February 16, 2018

Here's Where to Find the Best French Fries in Cleveland

Who doesn't love a good french fry? Well, these 20 Northeast Ohio places go above and beyond when it comes to making the American classic. Whether you like a standard thick-cut steak fry, or prefer all the add-ons like cheese, bacon and chili, there's something for everyone on this list.

Who doesn't love a good french fry? Well, these Northeast Ohio places go above and beyond when it comes to making the American classic. Whether you like a standard thick-cut steak fry, or prefer all the add-ons like cheese, bacon and chili, there's something for everyone on this list.

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 Sasa
13120 Shaker Square., Cleveland
A sushi/tapas restaurant may not be expected to have some of the best fries in town, but indeed this Shaker Square spot has some of the most popular ones in town. These fried potatoes come with a wonton wrapper and seaweed on top and served with a salty katsu sauce that tastes like a mix of barbecue sauce, soy sauce and ketchup.
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Sasa

13120 Shaker Square., Cleveland

A sushi/tapas restaurant may not be expected to have some of the best fries in town, but indeed this Shaker Square spot has some of the most popular ones in town. These fried potatoes come with a wonton wrapper and seaweed on top and served with a salty katsu sauce that tastes like a mix of barbecue sauce, soy sauce and ketchup.

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 Melt
Multiple Locations
Known for their grilled cheese sandwiches as big as your head, the fries shouldn’t be forgotten. While the regular fries are great on their own, if you want to take it to the next level check out the Hangover Fries — fresh hand-cut fries served with seared pork belly, mozzarella cheese curd, rich gravy, fried sunny up egg and scallions.
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Melt

Multiple Locations

Known for their grilled cheese sandwiches as big as your head, the fries shouldn’t be forgotten. While the regular fries are great on their own, if you want to take it to the next level check out the Hangover Fries — fresh hand-cut fries served with seared pork belly, mozzarella cheese curd, rich gravy, fried sunny up egg and scallions.

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 Bar Cento
1948 W. 25th St., Cleveland
Bar Cento, the restaurant attached to Sam McNulty’s Bier Markt, has been named best french fries in Scene's Best Of poll in the past and gets a bonus for being available late at night. This Ohio City spot never shorts you on an order of garlic-coated, crisp, curry-scented Belgian-style pomme frites. 
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Bar Cento

1948 W. 25th St., Cleveland

Bar Cento, the restaurant attached to Sam McNulty’s Bier Markt, has been named best french fries in Scene's Best Of poll in the past and gets a bonus for being available late at night. This Ohio City spot never shorts you on an order of garlic-coated, crisp, curry-scented Belgian-style pomme frites.

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 Parallax
2179 W. 11th St., Cleveland
If you can find a bigger pile of fries then at Zack Bruell’s Parallax in Tremont, let us know, because we sure haven’t seen a bigger order. These pomme frites are basically an upgraded version of Potato Stix and they’re delectable.
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Parallax

2179 W. 11th St., Cleveland

If you can find a bigger pile of fries then at Zack Bruell’s Parallax in Tremont, let us know, because we sure haven’t seen a bigger order. These pomme frites are basically an upgraded version of Potato Stix and they’re delectable.

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 Heck’s Cafe
Multiple Locations
Heading into its fourth decade, this charming café, with locations in Ohio City and Avon remains a reliable, if non-trendy, refuge for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. While juicy, gourmet burgers are their specialty, their fries aren’t far behind. You can get them with salt and pepper with a malt vinegar aioli, rosemary and garlic with a garlic aioli or moroccan seasoning with a saffron aioli.
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Heck’s Cafe

Multiple Locations

Heading into its fourth decade, this charming café, with locations in Ohio City and Avon remains a reliable, if non-trendy, refuge for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. While juicy, gourmet burgers are their specialty, their fries aren’t far behind. You can get them with salt and pepper with a malt vinegar aioli, rosemary and garlic with a garlic aioli or moroccan seasoning with a saffron aioli.

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 The Oak Barrel
5975 Canal Rd., Valley View
This beefy, barn-style Valley View restaurant can accommodate 450 people. Fortunately, chef and owner Demetrios Atheneos knows how to win over diners with his impressive gastropub fare including incredible french fries.
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The Oak Barrel

5975 Canal Rd., Valley View

This beefy, barn-style Valley View restaurant can accommodate 450 people. Fortunately, chef and owner Demetrios Atheneos knows how to win over diners with his impressive gastropub fare including incredible french fries.

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 Tremont Taphouse
2572 Scranton Rd., Cleveland
This Tremont gastropub’s thick cut fries are so good, they even go on sandwiches. But when served on their own, the fries come with a jalapeño aioli. Also look for poutine, served with duck gravy, cheddar cheese curds and thyme.
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Tremont Taphouse

2572 Scranton Rd., Cleveland

This Tremont gastropub’s thick cut fries are so good, they even go on sandwiches. But when served on their own, the fries come with a jalapeño aioli. Also look for poutine, served with duck gravy, cheddar cheese curds and thyme.

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 Deagan’s
14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Head out to Lakewood for the best truffle french fries in town. The House Fries at Deagan’s also come sprinkled with parmesan, pepper, sea salt, chopped scallions and a side of spicy mayo and they’re as mouthwatering as they sound. 
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Deagan’s

14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Head out to Lakewood for the best truffle french fries in town. The House Fries at Deagan’s also come sprinkled with parmesan, pepper, sea salt, chopped scallions and a side of spicy mayo and they’re as mouthwatering as they sound.

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 Lola
2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland
The Lola Fries at Michael Symon’s East Fourth joint are so good that they’re served at his B Spot Burger restaurants as well. Potatoes are cut into shoestrings fries, fried twice in fat and lard and are topped with sea salt and rosemary.
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Lola

2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland

The Lola Fries at Michael Symon’s East Fourth joint are so good that they’re served at his B Spot Burger restaurants as well. Potatoes are cut into shoestrings fries, fried twice in fat and lard and are topped with sea salt and rosemary.

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 Rocky River Brewing Company
21290 Center Ridge Rd., Cleveland
We’re a fan of any french fries that are served in a bucket, so these definitely make our list. They come standard with a side of ranch, so that’s a plus, and of course come beer-battered, because it is, after all, still a brewery.
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Rocky River Brewing Company

21290 Center Ridge Rd., Cleveland

We’re a fan of any french fries that are served in a bucket, so these definitely make our list. They come standard with a side of ranch, so that’s a plus, and of course come beer-battered, because it is, after all, still a brewery.

Photo via Rocky River Brewing Company/Facebook