Post Updated: July 2020
From steaks to fast food, French fries are the perfect side for so many meals. There are a lot of restaurants doing great fries in Berks County, but we’ve narrowed it down to our five favorites:
Austin’s Restaurant – West Lawn
The three sister restaurants of Austin’s, Brickstone’s and Coastal Grille vary their menus, but one thing they all have in common are the delicious shoestring French fries. And despite being possibly the smallest fries in Berks County, the portions are anything but small.
Beer Wall on Penn – West Reading
Beer Wall doesn’t just have fries, they have fries that have been fried in duck fat. Oh, and they are topped with truffle zest, shaved Parmesan cheese and scallions and served with garlic aioli.
Dino’s Wings & Things – Temple
Dino’s fries are pretty darn good on their own, but you can also get them loaded with everything from cheese steaks to chicken parm. Personally, I take mine with Old Bay seasoning.
Gourmand Cafe – Wyomissing
Gourmand Cafe is known for their unique flavor combinations, and their fries are no exception. The food truck has a rotating menu while the Wyomissing cafe offers several specialty fries, including the namesake Gourmand Fries, which are topped with fried pastrami, melted Provolone cheese, bacon, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli.
The Hot Spot – Fairgrounds Farmers Market
The Hot Spot is one of my favorite stands at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market, and it also has some of my favorite fries. Why? Because they use red-skinned potatoes. Sometimes little things make a big difference.
Say Cheese – West Reading
Yes, this makes six, but I felt it only appropriate to include our favorite fries from the West Reading French Fry Festival, the strawberry fries from Say Cheese. They came topped with fresh strawberries, provel cheese sauce, basil crystals and balsamic drizzle. It was easily one of the best French fry variations we have ever tried.