Want Fries with That?
Slinging the perfect fast-food fry requires a surprising amount of finesse. We asked French-trained chef Peter Ungár, owner of Tasting Counter in Somerville, to rank four versions in a blind taste test.
Oozing melted cheese, the crunch of a fresh pickle, and perfectly charred patties inside a house-made roll—read on for more reasons the burger is king right now, and don’t forget to try every place on our list of the best burgers around Boston.
1. FIVE GUYS
As golden-brown as a Thanksgiving turkey, these spuds’ irregular shapes hint at their hand-cut bona fides. Bonus points for peels left on. “It adds texture and flavor,” Ungár says.
The clear frontrunner. “They taste the best, and they definitely seem less processed than the others.”
2. TASTY BURGER
Tasty Burger’s fries will satisfy a latenight craving. But you might want to grab the salt shaker: Sometimes they can be a “bit bland.”
“A distant second place,” the chef says.
Plus one for a plush texture; minus one for an oily aftertaste. They’re “almost concession-stand-like,” Ungár says.
Middle of the pack. “These taste like they’re coming out of a bag, but look appealing.”
The Golden Arches came in last in Ungár’s blind sampling. Tasting notes? Limp and “pretty bland.”
“They’d be my last choice, but they’re ubiquitous and cheap,” the chef says.
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