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A Cut Above: The Absolute Best French Fries in Phoenix

Nanny's Fries are pressed from big-ass russet potatoes.
Nanny's Fries are pressed from big-ass russet potatoes. Allison Young

Long gone are the days when fries were a mere side dish. Done just right, with a crispy, salty finish – bonus points for house-made sauces – these Phoenix fries are total standouts. Ranging from curly and waffle to sweet potato and duck fat, all a cut above, get ready to fill up on fries!

Nanny's

830 East Washington Street, Phoenix

The fries were just potatoes when you walked into Nanny’s, a Southern-inspired chicken and chips spot on Washington owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Andrea and Josh Nabors. Once you order, big-ass russet potatoes are pushed through a potato press, a Mother’s Day gift from their oldest son, and fried to perfection. The results are thick, blocky spears that pull off the impossible: A deeply browned, crunchy exterior with an impossibly creamy, buttery inside. Sauce it up with lemon pepper, garlic parm, mango habanero, or one of their other house-made dips.

click to enlarge The Stand's special sauce is a totally addictive — dip away! - ALLISON YOUNG
The Stand's special sauce is a totally addictive — dip away!
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The Stand Arcadia Burger Shoppe

3538 East Indian School Road

The Stand has been serving standout fries since 2013. Hand-cut daily, these craggy, creviced creations come out well-seasoned with a side of their Stand sauce. Originally made to put on their burgers, people kept coming back and asking for a side for their fries – and rightfully so. A top-secret mix of mayo and ketchup with just the right blend of herbs and spices, this creamy, dreamy dipper with a hint of heat makes these spuds sing, down to the crispy bits of the bottom. Dunk and be merry!

click to enlarge Dazzo's hot dog and hand-cut fries for $4.20. - ALLISON YOUNG
Dazzo's hot dog and hand-cut fries for $4.20.
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Dazzo’s Dog House

6143 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale

A Glendale go-to since 1979, Dazzo’s is a nostalgic ode to all things Chicago, from the menu to the sports memorabilia covering the walls. The dogs are top dog, but, man, the fries. Cut fresh every day and deep-fried in good old lard, they come out hot – crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – and just the right amount of greasy. You can get fries all on their own ($2.15) or with a dog ($4.20). Go for the dog, obvi! Cash only.

click to enlarge Welcome Diner serves fries jackfruit style and straight up. - ALLISON YOUNG
Welcome Diner serves fries jackfruit style and straight up.
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Welcome Diner

929 East Pierce Street

The fries at Welcome Diner stand all on their own, crispy shoestrings, all golden and salted, served with house aioli. But the real stars of the fries menu are the loaded versions, piled-high plates that’ll put your fork (or fingers) to work. Poutine combines country-style gravy and cheddar for the ultimate melty mashup or go vegan with braised jackfruit, crunchy coleslaw and zippy Carolina BBQ sauce.

click to enlarge The waffle fries at 5th Street Burger & Fries are crispy beyond compare. - ALLISON YOUNG
The waffle fries at 5th Street Burger & Fries are crispy beyond compare.
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5th Street Burger & Fries

1158 West Washington Street, Tempe

There’s nothing accidental about the fries at 5th Street Burger & Fries. Owners Pasha Khosravani and Sean Silverman, who opened the counter service burger shop in the middle of the pandemic, love waffle-cut with all their round-ridged precision, but craved something crispier than Chick-fil-A’s framed fries. So they perfected the deep-fry time and found the crispy sweet spot to create a waffle with an ideal outside yet still-chewy inside, and tossed it in their secret seasoning. Traditionalists can dip in ketchup or go rogue with one of their house-made aiolis.

click to enlarge Duck fat fries from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. - ALLISON YOUNG
Duck fat fries from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
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Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

721 North Arizona Avenue, Gilbert
201 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co’s fries have a secret weapon: Duck fat! Far superior to the usual vegetable oil, duck fat adds another dimension, imparting an unctuous, rich flavor onto, and into, the hand-cut spuds. Medium in width and topped with rosemary and thyme, part of the fun is picking your two dips. Their made-from-scratch sauces are 15-strong, ranging from habanero honey mustard to chipotle ranch. For extra indulgence, upgrade to the confetti fries for a beer cheese, bacon, braised onion feast.

click to enlarge A double dip of creamy lebni and zingy hot sauce at Ingo's. - ALLISON YOUNG
A double dip of creamy lebni and zingy hot sauce at Ingo's.
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Ingo’s Tasty Food

101 East Washington Street
4502 North 40th Street

Ingo’s shattered potato chips shatter how you think fries should be shaped. Instead of your standard blocky starch sticks, these revelations are cut vertically into rounds. That means more surface are for scooping up the two sides, both made in-house. There’s lebni, a creamy Mediterranean yogurt dip spiked with lemon, and a green hot sauce with a jalapeno, garlic kick. No shame in double dipping for the perfect salt-fat-acid-heat bite of potato bliss.

click to enlarge Zinc Bistro's shoestring frites are bougie! - ALLISON YOUNG
Zinc Bistro's shoestring frites are bougie!
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Zinc Bistro

15034 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Zinc’s house frites know how to make an entrance. Served in a stainless steel cylinder lined with paper, the fries arrive loud and proud, like they’re giving themselves a standing ovation – and rightfully so. The hand-cut shoestrings are slim, but not too slim, tossed with smoked paprika and herbs, and served with a side of creamy paprika aioli that perfectly plays off their crispy finish. Or, go for the even fancier truffle parmesan fries for extra decadence. Either way, pair them with the perfect boozy pairing: Champagne, duh!

click to enlarge So much Cajun seasoning on Monroe's crinkle-cut fries. - ALLISON YOUNG
So much Cajun seasoning on Monroe's crinkle-cut fries.
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Monroe’s Hot Chicken

45 West Jefferson Street
430 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe

Move over Shake Shack, there’s a superior crinkle-cut fries game in town. Monroe’s not only serves up monster chicken sandwiches, they deliver on fries – a whole box full, ribbed for your pleasure, for only $3.50 (score!). Crisped to perfection in peanut oil with a hefty shake of Cajun seasoning that sticks to all the creviced edges, they don’t need to be dipped (full stop), but heat seekers can kick it up with a side of their kick-it-up sauce for 50 cents.

click to enlarge Nothing soggy about these sweet potatoe fries from Seed Shack. - ALLISON YOUNG
Nothing soggy about these sweet potatoe fries from Seed Shack.
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Seed Shack

3861 East Baseline Road, Gilbert

Sweet potato fries can get soggy fast. Not so at Seed Shack, a vegan eatery in Gilbert that gets them just right. Impossibly long and delightfully crispy, these spuds come out with a glorious golden exterior. Points for seasoning too: They’re finished with a dusting of kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. By all means pair them with the house-made black bean burger for vegan comfort in a box.
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Allison Young has written about food, nutrition, and travel for Sunset, Women’s Health, Oxygen, Clean Eating, Mindbodygreen, and Prevention. Her local jam is food writing, where she happily eats her way across the Valley to discover the best hidden gems, hole-in-the-walls, pizza joints, and the latest Phoenix food trends. She also loves to pick Valley chef’s brains for their favorite food finds. On her website, TheGlitterList.com, she posts one thing she’s looking forward to each day, from food to books and podcasts.
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