The quest for the best French fry

Americans often find themselves drawn towards the greasy, salty goodness of French fries, but there is not one restaurant that has been recognized for having the best fries. With this in mind, I embarked on a quest to find the best French fry.

I went to Burger King, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-a on a weekday after school. Each drive through had a decently long line, due to people taking late lunch breaks and students stopping for a snack after school.

When ordering at each establishment, I took note of the prices, and I noticed that Burger King had the highest price, with $1.79 and McDonald’s at the lowest with $1.29 for a fry. However, Burger King gave me the largest amount of French fries, while all of the other restaurants had substantially lower quantities for a small.

For scientific purposes, I tried each type of fry directly after receiving them, and tested them both with and without ketchup. I also judged based on how crispy they were, because in my opinion, a good fry should not be flimsy or underdone.

In terms of with ketchup, Chick-fil-a was the best. I could taste the flavor of the fry through the ketchup, as the seasoning was distinct and pleasant when paired with the condiment. The worst in this category was McDonald’s which had little to no salt, and I could only taste a slight fried flavor through the ketchup due to the extreme narrowness of the fries.

Next up was the without ketchup category, in which Burger King truly excelled. The fries were seasoned with just the right amount of salt so that I, a committed ketchup user, was content to eat them on their own. McDonald’s pulled up the rear with a barely salted fry and a lack of potato flavor.

I was very disappointed in the Chick-fil-a fries because after their performance in the without ketchup round, I thought they would be just as enjoyable without the layer of ketchup. However, I found that the Chick-fil-a fries were not as well seasoned as the Burger King fries, and they contained a strong baked potato-like flavor, which I would like if I expected a baked potato, but I was expecting French fries.

Finally, I judged all of the fries on crispiness, which Chick-fil-a did the best at. Because of the waffle shape, the fries had both crispy and softer parts, making for a great crunch and texture. Burger King was also good, but a bit inconsistent in how crispy they were due to the length of the fries. Wendy’s was the worst in this category with flimsy, chewy fries.

Overall, the winner was Burger King. It was the best fry without ketchup and the crispiness was acceptable. However, it was a close call between Chick-fil-a and Burger King. Chick-fil-a tasted amazing with ketchup, but it was the without ketchup category that took away its crown. It only tasted like potato, and not the fried, salty goodness of French fries.

My ranking was: Burger King in first, Chick-fil-a in second, Wendy’s in third with a generally balanced yet not amazing score and McDonald’s in last. Overall, French fries are awesome, and I would get fries at any of these places in the future.


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