Fries, chips, spuds, jacket potatoes, and crinkle cuts, whatever you like to call them–They’re delicious. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a loaded bowl of cheese-topped goodness, every day is fry-day. As impossible as it seems to narrow it down, here is a bunch of our spudtastic favourites.
Double Dutch Fries
Authentic Dutch fries to get your eyes bulging and your mouth salivating for the next bite. Topped with creamy Dutch mayo, tangy satay sauce, and finely chopped onion, these hand-cut spuds are as genuine as they come. The Double Dutch crew started out as a food truck but now have also established a place on the streets of Takapuna, so you can get your fix while you’re cruising around the shops on the shore. Their menu also includes krokets, poffertjes, and other Dutch delicacies if your fries get lonely.
Real eyes realise real fries. Poutine may be the soggy cousin of the crispy spud, but only because it’s drenched with a whole lot of great toppings. The Canadian dish includes an abundance of gravy and cheese curds to top your fries. Grab a group of friends and make a night of it as you sit under the sparkle of the Sky Tower on Federal Street. Thoroughly consider making your poutine a large–Once you start chowing down you’ll see why. These babies are addictive and will have your friends stealing one, or five while you’re enjoying watching Fed Deli's open kitchen hard at work. P.S Add on pastrami if you dare.
Better Burger is well-respected for keeping the good stuff simple, but we won’t complain about their new menu addition–Epic fries. Their hand-cut fries can be loaded to include toppings of cheese, grilled onions, mustard, and special sauce you won’t want to miss a drop of. With locations conveniently scattered around Auckland’s CBD, Britomart, and Mount Eden, spontaneous cravings can always be satisfied.
Simon & Lee
Pop on over to the humble streets of Parnell and roll up your sleeves to dig into some serious spuds. With outdoor seating and a unique modern Korean menu, this is a destination to enjoy for your much-needed lunch break. At Simon & Lee, you can’t look past the waffle fries with kimchi, mozzarella and spring onion. The generous portion size means you can split the crispy goodness with a friend and try a few more Korean fusion dishes on their menu...If you have enough restraint to share.
The Kimchi Project
Looking to have a night out but also satisfy your chip cravings? The Kimchi Project on Lorne Street is the perfect spot for a date or overdue catch-up. With a courtyard oasis tucked away at the back, the Kimchi loaded potato waffle fries comes in at a tie with the location and decor of the space. As per the name, you can’t look past the outstanding Korean fermented cabbage creatively integrated into most of the dishes –And it doesn’t stop with the fries. The waffle fries come loaded with kimchi, sour cream, sriracha yoghurt, and sprinkled with crispy shallots. Yes, please.
Swing round to Orakei Bay Village and take a window seat at Ampersand. This tranquil and slick eatery speaks a classy coffee date with a side of fries. Order the shoestring fries with truffle oil and parmesan and you’ll be wishing the bowl was bottomless. Moreish food and a stunning location, all you need is the company to enjoy it with. We’ll leave that one up to you.
Lord of the Fries
Picky about fries? Don’t quite know what you’re craving? At Lord of the Fries choose between a whole menu including classic, chunky, shoestring, or sweet potato. And if you’re feeling like a little something extra, their “HSP” fries topped with vegetarian beef strips, cheese, sriracha, garlic hummus, and BBQ sauce are the way to go. There is no doubt that Lord of the Fries is your vegan one-stop-shop. With locations all over Auckland, we must say K Road is a central and favoured go-to for a late-night fix–Open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.