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. The Firehall

I was soooooo full but these fresh-cut fries were soooooo good I just had to finish them off. Catch Hospitality Group (which owns a slew of the best restos in Oakville, including this one) can do no wrong. Whether you get your fries with a burger, beer-battered haddock, the best wings in town, or a la carte, you won't be disappointed. They also offer a few poutine options, such as Classic, Chili Cheese, and Butter Chicken. Get yourself down to Bronte Harbour and order a variation of fries already.

2. 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.

1. 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 the best fries in Oakville!

Honourable mention: The Niblick

This laid-back pub offers a variety of traditional fare, but the fries are truly superb. (The place is known for its Niblick Nachos ... add this meal to your must-try list). Delicious fresh cut chips accompany crispy beer-battered flaky white halibut. Or just order the fries separately. Pair’em with a gin and tonic, and you're set for the night. Service is awesome.

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