The best places to get fries in Boise, Idaho

Yeah yeah, we’re known for our potatoes. And Napoleon Dynamite. As someone who lived in Boise, Idaho for a number of years I suppose you would expect me to know where I could get the best french fries in town.

As an avid french fry eater, you’re damn well right I do.

Boise Fry Company
111 Broadway Avenue, Suite 111
Boise, ID 83702

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A company that has garnered national acclaim for their fries, they were an easy shoo-in on this list. Their fries are made from freshly cut potatoes and then cooked in peanut oil. Boise Fry Co. serves up a selection up potatoes from the standard russet to purple, yam and sweet. Once you’ve decided on which potato, choose how you’d like them cut (regular, homestyle, shoestring, curly—I’m a shoestring type of woman). Then experiment with their glorious array of salts, seasonings, and dipping sauces. Blueberry ketchup, Thai sour cream, cinnamon and ginger salt, and rosemary garlic salt are a few options. If you’re feeling fancy, go with their Bourgeois fries, russet potatoes cooked in duck fat and sprinkled with truffle salt.

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And their burgers are no joke either, voted Boise’s best burger three years running. I’m all about the bison burger, but they have beef and vegan options too.

West-Side Drive In
1939 W State Street
Boise, ID 83702

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I used to pop by West-Side Drive In for a snack consisting of their french fries and a caramel shake. I knew a gigantic portion of piping hot, well-seasoned goodness awaited me. They would be nearly devoured before I reached home… four minutes away. Crispy on the surface, yet forgiving inside. These are best served with the cups of fry sauce provided. (FYI: fry sauce is a combination of ketchup and mayonnaise, mixed with spices.) They’ve got curly fries as well, which are good, if not a bit standard. If you’re feeling something more decadent, try their sweet potato fries with honey cinnamon butter.  Oh. Yes.

Reef
105 S 6th Street  
Boise, ID 83702

The Reef’s specialty are their fiery Voodoo fries. The voodoo fries are thickly cut, crispy, and spice encrusted. They’ve definitely got a kick but not overwhelmingly hot. However, if your mouth is burning, I suggest dipping them a cool, creamy ranch. Their spice blend is a bit of a mystery (I came up with cayenne, parsley, rosemary, and salt for starters). They’ve also got standard Yukon Gold fries, which are a bit underwhelming. They’ve also recently added sweet potato fries with smoked pepper aioli. Which are delicious, but don’t compare. It’s all about the voodoo.

Honorable mentions: Highlands Hallow Brewhouse & Smashburger

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