Top 5 Fries in Oakville

A basket of fries should replace birthday cake, I firmly believe, regardless of whether you’re celebrating at a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Oakville, a fun bar along Brant St. in Burlington, or a classic diner in Milton. (Who needs National French Fry Day when you can ring in another year with spuds?) Turning the lights down low and inserting candles into a greasy potato-filled vessel would certainly bring tears of joy to my salt-loving self. Imagine a one-year-old baby with fat cheeks dunking its large head into a bowl of fresh cut shoestring fries instead of smearing yucky, artificial icing all over the place … think about it. Although I’m clearly stating the obvious, it’s with great excitement I bring you this list of top 5 fries in Oakville.

5. Tartan Fish & Chips

This cute little family-run shop on Kerr St. (in the Planet Organic plaza) has been pleasing diners for years. No wonder it’s full when we arrive. Fries (or chips) here are cut in-house then soaked and double-fried — that’s right, DOUBLE-fried. So consider my stomach officially happy/upset! Service is great and they also offer veggie spring rolls and crispy onion rings. Check it out!

4. The Gingerman

Essentially everything on the menu at the Gingerman is fantastic, including their fries. These hand-cut Yukon gold fries are sprinkled with sea salt. They just hit the spot to the point where I could finish a massive platter of them for a solid, carb-filled, fatty meal. (Hopefully the cranky old guy who runs my gym doesn’t read this … or it will probably be death by burpee). Chase the spuds with a glass of their hand-picked wine selection if you fancy vino, or be cool like me and order a whisky sour.

3. Just Braise

This casual dining option opened on May 3, 2017, and man, are they ever crushing it with their next-level sandwich – and fries – game! The fries, cut in-house, are pretty much perfect, arriving lightly salted, crispy, and piping hot. That’s what’s up! The menu at this gourmet shop combines classic braising techniques with unconventional flavours. It offers up six sandwich options, including top sellers such as BBQ Pulled Pork, Beef + Kimchi, and Karaage (Japanese fried chicken), which are finished on the flat top. There’s also poutine, fresh cut fries, and milkshakes. Items are made fresh to order. But all you need to try is the Beef + Kimchi sandwich. Alongside the obvious ingredients, it’s got spicy bap sauce, sweet soy, and fresh scallions. Served on a French bun (that’s ridiculously delicous, one bite in!), it’s a serious flavour party in my mouth. It arrives on a cute little stainless steel serving tray. The sandwich looks and tastes spectacular. You’ll find the resto in the Fortino’s plaza at Dundas St. W. and Neyagawa Blvd. — look near the Hasty Market.

2. Palermo Pub

Once a basket of these amazing fresh-cut fries arrived the wait for a table (which wound up being a seat at the bar since it was jammed) was utterly and completely worth it. This local pub, formerly known as Jimmy Heroes, is a hotspot for regulars looking for a place to unwind after a long day. For some, it’s a destination to try the fish topped with Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar Kettle Cooked potato chips. For others, it’s a familiar place to play darts or drown one’s sorrows in a pint, followed by fries, then chased by another pint. Either way, head to Palermo and try some of the best fries in Oakville!

1. Ricarda’s

These fries arrive in a basket. They’re slender. Seasoned. I’m skeptical. Now, I’m a believer. Ricarda’s offers up everything from flatbreads (we love the Orbetello version, featuring prosciutto, figs, gorgonzola, walnuts, and brussels sprouts) to Sunday brunch, plus dinner and cocktails. There are plenty of vegetarian options, including custom salads. Carnivores will love the Lamb Burger with scamorza cheese, tomato aioli, caramelized onions, romaine, and some absolutely perfect shoestring fries. Or you can get the veggie burger with fries. Or just come for the fries. With its airy, brass-heavy interior and great service, Ricarda’s will no doubt satisfy locals who can never have enough fantastic Mediterranean eats … or those who just love them some skinny potatoes.

Honourable mention:

English Bay

This little Maple Grove joint in the Sobeys plaza offers up two fish and chips varieties which are equally on point. The fries are fantastic and so is the service … consider yourself #blessed if you’re in the southeast end and can easily pick this up on your way home.

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