Food etymology aside, the French fry is one of America's greats, and Michigan will prove no slouch here. Potatoes actually count for more than $1 billion worth of economic impact to Michigan, so settle in for some of the greatest in potato as we check out Michigan's top eateries serving up the best French fries around!
Ann Arbor’s Aventura is an interesting place to start looking for great French fries and there’s one menu item that sets them apart from the rest: the patatas bravas. Patatas bravas takes the potato wedge fry and fries it fully three times. Then they start ramping things up by adding melted cheese, honey aioli, olive oil and topping the whole thing off with a fried egg. That's a French fried wonderland right there, and the kind of thing that makes these fries worth checking out.
The Paisley Pig, a gastropub in Grand Haven, has some of the best fries the lakeshore can offer, according to word from recent MLive polling. In fact, the pub fries at the Paisley Pig are sufficiently high-end that they're a featured item on the menu. When a place can make its French fries a feature, well, you know you're in for quite a time. Naturally, that's not all the Paisley Pig has to offer, but it's going to be more than enough for our needs!
One of Marquette's recent openings, the Delft Bistro is actually part of a historic movie theater that was recently remodeled. Better yet, the Delft Bistro uses this location to supplement its offerings by showing movies after 4 p.m., and offering up unlimited fries from 4-6 p.m. every day, so your first movie of the day—and potentially part of your second—will come with all the French fries you can ask for. These Kennebec fries, house cut and served with aioli, will deliver quite a punch, with or without free movies.
Hillsdale's Here's to You Pub and Grub delivers French fries just right. These thick-cut wonders served in a small steel bucket feature an array of dips, including ketchup, mayonnaise, and even malt vinegar, a real improvement for most any potato dish.
With four different varieties—including crisp fried, salt and peppered, loaded, or even Buffalo-style—these fries will deliver a nice variety that most anyone can get behind. The crisp fried version is especially noteworthy thanks to reports that Soggy Bottom turns to peanut oil for a distinct taste that many enjoy.
One of Saginaw's better choices for fries, Bradley's likes to point out that its menu changes fairly often, so those wanting to get in on some top-notch fries will want to do so while possible. Hand-cut and served with both truffled sea salt and a garlic parmesan aioli, the end result is a unique, distinctive French fry offering in a market where French fries are often just cut potatoes dipped in boiling oil of some kind.