Miami's Ten Most Unusual French Fries

Fries gone wild.
Fries gone wild.
Carina Ost

The term "French fries" may refer to elongated pieces of fried potatoes, but it can mean so much more. You can have them straight, curly, fat, thin, sweet, garlicky or crinkle cut. Although the options don't end there.

This is Miami, we like our papas accessorized, blinged out. We have them fried in duck fat, served extra spicy, replaced with veggies and even topped with hunks of meat.

Grab some ketchup as we attempt to make every day fry day with our list of fries gone wild.

There's steak under there.
There's steak under there.
Carina Ost

10. Papas at Rio Cristal

Any ole restaurant can serve you a dish with a side of fries, but Rio Cristal tops them all. If you get any entree with fries, they will place them right on top. They will smother your meat or sandwich and act as insulation. Burger Beast gave us the heads up on these papas. While Blue Collar may have won his coveted Burgie for best fries; for nontraditional spuds, this is his pick. It may look like too many golden sticks, but once you start, you can't stop. Hide-and-seek is for children, hide-the-steak is for adults. Go crazy!

A healthier fry.
A healthier fry.
Courtesy of Cecconi's

9. Zucchini fritti at Cecconi's Miami Beach

From portobello fries to fried pickles, many veggies have attempted to replace the almighty potato. Most have failed. Although, for some reason, the zucchini fries ($8) at Cecconi's just work. Maybe it's the beach setting that make you want to choose healthier options while still being slightly bad with that light crunch. Regardless, once you get your hands one of these sticks you will be dying to dip it in the creamy aioli that accompanies it.

Edible Jenga.
Edible Jenga.
Carina Ost

8. Polenta fries at Harry's Pizzeria

Creamy polenta takes the place of potato in these thick rectangular fries ($7). They have a crispy exterior and velvety smooth center. They also come stacked like Jenga for a fun table game while you decide on what kind of pizza you want.

Tots with class.
Tots with class.
Courtesy of Haven

7. Tater tots at Haven

Leave it to chef Todd Erickson to make tater tots a classy dish. His version ($9) features Maytag blue cheese, chives and a homemade balsamic ketchup. After seeing what he can do with tots, we are hoping he starts serving tachos (tater tot nachos) at Huahua's Taqueria. Miami needs them.

Duck fat fries.
Duck fat fries.
Carina Ost

6. Trio of duck fat fries at Bourbon Steak

When a single or double won't cut it, head to Bourbon Steak for Michael Mina's signature trio of duck fat fries. They are available at the bar for just $5. They feature Spanish paprika on one, another has garlic, parsley and rosemary, and lastly truffle fries. The trio is then served with a truffle aioli, barbecue sauce and an onion ketchup. The best part is you're the boss with the sauce so dip in whatever pool you desire. Mix and match, because you gotta dip your stick in a variety of sauce to know what you like.


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