Bastille Day may be tomorrow, but there’s another vaguely Francophilic holiday to observe today: National French Fry Day.
Though there’s a chance our favorite starchy treats hail from Belgium originally, you don’t need to travel to the continent to get your fingers a little greasy today. Here are a few ways to celebrate the humble French fry in Austin.
- For the Central Texan on the go, two fast-food burger joints stand at the fore of the mind’s eye: P. Terry’s and Whataburger. Austin-original P. Terry’s (which is pondering potential growth outside of Austin’s city limits) touts its fresh-cut fries, which are fried in 100 percent canola oil. Whataburger’s fries, on the other hand, can be dipped in that most hallowed of condiments, spicy ketchup. Find a P. Terry’s or Whataburger near you for a frugal celebration today. Other exceptional, fast-ish food options in town: Shake Shack (get cheese on top or don’t bother), Mighty Fine and Five Guys.
- For a fancier palate, scour Matthew Odam’s dining guide for pommes frites you can eat with your pinky up. We can personally vouch for the taters at Justine’s and Second Bar + Kitchen. Elsewhere in Odam’s dining picks: Hopdoddy (get ’em with queso), Hopfields, Driskill Grill (go at happy hour and save some dough) and East Side King (#beetfries).
- For the old-school Austinite, you can’t go wrong with the hometown favorites at Hyde Park Bar & Grill. If you want something a little more breakfast-y, we’ve started (and ended) our day with home fries from Kerbey Lane Cafe and Magnolia Cafe many a time. And if you were going to take in some cinema today, order up a plate at Alamo Drafthouse (again, queso or bust) or Violet Crown (their lemon aioli cures illnesses and minor injuries).
Have a favorite fry supplier that we missed? Let us know in the comments.