffle fries?
How could you not love spiraled french fries? Curly fries bring new joy to the world of crispy, seasoned, french-fry goodness. According to GrubStreet's Chris Crowley, curly fries have long been snubbed, as they clearly lack the handmade charm of fresh-cut potatoes. Crowley writes that although the curly fry "lacks a chef-patron to advocate for its excellence," the dish deserves its due.
Perhaps no chef has made a notable attempt at reinventing the curly fry because the curly fry needs no reinvention. They are exquisite just as they are...The best versions of the fries are aggressively seasoned, and look as though they were rolled around in chile powder. And any chef who dared to mess with the seasoning — by tossing the fries in sumac or, God forbid, fresh herbs — would do irreparable harm to their essential curly-fry-ness.
Curly fries supersede food trends. They are the Instagram-able food before Instagram, and they will forever reign supreme as one of the most beautiful, welcoming side dishes around.
Curly fries are cute, and that's about it. Waffle fries, on the other hand, are epic. These hefty creations hold sauce and seasoning better than any other french fry out there. They take the weight of the potato wedge and combine it with the crispiness of the shoestring fry, creating the ultimate addition to any meal.
Chick-fil-A continues to tout the benefits of the waffle fry, but even fancy New York establishments have caught onto these fries' versatility. New York Magazine's review of Emmy Squared, a restaurant renowned for its pizza and burgers, describes the waffle fries on the menu:
Along with the pies, there are a handful of appetizers including tasty okonomi waffle fries topped with dancing flakes of bonito, mayo, and a key surprise of barbecue sauce.
The beauty of the waffle structure is its surface area. You can slather Chick-fil-A sauce on a waffle fry just as easily as you can enjoy flakes of bonito and dabs of mayo. Waffle fries are the clear winner.