You dip your fries in...

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Tartar sauce
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Steak/BBQ sauce
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Ranch dressing
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Soy sauce
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Steve West | September 7, 2021
Saw this on Facebook... CANNOT SAY KETCHUP!

Scott Hardie | September 7, 2021
Why not ketchup? I grew up near Chicago and its well-known snobbery about ketchup on hot dogs. Is there now a thing about not putting ketchup on fries either?

I rarely dip fries, but when I do, I like to dip them in melted cheese. Steak 'n Shake's fries are immeasurably improved by dipping them in a cup of gooey melted cheese, and Taco Bell's nacho fries are specifically designed to pair well with cheese.

Also good if it's available: Honey mustard dressing. The saltiness of the fries pairs well with the sweet, tangy dressing, much like with BBQ sauce.

Scott Hardie | September 7, 2021
I have never understood dipping Wendy's fries into chocolate Frosties. I have tried several times and it just doesn't taste very good. If you like it: What's the appeal?

Samir Mehta | September 7, 2021
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Chris Lemler | September 7, 2021
I have dipped my fries in ranch dressing and may i say that was yummy

Erik Bates | September 7, 2021
When I visit Lion's Choice my preference is to dip my fries in a mixture of horseradish and Frank's red hot.

Chik-Fil-A gets mayo.

Arby's gets frosty.

What-a-burger gets the spicy ketchup.

Most of the time, though, at most fast food restaurants, it's just plain. I enjoy the unadulterated salty potatoey goodness.

To answer the question of "why no Ketchup?" -- I don't know if the question (as I have also seen it on Facebook) was meant to say that Ketchup is bad, per se. Rather just a way to spark conversation and create a debate by ruling out what would likely be the most common answer.

I've seen a similar one that says "Bacon and ______ (can't say eggs!)"

Steve West | September 7, 2021
I missed mayo as an option. Erik is correct about no ketchup. Oh! I forgot gravy.

Scott Hardie | September 7, 2021
Yeah, Hunt's is inferior to Heinz.

Most of the dipping sauces at Chick-fil-A are good with fries. I'm partial to their Chick-fil-A sauce with fries.

I can't believe I've gone this long without trying fries with mayo, despite knowing it's a thing. I need to correct that soon.

I will try ranch too, now.

I once tried the fancy poutine at Epcot's Canadian steakhouse (from the menu: "Fresh-cut French Fries, Gruyère, Beef Bourguignon Gravy, Garlic Aïoli, Truffle"), but I've never just tried regular poutine with fries, gravy, and cheese. I really should.

Thank you for the dining ideas, Steve. I needed this. :-)

Samir Mehta | September 7, 2021
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Scott Hardie | September 7, 2021
I asked Kelly what she prefers for dipping fries. She said sweet & sour sauce. That sounds pretty good too!

Now I want to make a fry board and have people over.

Erik Bates | September 7, 2021
If I leave now, I can be there by lunch tomorrow.

Samir Mehta | September 7, 2021
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Steve West | September 7, 2021
Yeah, I just drooled thinking about it and gained 5 lbs.

Scott Hardie | October 11, 2021
The Takeout suggested more fry sauces today, only one of which we previously discussed.

I couldn't remember now the scientific explanation for it, but I once read a piece by a culinary scientist who explained how different tastes complement each other in unexpected ways because of our brain chemistry, and one of those combinations that she gave as an example was French fries dusted with cinnamon powder. I can definitely imagine that being good.

Erik Bates | October 13, 2021
Believe it or not, it's a pretty good restaurant!

Scott Hardie | October 13, 2021
I would try that restaurant! If I may link to The Takeout twice in three days, that restaurant reminds me of this guy's attempt to cook everything with ranch, from donuts to geoduck to dumplings. And he swears that his chocolate cake batter made with ranch actually tasted good, so the restaurant could make a ranch-based dessert if they tried. :-)

Scott Horowitz | October 14, 2021
I would totally try that place... I am all for more original ideas in dining. My wife and I rarely go out to a chain restaurant, always trying the "Mom & Pop" place vs the other. Granted, if you go out for chain pizza in my area it's considered a cardinal sin

Erik Bates | October 14, 2021
So... sbarro?

Scott Horowitz | October 14, 2021
Lol @Erik

Steve West | October 14, 2021
I plan to open a restaurant named "I Don't Know" so every time your significant other (like Brenda) answers the question, "Where do you want to eat?" with, "I don't know", I get another customer. And poutine is on the menu.

Scott Horowitz | October 14, 2021
mmm... poutine.. they call it "Disco fries" here in NJ

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