Best Fast Food Sides To Replace Fries On Your Next Order

By Doug Norrie | Updated

Best Fast Food Sides

Heading into your favorite fast food chain can often mean getting the same old, same old on the menu. It makes sense. You have your favorites and those are easy. But it’s worth noting that when it comes to sides, there are some solid choices out there that aren’t the standard french fries.

Let’s take a look at the best fast food sides that aren’t fries and where to pick these up.

6. Sonic Mozzarella Sticks

Sonic does burgers and fries just right, but if looking for a change then a pivot to the mozzarella sticks will do the trick. These babies are deep-fried and filled with the gooey cheese that hits just the right spot. Add in the marinara sauce and you have a winning combo, doing this particular offering best. 

5. Dairy Queen Onion Rings

When you think of Dairy Queen, I’m sure your brain goes right to the cones, Blizzards, and other frozen treats the stop is known for. But next time you’re there, make sure to thrown an order of onion rings in as well. The have a crunch that pairs well with the frozen sweetness of their other offerings and the re’s just the right texture as well.

4. Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

Looking for a little comfort food that isn’t in the form of deep-fried potatoes? Look no further. Popeye’s does the chicken right and they’ve added an assortment of sides to make the full meal. The red beans and rice are considerably different than a lot of other fast food fare, but in a good way. It’s a bit of a healthier option, but will definitely fill you up. And when it comes to going with their chicken, there’s a reason this has been on the menu for so long.

3. Wendy's Chili

Wendy’s chili is a hearty and comforting option that’s been on the menu for years and has become a go-to for certain customers. It’s made with ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and the brand’s special blend of spices. The cup is somewhat iconic at this point and it’s a testament to the offering that this “odd” side still racks up points on the menu.

2. Taco Bell Nachos Supreme

To be fair, this is almost more than a side and is closer to a full meal. But we’ll keep it here anyway just because it’s so damn good. The Nachos Supreme are a full plate of loaded fare with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and meat on top of the chips. Put it with an order of tacos, or just enjoy the whole thing on its own.

1. KFC Coleslaw

The KFC Coleslaw isn’t as popular as their special recipe chicken or even the mashed potatoes, but it’s hard to picture a full order from this iconic institution without it. There’s the right combo of crispy and creamy and the fresh taste compliments the rest of Colonel Sanders’ comfort food perfectly. Don’t let them forget to put in a side of this next time you’re ordering for the whole family.