When most people think of French fries, they imagine a thicket of golden potatoes with a side of Heinz for dunking. However, frites don’t have to be sculpted from spuds, and ketchup isn’t the only condiment out there. Chefs are using a variety of vegetables and diverse dips to rethink their fry game. Here are 9 superlative substitutions for your standard super-size routine.
Chickpea Fries at All Set Restaurant & Bar, Silver Spring, Maryland
Chickpeas form the backbone of these ochered rods. Shredded zucchini gives them body, while roasted garlic adds a savory sensibility. There’s a pale green avocado lime ranch dressing on the side for dipping. Make a reservation at All Set Restaurant & Bar.
Risotto Fries at Proof, Washington, D.C.
Crunch into these tawny wands to uncover toothsome rice inside. Smothered in bone marrow hollandaise sauce, the carb bombs are topped with parmesan, chives, and truffle oil. Available only at brunch, they are decadence incarnate. Make a reservation at Proof.
Polenta Fries at Torali, Chicago, Illinois
Polenta, now in fry form. To make the sturdy sticks even more appealing, they are drizzled with a thick taleggio fonduta sauce. Consider them nonna’s take on cheesy fries. Make a reservation at Torali.
Portobello Fries at Echo & Rig, Las Vegas, Nevada
Wanna shroom? Just eat a few of these slender strips made with umami-rich portobello caps. If you want to take these trippy treats to the next level, try dipping them in the herb aioli. Make a reservation at Echo & Rig.
Chickpea Fries at New Heights, Washington, D.C.
These fries are healthy, right? That’s because they’re made with chickpeas, curry, and yogurt. A zingy mint-green-chili dipping sauce comes on the side. Make a reservation at New Heights.