Best Fast Food French Fries, Ranked

By Doug Norrie | Published

Best Fast Food French Fries

Get ready to embark on a tantalizing journey through the world of fast-food fries. We’ll dive into the crispy, golden wonders that make our taste buds tingle – fast-food french fries. From the legendary McDonald’s arches to Chick-fil-A’s waffle-shaped winners, we’ll be ranking the best of the best. 

So loosen your belt, grab your favorite dipping sauce, and prepare for a potato-packed adventure as we unveil the top contenders in the quest for the ultimate fast-food fry supremacy.

8. Burger King

Burger King’s fries may not win the gold medal in crispiness, but they make up for it with their “thick and proud” approach. These fries have a fluffy interior with a texture that has stood the test of time. They may not be the most elegant, but they sure know how to hold their own alongside a juicy Whopper.

7. Arby's

Arby’s curly fries are like the life of the fry party, twirling around with their charming spiral shape. With each bite, you’ll feel the joy of a miniature fry tornado dancing on your taste buds. These seasoned spirals bring a little extra flavor to the fry game, making them the perfect sidekick to Arby’s tasty roast beef sandwiches.

6. Wendy's

Wendy’s natural-cut fries are like that friend who’s always there for you, reliable and consistent. Dave Thomas would have wanted it that way. They may not have any fancy frills, but they know how to deliver that classic fry experience. While you won’t be transported to fry heaven the potato goodness is definitely there with this unique offering.

5. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A’s waffle fries are close to the superstars of the fry world, with their unique grid-like shape. It’s like eating fries and playing tic-tac-toe at the same time – double the fun! These crispy wonders have a seasoned coating that brings a little extra zing to the party. 

4. McDonald's

Ah, the golden arches of McDonald’s fries. They’ve long been the reigning champions of the fast-food fry kingdom, but we can’t quite put them at the top. These thin-cut wonders have achieved fry perfection, with a crispy exterior that’s as satisfying as a high-five and a fluffy interior that’s softer than a cloud. They’ve won the hearts of millions over their many iconic decades.

3. In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out’s fries may be thin, but they are like the underdogs of the fry world, quietly winning hearts with their simplicity. These unassuming fries let their fresh potato taste do the talking, and boy, does it speak volumes. So skip the bells and whistles and enjoy these straightforward fries in one of the true fan-favorite establishments.

2. Shake Shack

Shake Shack’s crinkle-cut fries are like the cool kids of the fry party, with their unique textured grooves. It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, we’re not your average fries. We’re here to shake things up!” (Get it? Shake!) These crispy bites offer a delightful contrast of textures, and the seasoning adds a little flavor pizzazz. The only problem here is there aren’t enough Shake Shack locations to get them everyday.

1. Five Guys

Five Guys’ hand-cut fries are like the culinary artists of the fry world, meticulously crafted and cooked to perfection. They take pride in their peanut oil bath, adding a nutty twist that make them stand out from the crowd. These fries have the perfect balance of thickness, crunch, and tenderness, and they come in generous portions. Five Guys is at the top of this particular food pyramid.