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The Ten Best French Fries in Miami

Burgers go best with a side of fries. But news flash: French fries are also the perfect stand-alone. Extra-crisp edges, soft centers, and the impeccable balance of salty and savory easily make this food loved by all. From Wynwood to West Kendall, some local restaurants that have transformed the otherwise traditional fry formula into inventive versions of America’s favorite potato sticks. At these spots, fries aren’t the long-forgotten (yet devoted) sidekick; they're the buzzing main attraction. So eat 'em how you like — dipped in ketchup, smothered in cheese, tossed in garlic, or deep-fried in duck fat. Below are ten of the best French fries sizzling up the Magic City. All are worth every single calorie. But then again, who’s counting?
10. Yuca fries at Toro Toro
There’s no denying that Miamians love their pan-Latin cuisine. And when a craving for flavorful South and Central American fare strikes, a trip to the InterContinental’s hotel eatery is at the top of the list. Toro Toro dishes out a can’t-miss rendition of ultra-crisp yuca fries ($8), which are just the right thickness to satisfy any hankering for starches. Olive oil, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and a dusting of fresh herbs complete this beloved street-food staple.
9. Truffle fries at Wynwood Diner
Offered smack dab in the heart of Miami's art district on NW Second Avenue, Wynwood Diner’s plate of crisp potatoes is everything you love about truffle fries without the overpowering flavor. Go to fry heaven when you try these golden treats tossed in truffle oil, salt, and chopped parsley, with a final topping of rich, creamy mornay sauce. Wynwood Diner does simple American food exceptionally well, all in a retro-chic setting.
8. Trio of duck-fat fries at Bourbon Steak
At Bourbon Steak, experience a ménage à trois — one dish three ways. Leave your weaknesses and inhibitions at the door of Michael Mina's legendary restaurant and give into one of many sinful creations, the trio of duck-fat fries ($5), twice-fried in duck fat. The masterfully seasoned fries come in three styles, each with a different dipping sauce, such as spicy ketchup, smoked barbecue, and sour cream. Combine these spuds with a gorgeous bone-in rib eye, and you can't do better.
7. Parmesan waffle fries at Quality Meats
South Beach's Quality Meats is known for quite a few things: large cuts of meat, hearty dishes, decadent desserts, and an extensive wine menu. But it’s also known for the fries — particularly the Parmesan waffle fries ($11). This jazzed-up version is served hot, crisp, and highly addictive. Alan Stillman, founder of New York’s original Smith & Wollensky; son Michael Stillman of Fourth Wall Restaurants; partner-chef Craig Koketsu; and executive chef Patrick Rebholz know what they’re doing.
6. Sweet potato fries at Kush
Craft beer shines at Kush. And just like its selection of brews, everything else here is also high-quality, including the food. The sweet potato fries are no exception. Bite into gently crisp, well-seasoned morsels of golden goodness. Favorite menu items from Kush’s older sibling, Lokal, also pop up on the menu, such as mouthwatering burgers made from Sumterville grass-fed beef, a chicken-and-waffle sandwich, and alligator bites. But if all else fails, stick to the basics: beer and fries.

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Maureen Aimee Mariano is a freelance food writer for Miami New Times. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida before making her way back to the 305, the city that first fueled her insatiable appetite.