French Fry Flashback Friday

Fresh fries served at the Secret Burger Showdown at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing arts for the last week of the L.A.Times’ Foodbowl, in Beverly Hills, California, May 26, 2018.  (Photos by Monique A. LeBleu)

As social media fake holidays go, none are more fun than the food-related ones. National French Fry Day is no exception.

Whether with a burger, your favorite chicken sandwich, a hoagie, a steak, as a side, or as part of your hangover recovery, French Fries are the ultimate comfort food.

Here are a few places where you can get some good ones throughout L.A. without making too much of a dent in your wallet.

The Cheese Fries with a Boos Pizza Steak hot hoagie at Boos Philly in Silverlake, California, September 11, 2017.

Boos Philly

These crisp shoestring fries loaded with that Boos Philly signature thin sliced steak and Cheese Whiz sauce make a great sharable or a complete meal at $7.45. The Pizza Fries are topped with marinara, pepperoni and a mountain of mozzarella cheese. $4.75. Pair them with the star, and Original Boos Philly Cheesesteak hoagie. Secret menus are their specialty, where one item, The Hustle, made it to the menu.  Marinated hot peppers, sliced jalapeños, and their amazing caramelized onions are just some of the available toppings. Go nuts. They’re up for it.

Boo’s Philly Silverlake ~ 4501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Chef Justin Foronda Asada-style Fries at a Benadictz Popup Brunch in Historic Filipino Town, Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2017.

Benaddictz PopUp Brunch

Benaddictz very popular Pop-Up Brunch by Chef Justin Foronda’s which, if still active, his sold-out brunches are completely justifiable. This dish is Foronda’s “Never Hungover Again” Kalua Pork topped Lomi-Lomi inspired asada-style like fries topped with cheese, a mild pico de gallo and an avocado sauce on crispy, rich fries that taste mildly of a coconut blend oil in the frying. A great opener that was served with the star entrée, the signature Chicken Adobo Benedict with a poached egg on crispy rice toast and a tangy, mild hollandaise. Really heavenly. The entire brunch was about $35, which includes four courses and a most unique beer-based Mimosa.

Benaddictz PopUp Brunch ~ locations and dates vary; see menus for brunch menus and catering.

Columbo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club

The FIsh and Chips at Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club, Eagle Rock California, September 25, 2017. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

A juicy-crisp, grilled cheese with garlic fries, had with a Black Market Brewery Hefeweisen made for a great early summer weekend lunch, but their fish and chips at the bar are an amazing deal with two crisp, battered fish fillets, always buttery and tender–always!–and a mass of shoestrings. Ask for the garlic fries. You won’t be sorry. Each plate is about $10 – $12 at the bar.

Columbo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club – 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA  90041

Foothill (formerly Twohey’s Tavern)

The House Fries with the Stinko 2.0 and a Rose Bowl cocktail at Twohey’s Tavern, now Foothill, in Pasadena, California, November 19, 2017.

The House Fries was had with The Stinko 2.0  and a Rose Bowl cocktail was the House Fries. Famous for their burgers at the original Twohey’s Alhambra location, the burger comes with these thick and crisp fries or as a bar bite appetizer. The house fries alone are only $3 bucks, but another great deal is the Beer and Burger for $15 at the bar from 3 – 6 p.m. for Happy Hour, which comes with a mass of these fries.

Foothill ~ 2835 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

The Kitchen

The fries that come with the Grilled Cheeseburger of 100% beef, sharp cheddar, sautéed onion, lettuce, tomato & Dijon-mayo on a brioche had by a dining companion who graciously shared his fries. The Kitchen is comfort-food heaven. Don’t miss the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and succotash or the Mac and Cheese with garlicky cream sauce. Lunch and dinner items here are $10 – $17.

The Kitchen ~ 4348 Fountain Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029

The fries that come with the Grilled Cheeseburger at The Kitchen, Silverlake, California, October 29, 2017.

Plate 38

The Sweet Potato fries and Garlic Fries at Plate 38 in Pasadena, California, February 28, 2018.

At the Social Hour at Plate 38 with HEAPS of sweet potato and real shoestring fries. Freeway easy, Plate 38 in East Pasadena at the corner of Colorado and Madre Villa has two social hours, 3 – 6 pm and 9 until closing, and every Monday 3 p.m. until closing, with very nice prices for their bar bite items ranging from $4 to #6.50 each.

For more on Plate 38.

Plate 38 Restaurant, Bar & Grill ~ 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

South City Fried Chicken

The House Fries at South City Fried Chicken in the Corporation Food Hall, Downtown, Los Angeles, February 4, 2018. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

The South City Fries from the recently opened South City Fried Chicken in DTLA are hand cut, skin-on fries dusted with a low country boil spice and served with a red remoulade. South City Fried Chicken also serves their Memphis Juke Joint Fries that are drenched with their Abita Turbodog® Brown Ale cheese sauce, and topped with an amazing house smoked chicken bacon–and yes, it really tastes like bacon–jalapeno, and cilantro, which are nicely spiced and a complete meal in itself.

For more story on South City Fried Chicken.

South City Fried Chicken ~ 724 South Spring Street, DTLA, Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu
The Sweet Potato fries with a Lobster Salad sandwich with bacon at Twohey’s, Alhambra, California, August 9, 2017.

Twohey’s Restaurant

Golden and super crisp Sweet Potato fries with a celery heavy Maine Lobster club, which was about $19.  Although most famous for its Stinko Burger, Twohey’s makes a fantastic Clam Chowder–just remember, it’s only available on Fridays. Twohey’s in Alhambra moves soon to a new location in South Pasadena.

For more on Twohey’s Restaurant.

Twohey’s Restaurant ~ 1224 N Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91801

About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!
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