Not everyone has had the pleasure of tucking in to a bowl of bouillabaisse or a garlicky plate of escargots… but one French dish is familiar to palates the world over – French fries, or frites as they’re known in France.

But not all fries are equal and every year the website Les-friteries.com reveals its ranking of the best friteries in France as voted for by its readers.

The top three for 2021 can all be found in the north of the country, in Hauts-de-France. First place went to La frite à dorer (59 rue Obert) in Wambrechies, just to the north of Lille – it was voted for by more than 1,800 people, who gave it almost five out of five stars. Friterie hersinoise (1 place de la liberté, Hersin-Coupigny) took second place, while Chic Frite (6 rue Jean Jaurès, Dunkerque) came in third, particularly impressive since it only set up shop in 2019.

Top three friteries

Out of the 15 best friteries in 2021, only two are from outside Hauts-de-France –  Friterie chez Mel, in Langres, in the Grand-Est, which came fourth, and A L Bonne Frite, in Ruoms, in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which was ranked in 13th place.

Make your own frites…

  • Cut your fries 1/3in in diameter.
  • Heat lard to approx 300F and cook for six or seven minutes.
  • Drain and rest for 20 minutes.
  • Fry a second time, in vegetable oil this time, for about six minutes at 350F.
  • Drain and serve, sprinkled with salt.

Note: Do not leave hot fat unattended.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Surely it’s clear that proximity to Belgium is important. It may be sacrilegious to say so, but
    Belgian frites RULE. Frying at home? Definitely use lard McDonald’s fries–back when they\
    DESERVED to be famous–were fried in beef tallow.

    • Lard makes wonderful chips or frites…without the beefy taste……….
      in fact you can cook most things in lard rather than yucky vegetable oil….

  2. In the Netherlands, frites, are almost sacrosanct. The most popular version is “patat met”, which is fries served in a paper cone shaped bag with a good dollop of tangy mayonaise. So its probably fair to say that for really good frites go to either Belgium or the Netherlands..

  3. I’ve heard the BEST Frites are fried in Goose fat. So next Christmas, save a jar of the fat that pours off a roasting goose & use it to make frites that are delicious

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