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Massachusetts is gearing up for National French Fry Day this Saturday, July 13, a perfect occasion to indulge in one of the most tasty and diverse foods in the universe! Curly fries, melted cheese fries, double-fried Belgians, garlic fries, Korean, Japanese or Greek fries – you’ll find every variation imaginable here in the Bay State. Technically, there are no Golden rules to shape your French fries, but we all know the universal tastes – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Not too soggy or too fried, French fries with a golden brown color and moderate seasoning while being served HOT are the formula of delish perfection.
We’ve put together a quick history of the French fries, along with nine great places in Massachusetts to celebrate National French Fry Day.
French fries start with potatoes, which originated in South America thousands of years ago, and made their way to Europe at the end of the 16th century, introduced by Spanish explorers. The first potatoes mentioned in New England were introduced in 1719 and were known as Irish potatoes because of the immigrants who grew them. It was not until 1802 that fried potatoes were introduced to Americans, and the name French fries may have been coined by President Thomas Jefferson, when he referred to them as “potatoes, fried in the French manner.”
Today, French fries are as American as apple pie, with the average American consuming 30 pounds each year. While they are almost synonymous with our national food – hamburger – French fries can be paired up with all types of food. Check out these restaurants below and Happy National French Fry Day!
Saus – [Greater Boston]
33 Union Street, Boston, MA & One Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA
Highlight: Hand-cut aged Idaho Russets with over 15 unique sauces. Create-your-own poutine fries with local cheddar curds and Saus gravy – choose your size, choose your gravy, and top it off with add-ons.
Shojo – [Greater Boston]
9A Tyler Street, Boston, MA
Highlight: “Shadowless Fries” – a combo of hand-cut Russets double-fried in duck fat, Mapo tofu with Sriracha aioli, tinged with Spicy Lady Sauce, and Kimchi.
The Gaff – [Greater Boston]
467 Moody Street, Waltham, MA
Highlight: Regular shoestring fries with add-ons, including shaved parmesan, truffle oil, and garlic aioli.
Lee’s Burgers – [Greater Boston]
1331 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA & 216 Sumner Street, Newton, MA
Highlight: Standard French fries, honey glazed sweet potato fries, waffle fries, bacon cheese fries, chili cheese fries, Jalapeno cheese fries and more.
Filos Greek Taverna – [Western Massachusetts]
279 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Highlight Tradition Greek fries, fries with tzatziki, local apple cider vinegar, truffle oil, parmesan, caramelized onion, poutine gravy or creamy vodka sauce, and a Korean-style fries with homemade kimchi.
The Fix Burger Bar – [Central Massachusetts]
108 Grove Street, Worcester, MA
Highlight: Crispy fries with awesome toppings. You can choose flavors from Quebec (rosemary & black pepper gravy) and Chili Cheese (cheese fries with sliced jalapeno).
Markos Mediterranean Grill – [North of Boston]
90 Thorndike Street, Lowell, MA
Highlight: A monster-size fries with options of grilled meats, sauces, and spicy glazes.
The Tasty – [South of Boston]
42 Court Street, Plymouth, MA
Highlight: Nori Fries, amazing side dish, give you a taste of crispy flavor blended with sesame oil, nori, sesame, and spicy mayo.
JD’s Burger Company – [Cape Cod & The Islands]
280 Route 130, Forestdale, Sandwich, MA
Highlight: Pair up your seasoned French fries with their chicken tenders or Mozzarella sticks or you can choose from sweet potato fries and cheesy fries to tater tots.