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4520 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 922-3797, alpinesteak.com
The classic thick-cut steak fries at Alpine's are a potato lover's dream. If you are really into potato wedges as opposed to fries, these are the perfect cut, and bite, for you.
5354 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 342-0170; 6593 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-1840; 8435 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 358-7900; 6783 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 794-3700; fiveguys.com
The secret to Five Guys' irresistible fries are its hand-cut potatoes from Idaho, and the way they are prepared for frying: double-power-washed, which removes the extra starch. This leaves each fry with a perfectly crispy outside and soft potato inside, with just the right amount of finger-licking grease.
1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7300; 8445 Lorraine Road, Sarasota, (941) 357-1570; libbysneighborhoodbrasserie.com
If you are looking for an elevated version of the common fast-food fry, look no further than Libby's delicious truffle fries. These thin-cut fries are tossed with truffle oil and topped with parmesan and herbs.
2407 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 922-7673, geckosgrill.com
The classic crinkle-cut fry from Smacks offers just the right amount of golden crunch and deliciously flaky potato. Make sure to grab a side of Smacks sauce, perfect for endless dipping.
1830 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-1342, veronicafishandoyster.com
Another elevated fry experience can be found at Veronica's thanks to its zesty malt aioli served on the side of crisp, thick-cut fries. Seasoned with sea salt, these fries make for delicious dipping, or enjoying on their own.
257 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 800-1800, burgerfi.com
BurgerFi uses top-notch Idaho potatoes, hand-cut and double fried in peanut oil for a richer flavor. Order the Urban Fries, a basket of freshly fried potatoes sprinkled with parmesan, herbs and topped with a creamy mayo and garlic aioli.
1420 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, (941) 552-6927, theoverton.com
This open-air Rosemary District restaurant is known for more than its fancy coffee and cocktails. Next time you're there, order a side of shoestring fries. These matchstick-sized potato shreds are fried in beef tallow rather than vegetable oil, giving them a richer, meaty flavor.
5866 14th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 755-1998
While S.O.B.'s burgers are the menu's shining star (there are over 20 options), the fries are delicious enough to stand on their own. Go here if you're wanting a back-to-basics, but high-quality, fry.
1592 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2234, avlionmain.com
This Mediterranean restaurant takes fries to a new level with quintessential Greek flavors. The restaurant's hand-cut fried are topped with fresh feta and oregano, delivering a perfect salty, tangy bite.