Who’s got the best fries in the fast food game? It’s a hot topic that can spark endless debate. We took on the tasty task of ranking fries from popular fast food joints and ranked them in our humble opinion from worst to best. Grab your ketchup (or mayo, we don’t judge) and see where each chain stands in the ultimate fry showdown. Do you agree?

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Fried chicken pieces with fries and a biscuit served on a white plate, with a popeyes logo visible.
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Popeyes Cajun Fries come with their own twist, sprinkled with the chain’s unique Cajun seasoning. However, this special touch might not be for everyone. While the fries themselves are usually crispy and seem fresh, the seasoning can be a bit of a letdown if you’re expecting a kick. Instead of a spicy blast, it leans more towards a dry, herby taste, reminding you of sage or oregano. If you’re not a fan of those flavors, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for ketchup to cover it up.

Burger King

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Burger King promises fries that are “piping hot and perfectly salted,” but the reality can be a bit off. They do come out warm and with a decent amount of salt, but they’re often too thick and not fully cooked, leaving you feeling like you’re biting into a hot, almost raw potato. They’re meant to be thicker than your typical shoestring fries, but they definitely need more time in the fryer to cook all the way through. Stick with a flame-broiled burger, they do that pretty well.


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KFC adds a twist to their fries by tossing them in the Colonel’s famous mix of herbs and spices, stepping away from the typical salted fare. Though this seasoning brings a unique flavor, the fries themselves don’t quite hit the mark of being memorable. They’re usually served crispy and seem to be made fresh, yet they still leave you feeling something’s missing without a dip in some ketchup. Come for the fried chicken, skip the fries.


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At Sonic, you’ve got loads of options to choose from, but let’s be real: their fries don’t really stand out. They’re just basic fries that, for some reason, never seem to be fresh. It’s a good idea to skip them and go for something else on the menu, like the onion rings or tater tots, which are way better.

Shake Shack

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Shake Shack takes a beloved classic, the crinkle-cut fry, and adds its own twist by beefing up the thickness. These fries usually hit the spot, especially when teamed up with a Shack Burger. Yet, they occasionally fall into the trap of being under-seasoned or a tad too crunchy for comfort. Nobody’s looking for a fry that’s a challenge to bite into. Despite these minor missteps, Shake Shack redeems itself by serving up the option to drench your fries in cheese, and that’s never a bad decision.

Arby’s Curly Fries

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Curly fries are a rare find on most menus, possibly because they just can’t compete with Arby’s signature offering. Arby’s curly fries are in a league of their own – perfectly seasoned, delightfully crispy, and strangely enough, still delicious on the rare occasion they’re a bit limp. The thrill of discovering an ideally coiled fry in your order is unmatched. It’s this consistent satisfaction that easily places Arby’s curly fries among the top contenders in any fry ranking.

Five Guys

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Five Guys fries stand out in the fast-food world, not just for their taste but also for their generous servings. Cooked in peanut oil, these hand-cut fries have a unique, irresistible flavor and a perfectly crispy exterior with a soft, fluffy inside. They’re served in overflowing cups that ensure you have more than enough to satisfy your craving, often with extra fries spilling into the bag. Add some malt vinegar to them and it’s a true boardwalk experience.


Fast food meal with waffle fries and drinks on a tray from chick-fil-a.
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Chick-fil-A rolls with waffle fries, a rare find in fast food. These fries are good: they’re crispy outside, soft inside, and the waffle shape means you get a nice crunch every time. The downside? They’re a bit big and awkward for dipping, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. Just make sure to have some CFA sauce nearby.


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McDonald’s fries easily make it near the top of any fast food list. Known for their thin, crispy texture, these fries are a crowd-pleaser, especially when they’re fresh out of the fryer. They’re a classic side that pairs perfectly with anything on the menu, especially a Big Mac. Against such a well-known main dish, McDonald’s fries still manage to stand out, proving why they’re so iconic.


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Putting Wendy’s fries at the top might raise some eyebrows, especially over McDonald’s, but it’s not just about who’s more popular. Wendy’s nails it with their natural-cut fries that are always served fresh and with the right amount of salt. They’ve mastered the balance between crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re just right in thickness, making them pretty much the ideal fry. Sure, they’re great with ketchup, but the real secret is dipping them in a chocolate Frosty.

The Best Fast Food Sides That Go Beyond Fries

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Let’s face it, when we think fast food, it’s the burgers and fries that usually steal the show. But what about the unsung heroes of the menu, those side dishes that can turn a quick meal into something special? From the crispy, golden perfection of onion rings to the fluffy, buttery bliss of biscuits, there’s a whole world of flavor waiting to be explored. We’re diving into some of the most delicious and underrated fast food sides out there.

See Them Here: The Best Fast Food Sides That Go Beyond Fries

7 Reasons We Never Order Off The Kids Menu

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Heading out to eat is always a highlight, but when it comes to the kids’ menu, we tend to look the other way. Sure, the crayons and quirky cups are a hit, but the menu itself? Not so much. It feels like a missed opportunity to dive into the real joys of dining out: sampling new dishes, enjoying a meal as a family, and yes, temporarily forgetting the chaos of mealtime at home. Instead of settling for the usual kid fare, we opt for sharing bits of our own meals with the kiddos, just like we do at home. Here’s why sticking to this approach makes every meal out a little more special.

See Them Here: 7 Reasons We Never Order Off The Kids Menu

11 Ice Cream Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist, But Do

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Ice cream is usually a no-brainer treat, the kind of thing you reach for when you want something cold, sweet, and comforting. But wander off the beaten path of vanilla and chocolate, and you’ll find a world of flavors that are anything but ordinary. Some of them are bold experiments, while others feel like they were made on a dare. We’ve scooped together a list of 11 ice cream flavors that, despite their best intentions, might have been better off left as fleeting thoughts rather than becoming a reality.

See Them Here: 11 Ice Cream Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist, But Do

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