For some people, it’s the burger that sets the fast food joint apart from. Some enjoy having it their way, while for others nothing beats that special sauce smothered between a sesame seed bun. But for some of us, a good burger is a dime a dozen. For us, the appeal is in the French fry. How it’s cut, how it’s fried and how it’s seasoned and served is what makes or breaks us when choosing where to pig out at.
We did our own research and compared fries at three major fast food chains to determine who is making the crème de la crème in fries, and why.
The Guinea Pig Restaurants
We picked the big three for our fried potato comparison – McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s. To make it fair, each order was placed at the precise same time, so that our review could not be biased based on length of time left sitting in the sack. We then all met at a central location, so that each fry had been out of the deep fryer for the exact same time.
The Fry Criteria
We reviewed our fries based on four different categories, crispiness, size, flavor and seasoning and here is how each fared:
McDonalds – For most, McDonalds is the French fry that others are instantly compared to, and after our review, we know why. They must teach deep fry mastery in their employee training class, because with very few exception, each French fry was a perfect golden brown, and crisp. The seasoning is exact, and perfectly enhances the flavor of the potato. If you have your own deep fryer at home, there are a few sites online that offer tips on how to make your own version of these fries on your own kitchen counter. Just be certain that the oil inside of the deep fryer is hot before dropping the potatoes.
Wendy’s – Where McDonalds wows, Wendy’s wanes. The potatoes are of varying size, making it impossible to get a uniform flavor. The seasoning is bland at best, making it impossible to enjoy them alone. This was a big disappointment in the French fry review, as these were also the most expensive.
Burger King – Surprisingly, Burger King’s revamp of the French fry made them a fierce competitor versus Mickey D’s. They have done something to the coating, which lets them stay hotter and crisper for longer. They are bigger, making it difficult to stuff them by the handful, which may be a good thing since you savor the flavor longer. Overall, these were a tie with McDonalds, but a completely different experience.
Value for the money definitely went to BK, but at the end of the day with the exception of Wendy’s, it really came down to personal preference. Both of the big chains have done wonders with a simple vegetable, some creative seasoning and a deep fryer.