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15 Favorite French Fries in Metro Detroit

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Simple and delicious, the modern french fry has transcended its side dish status, standing on its own with fearless flavor and topping combinations. Seasoned or topped with options like cheese, gravy and truffles, there’s seemingly endless ways to spruce up the deep fried spud. Cuts are just as important as toppings, with some preferring shoestring to steak cut, or perhaps the more exotic curly or waffle shapes.

No matter your preference, one of these 15 Detroit eateries will surely have frites to fit.

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Note: Restaurants are listed geographically. The numbers are not rankings. Eater Detroit's radius includes the Metro Detroit area and occasionally stretches into Southeast Michigan although our main focus is Detroit proper.

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1. Republica

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1999 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 268-3175
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This Berkley restaurant puts a fresh and delicious twist on their fries with the Plato’s Potatoes. The star small plate is made with hand-cut fries, tossed with lemon juice, feta and oregano, one of many vegan and gluten-free options on the menu.

2. Seva

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66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6661
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Don’t call ‘em sweet potatoes. These atypical fries are served up with slightly spicy mayo or vegan barbecue dipping sauce. Stop in during happy hour and enjoy them cheap with half-off appetizers and drinks Monday through Friday.

3. HopCat

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4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 769-8828
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Crack fries. Although these battered babies cause quite the ruckus when the gastropub opened in late 2014, these dangerous delicious seasoned fries are a staple on Hop Cat’s menu. The beer battered fries topped with a secret seasoning blend have been were named on Food Network Magazine’s list of ”America's 10 Best French Fries.”

4. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

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441 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 262-6115
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The truffle fries at Jolly Pumpkin are almost as good as their sour brews. The deliciously funky (and vegan) fries are served up with a rosemary aioli for dipping.

5. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3215
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While also available in regular and cajun, the fan-favorite fries at this Detroit food truck are made with garlic and cilantro and served with roasted jalapeno ketchup. Follow their social media accounts to find out where they’ll be parked next.

6. Green Dot Stables

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2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 965-1523
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The menu of cheap eats at this Detroit staple includes a variety of shoestring french fries with flavored with options like herb and truffles, or classic poutine. The venison chili-cheese fries are a hearty fan favorite, well worth the $3.

7. The Huron Room

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2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 265-3325
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Simple fries accompanying fried fish soon won’t be the only potato on this Corktown cafe’s menu. Recently they gave a sneak peek at their newest menu item, the chowder fries, topped with, you guessed it, thick chowder and fresh herbs. Keep an eye out for it on menus soon.

8. Slows Bar-B-Q

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2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
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While it’s no surprise the barbeque steals the show, waffle fries from Slow’s are a side dish staple almost as essential as the mac n’ cheese. Skip the ketchup — the signature spicy sauce is a match made in heaven.

9. Mercury Burger & Bar

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2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 924-5000
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Made with their fresh, shoestring, hand cut fries, Mercury’s poutine is perfection. This French-Canadian favorite is served up with the traditional brown gravy and squeaky cheese curds. The $6 size-to-share is well worth the money.

10. The Brooklyn Street Local

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1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-6547
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This downtown cafe doesn’t just feature poutine, it features four regular varieties of the gravy-soaked goodness available in sizes for one or to share. Vegan poutine, topped with mushroom gravy and Daiya vegan cheese or the breakfast poutine, topped with a fried egg and a choice of gravy and toppings offer a unique take on the Canadian classic.

11. Rusted Crow Detroit

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76 W Adams Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

The newest location of the metro Detroit micro distillery is serving up seriously delicious shoestring french fries in the only receptacle reasonable for the amount you’ll consume: a bucket. Like the rest of the gastropubs fare, the fries as simple but well done, sure to become a side dish staple.

12. Lafayette Coney Island

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118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198
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The motto: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies well to french fries. Like their legendary coneys, Lafayette serves up fries in the traditional sense. Pair ‘em with ketchup, or maybe some chili. It’s hard to go wrong with good, crispy and salty fries.

13. Dime Store

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719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9106
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Made with shaved steak, bulgogi, sriracha mayo, and pickled veggies, this Korean-themed fries are a far-cry from their American counterparts. Other gourmet fry options include spuds topped with bacon lardons, parmesan and truffles. A definite step above the average.

14. Sweetwater Tavern

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400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2210
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While known for their chicken wings, it’s no surprise Sweetwater knows how to fry a potato. Their seasoned french fries, served up in decorative frying baskets, are thick cut and delicious. A perfect pairing for their gastropub fare.

15. Bucharest Grill

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2684 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 965-3111
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Curly fries from Bucharest are almost as notorious as their shwarma. Seasoned and salty, they’re a favorite late night eat.

1. Republica

1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072

This Berkley restaurant puts a fresh and delicious twist on their fries with the Plato’s Potatoes. The star small plate is made with hand-cut fries, tossed with lemon juice, feta and oregano, one of many vegan and gluten-free options on the menu.

1999 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI 48072

2. Seva

66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Don’t call ‘em sweet potatoes. These atypical fries are served up with slightly spicy mayo or vegan barbecue dipping sauce. Stop in during happy hour and enjoy them cheap with half-off appetizers and drinks Monday through Friday.

66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

3. HopCat

4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Crack fries. Although these battered babies cause quite the ruckus when the gastropub opened in late 2014, these dangerous delicious seasoned fries are a staple on Hop Cat’s menu. The beer battered fries topped with a secret seasoning blend have been were named on Food Network Magazine’s list of ”America's 10 Best French Fries.”

4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201

The truffle fries at Jolly Pumpkin are almost as good as their sour brews. The deliciously funky (and vegan) fries are served up with a rosemary aioli for dipping.

441 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

While also available in regular and cajun, the fan-favorite fries at this Detroit food truck are made with garlic and cilantro and served with roasted jalapeno ketchup. Follow their social media accounts to find out where they’ll be parked next.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

6. Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216

The menu of cheap eats at this Detroit staple includes a variety of shoestring french fries with flavored with options like herb and truffles, or classic poutine. The venison chili-cheese fries are a hearty fan favorite, well worth the $3.

2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216

7. The Huron Room

2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

Simple fries accompanying fried fish soon won’t be the only potato on this Corktown cafe’s menu. Recently they gave a sneak peek at their newest menu item, the chowder fries, topped with, you guessed it, thick chowder and fresh herbs. Keep an eye out for it on menus soon.

2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

8. Slows Bar-B-Q

2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

While it’s no surprise the barbeque steals the show, waffle fries from Slow’s are a side dish staple almost as essential as the mac n’ cheese. Skip the ketchup — the signature spicy sauce is a match made in heaven.

2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Mercury Burger & Bar

2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Made with their fresh, shoestring, hand cut fries, Mercury’s poutine is perfection. This French-Canadian favorite is served up with the traditional brown gravy and squeaky cheese curds. The $6 size-to-share is well worth the money.

2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

10. The Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

This downtown cafe doesn’t just feature poutine, it features four regular varieties of the gravy-soaked goodness available in sizes for one or to share. Vegan poutine, topped with mushroom gravy and Daiya vegan cheese or the breakfast poutine, topped with a fried egg and a choice of gravy and toppings offer a unique take on the Canadian classic.

1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Rusted Crow Detroit

76 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The newest location of the metro Detroit micro distillery is serving up seriously delicious shoestring french fries in the only receptacle reasonable for the amount you’ll consume: a bucket. Like the rest of the gastropubs fare, the fries as simple but well done, sure to become a side dish staple.

76 W Adams Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Lafayette Coney Island

118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

The motto: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies well to french fries. Like their legendary coneys, Lafayette serves up fries in the traditional sense. Pair ‘em with ketchup, or maybe some chili. It’s hard to go wrong with good, crispy and salty fries.

118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Dime Store

719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

Made with shaved steak, bulgogi, sriracha mayo, and pickled veggies, this Korean-themed fries are a far-cry from their American counterparts. Other gourmet fry options include spuds topped with bacon lardons, parmesan and truffles. A definite step above the average.

719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Sweetwater Tavern

400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226

While known for their chicken wings, it’s no surprise Sweetwater knows how to fry a potato. Their seasoned french fries, served up in decorative frying baskets, are thick cut and delicious. A perfect pairing for their gastropub fare.

400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Bucharest Grill

2684 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Curly fries from Bucharest are almost as notorious as their shwarma. Seasoned and salty, they’re a favorite late night eat.

2684 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

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