Gone are the days when french fries were just a side dish. Done just right, with a crispy, salty finish – bonus points for homemade sauces – these Phoenix fries are an absolute highlight. From curls and waffles to sweet potatoes and duck fat, everything a step further, get ready to fill fries! Nanny’s 830 East Washington Street, Phoenix The fries were just potatoes when you stepped into Nanny’s, a south-inspired chicken-and-chip restaurant in Washington run by couple Andrea and Josh Nabors. As soon as you order, fat rust-red potatoes are pushed through a potato press, a Mother’s Day present from your eldest son, and fried to perfection. The result is thick, blocky spears that do the impossible: a deeply browned, crispy exterior with an incredibly creamy, buttery interior. Sauce with lemon pepper, garlic parm, mango habanero or one of their other homemade dips. click to enlarge The stand’s special sauce is totally addicting – take a dip! Allison Young The Stand Arcadia Burger Shoppe 3538 East Indian School Road The Stand has been serving outstanding French fries since 2013. Cut by hand every day, these jagged creations cut into columns are well seasoned with a side dish of their stand-up sauce. Originally made to put on their burgers, people kept coming back asking for a side dish to go with their fries – and rightly so. A top secret mix of mayo and ketchup with just the right mix of herbs and spices. This creamy, dreamy dipper with a touch of heat makes these tubers sing right down to the crispy parts of the bottom. Be dark and happy! Click to enlarge Dazzo’s hot dog and hand-cut fries for $ 4.20. Popular in Glendale since 1979, Allison Young Dazzo’s Dog House 6143 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale Dazzo’s is a nostalgic ode to everything Chicago from the menu to the sports memorabilia on the walls. The dogs are top dogs, but, man, the fries. Freshly cut every day and deep-fried in good old lard, they get hot – crispy on the outside, tough on the inside – and just the right amount of fat. You can get fries alone ($ 2.15) or with a dog ($ 4.20). Go to the dog, obviously! Cash only. I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of the New Times free. click to enlarge The Welcome Diner serves jackfruit-style fries and pure. Allison Young Welcome Diner 929 East Pierce Street The fries in the Welcome Diner stand on their own, crispy shoelaces, all golden and salted, served with house aioli. But the real stars of the french fries menu are the loaded versions, stacks of tall plates that get your fork (or fingers) to work. Poutine combines sauce and cheddar in country house style for the ultimate melty mashup or vegan with braised jackfruit, crispy coleslaw and tangy Carolina BBQ sauce. click to enlarge The waffle fries in 5th Street Burger & Fries are incomparably crispy. Allison Young 5th Street Burger & Fries 1158 West Washington Street, Tempe The fries at 5th Street Burger & Fries are no coincidence. The owners Pasha Khosravani and Sean Silverman, who opened the burger shop with counter service in the middle of the pandemic, love waffle bars with all their round precision, but longed for something crisper than Chick-fil-As framed fries. So they perfected the fry time and found the crispy sweet spot to create a waffle with an ideal outside yet crispy inside and put it in their secret seasoning. Traditionalists can dip in ketchup or take to the streets with one of their homemade aiolis. Click to enlarge Duck Fat Fries from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Allison Young Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. 721 North Arizona Avenue, Gilbert201 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix The fries from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co have a secret weapon: duck fat! Far superior to the usual vegetable oil, duck fat adds another dimension and gives the hand-cut tubers an oily, rich taste. Medium in size and topped with rosemary and thyme, part of the fun is to pick your two dips. Their sauces, made from scratch, are 15-strong and range from habanero honey mustard to chipotle ranch. For additional enjoyment, upgrade to the confetti fries for a beer, cheese, bacon or braised onion feast. click to enlarge A double dip of creamy Lebni and a spicy hot sauce at Ingo’s. Allison Young Ingo’s Tasty Food 101 East Washington Street4502 North 40th Street Ingo’s smashing broken potato chips like you think chips should be shaped. Instead of your standard blocky starch pencils, these revelations are cut vertically into rounds. That means more space to shovel up both sides, both from our own production. There is Lebni, a creamy Mediterranean yoghurt dip with lemon, and a green hot sauce with a jalapeno and garlic kick. No shame when dipping twice for the perfect salt-fat-acid-heat bite from Potato Gluck. Click to enlarge Zinc Bistro’s tiny fries are bougie! Allison Young Zinc Bistro 15034 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Zinc’s House Fries know how to make an entrance. Served in a stainless steel cylinder lined with paper, the fries arrive loud and proud, as if they were giving themselves a standing ovation – and rightly so. The hand-cut shoelaces are slim but not too thin, sprinkled with smoked paprika and herbs and served with a creamy paprika aioli that perfectly accentuates its crispy finish. Or try the even fancier truffle parmesan fries for added decadence. Either way, combine them with the perfect boozy pairing: champagne, duh! click to enlarge So much Cajun seasoning on Monroe’s crinkle cut fries. Allison Young Monroe’s Hot Chicken 45 West Jefferson Street430 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe Move over Shake Shack, there’s a great game of crinkle cut fries in town. In addition to serving up monster chicken sandwiches, Monroe’s also serves french fries – a whole box full, ribbed for your pleasure, for only $ 3.50 (Score!). Perfectly crispy in peanut oil with a strong shake of Cajun seasoning that sticks to any split edges, they don’t need to be dipped (period), but heat seekers can do it with a side of their kick-it sauce for 50 cents. Click to enlarge Nothing mushy about these sweet potato fries from Seed Shack. Allison Young Seed Shack 3861 East Baseline Road, Gilbert Sweet potato fries can get soggy quickly. Not so at Seed Shack, a vegan restaurant in Gilbert that serves them just right. Incredibly long and wonderfully crispy, these tubers come out with a delightful golden exterior. Points for seasoning too: they’re dusted with a touch of kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. Be sure to combine them with the homemade Black Bean Burger for vegan convenience in a box.