A plate of fries makes a fine meal.
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In Grade 7, I had a classmate who’d drawn an especially large “F” on the front of her notebook followed by three words: French Fry Freak. “Cool,” I’d thought back then. “But they’re just fries.”
Oh, but I know better now. Since then, I’ve met legions of fans of the french fry who defend their fries of choice (skinny, thick, etc.) as staunchly as they defend anything else they value. Most people don’t know this about me but I fancy my fries finger-thick and soggy, even though I’ve been told several times that soggy fries are a sacrilege. I’m just not that crazy about fries that are thin and cooked ’til they’re a deep amber and bordering on burnt.
I don’t find soggy fries very often when I go out to eat so I make those for myself at home. But I must profess a fondness for the fries served in some places. I think Elbert’s Cheesesteak in Rockwell serves the best fries in Manila. They’re thick and twice-fried, a process that creates a paper-like sheath around the fry for maximum satisfaction. I also like the fries at TGI Friday’s (photo above) and it goes without saying that Chili’s Peppercorn Burger is nothing without a honking-big plateful of their famous fries. And more recently, CBD not only has incredible fries, they also serve what I consider to be the best milkshake in Manila.
So say, for whose french fries are you a freak for?