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If you ask Minnesotans about their home state, most will tell you it’s an entirely different world up there. The weather makes the landscape look like Planet Hoth from Empire Strikes Back for most of the year, the food is unidentifiable to most out-of-state folks, the accents are hilariously Mid-Western, and to top it all off, there’s a whole host of terms that Minnesotans (and in some cases, its neighboring states’ inhabitants too) use on a regular basis that might as well be part of a different language altogether.

That being said, there’s a lot to like up there (or “up north,” as Minnesotans are known to say). The food is delicious, the sports scene is packed with diehards (“Skol Vikings!”), and the great outdoors offer tons of activities year around — even though you’ll have to bundle up substantially in order to enjoy most things.

As we examine the local terminology, you can consider this article your Minnesotan-to-English dictionary, book a flight to the Twin City area, and start experiencing everything The Land of 1,000 Lakes has to offer.

Booyah

To the rest of the country, “booyah” (or “booya”) is usually what you yell when showing someone up. To Minnesotans, it’s a stew containing corn, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, lima beans, a variety of meats, oxtail, and/or basically anything else the chef (or chefs) prefer, and is prepared in a 30-100 gallon vat. Booyah is highly regarded in Minnesota, with the World Championship Booya Cookoff taking place every fall in St. Paul for the last 33 years.

Bubbler

Although this alternative term for a drinking fountain originated, and is extremely popular, in Wisconsin, it bubbled over into neighboring Minnesota, where about one-third of locals use the term, and most at least recognize it. Apparently parts of New England and Australia also say “bubbler,” making it one of the oddest distributions of terminology that we’ve ever seen.

Duck, Duck, Gray Duck

Remember playing Duck, Duck, Goose as a child? Sure you do. Almost everyone does. And almost everyone calls it the exact same thing. Except, of course, for Minnesotans, who call the game “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck.” The gameplay is almost exactly the same (sometimes different colored ducks are named instead of just “duck”), but at the end, the person who is selected as “it” is labeled as a gray duck instead of a goose. Why? No idea. Maybe Minnesotans just like making them say the extra syllable.

(Note: We realize this game isn’t food related, but you can eat ducks and geese. Plus, this one was too good to pass up.)

Hot Dish

What is known as casserole to the rest of the country is called “hot dish” in Minnesota. This meal is immensely popular in Minnesota, thanks in part to the often frigid weather. The exact ingredients can be tinkered with, but beef, green beans, corn, and a can of cream of mushroom soup make for a solid, standard base. Then comes the important part: topping the dish with cheese, and more often than not, tater tots.

Click here for 10 things you might not know about tater tots.

Jeet?

As a New Yorker, “Jeet” is only used as a nickname for the greatest shortstop of all time, Derek Jeter. In Minnesota, it’s an unintentional slang term that combines the question “Did you eat?” into one word. As in, “Jeet this morning?”

Meat Raffle

I know both of these words, but seeing them together? Baffling. Yet a “meat raffle” is exactly what it sounds like: You buy a ticket (or multiple tickets), and when your number gets called, you better start planning a big dinner, because there’s a lot of meat coming your way. These events often occur as part of a fundraising event, so don’t judge — it’s usually for a good cause!

Pop

Despite having traveled through most of the United States, I still haven’t managed to nail down which states use which terms for that sweet, carbonated beverage made famous by Pepsi, Coke, and other brands. Although “soda” is generally considered the standard, Minnesota is located squarely in the middle of “pop” country. If you don’t want to sounds like an outsider (although your lack of accent is a dead giveaway), remember this the next time you’re ordering drinks. Although the term may seem odd to some, at least it’s not nearly as ridiculous as parts of the South that use “Coke” for all types of soda. (I lived in South Carolina for five years — go Gamecocks! — so I’m allowed to make fun.)

Should you drink pop? Here are 10 reasons not to.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


The very best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota

French fries are always a great snack, whether you’re drinking or not. But definitely when drinking. This is a contentious issue, as everyone has their favorites, be it with skin on or off, crinkle or straight up, greasy, salty, with or without ketchup… but after months of extensive research (and a ballooning belly because of it) these are the fries that have made the cut.

Criteria? Consistency, of course. You don’t want to get the best fries one day and then come back and have them soggy and under-salted the next. They can’t be dripping wet with grease, but they still need an undeniable finger-licking goodness. They need to be just the right amount of crispy, but never burnt. They need to be the kind of fries that you just can’t stop eating that you’ll place an order of to share and then place another just for yourself.

The best fries in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. The Nook
A classic St. Paul dive has the perfect fries to accompany their amazing and award-winning burgers. The sister restaurant, Shamrock’s, has the same recipes, so there are two St. Paul restaurants where you can go to enjoy them. They are big and beautiful and you won’t be able to stop until every last fry is finished. Maybe go bowling downstairs and snack between strikes?

The Nook | 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 | (651) 698-4347

9. The Bulldog
It’s hard to choose between the fries and the tater tots at the Bulldog Lowertown. But tots are just squat, fat fries anyway, right? Try them both. Both the fries and tots come seven different ways, including a Cajun-style that just might be the best. But might as well try a different style each time when you’re feeling the munchies, as you’re sure to never be disappointed. Pro tip: They’re available till 1am every night of the week.

The Bulldog | 237 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 221-0750

8. Tin Cup’s
This is a North End institution that knows its fried food. These fries are old-school crispy goodness, and when you want fries, you don’t need anything more than that. Your only regret might be discovering your willpower isn’t what you thought it was when you find the basket empty. They also offer sweet potato fries, an equally-satisfying option. The neighborhood boasts a lot of old-school eateries, but for fries, this is the place you want.

Tin Cup’s | 1220 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 487-7967

7. Moscow on the Hill
The Moscow Fries are not traditional fries. They’re something of a cross between fries and potato chips more like mini potato wedges than long and stringy. But the shape doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re salty and savory, that they’re a little crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle, and that they’re covered in a generous amount of dill seasoning. It’s a portion big enough to share, or not, and the perfect complement to a night sipping vodka. Ypa!

6. Ward 6
Awesome in poutine, with Fish & Chips, or just side by side with a burger, the fries at Ward 6 embody exactly what makes this East Side bar so incredible: quality, simple, delicious ingredients that make for a memorable meal. There’s really nothing better than a salty snack when drinking beer, but if you’re a fan of dipping with dessert, the fries dunked into one of Ward 6’s adult milkshakes is, in a word, heaven.

Ward 6 | 858 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130 | (651) 348-8181

5. The St. Paul Grill
At a place like the Saint Paul Grill, with its impeccable standards of service and product, it might seem like fries would get lost in the flow of filet mignon and martini glasses. Not the case. And you don’t even have to call them “frites” or wear a top hat to try them. The fries are a wonderful addition to any plate at St. Paul’s most decadent restaurant, or just have them on their own. The hand-cut Idaho fries are crispy and thin, but still hearty, well-seasoned bites that you don’t have to be a kid to love.

The St. Paul Grill | 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 224-7455

4. Public Kitchen + Bar
The new menu was a needed change at this restaurant in Lowertown, and they’re wasting no time making their mark on the neighborhood food scene. These fries are consistently some of the very best like fried mashed potato sticks in the best way possible: perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. And they won’t leave you feeling greasy or overstuffed when you realize you need a second order.

Public Kitchen + Bar | 229 E 6th St, St Paul, MN 55101 | (651) 348-6456

This enormous plate of fries is meant to be shared, but you certainly don’t have to. These fries are cut thick and are nice and salty, without losing its wholesome potato soul. They are the crispy, still crackling fries that every child, and adult, dreams of. With a trio of sauces offered on the side, they’re a great quick bite, appetizer, or supplementary plate to any of Red Cow’s beloved burgers.

Red Cow | 393 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 789-0545

2. Meritage
Thin, crispy and savory delicious. These are the fries you could eat a whole order of and not even realize it, and then want (need) more. They’re a great addition to any cocktail light enough to save room for dinner but still satisfying if you’re just looking for a quick snack. The béarnaise sauce that comes with them might be the very best you’ll find outside of Paris, and it adds a gourmet touch that knocks ketchup off its pedestal. For a while, anyway.

Meritage | 410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 222-5670

1. Amsterdam Bar and Hall

While Meritage was snapping at the heels of this downtown nightclub, Amsterdam’s skin-on, crispy, savory, covered-in-raw-onions French fry goodness takes the cake. They’re exactly what you want when you’re a little drunk and rocking out to live music at 1am, or still sober during happy hour, or just looking for a nice side with lunch. And then you add the sauces, like curry ketchup, garlic mayo, peanut satay, honey sambaal… so many choices that only enhance the experience and make your drunken mouth smile. Pro tip: They’re available until bar close.


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