The Best (and Worst) French Fries From Fast Food Chains Across America

French fries are as classic as cherry pie. Whether they’re crinkle cut, sweet potato, or extra crispy, everyone has a favorite. The same can be said for the opposite. Everyone has fries they can’t stand. Keep reading for the best and worst fast food french fries in America.

Best: McDonald’s

French fries sit on a table at a McDonald's restaurant
Customers can’t get enough of McDonald’s fries. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Salty and hot is a trademark of the fries served at McDonald’s. Their fries are just crispy enough. The french fries are sought after by customers so much so that people try making McDonald’s fries at home. While they may taste good, the fries taste better served in McDonald’s signature red and yellow packaging.

Hint: Fresh potatoes give this establishment’s french fries a tasty edge over competitors.

Best: Five Guys

A bacon cheeseburger with French fries is viewed outside the popular Five Guys hamburger chain
The fries are seasoned well. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

This fast food eatery serves some of the best french fries — and burgers — around. “[sic] They are fresh and sourced from USA potatoes!” a Yelp reviewer said. “They are also seasoned well so you don’t need ketchup to eat these freshly cut fries!” The portions are generous. “Fries are served overwhelmingly overflowing from a cup,” another reviewer said.

Hint: Chefs enjoy these fries.

Best: Arby’s

Arby's fries
People love the curly fries. | Arby’s via Facebook

Even world-class chefs can’t resist Arby’s curly fries. Somehow their curly fries taste better than other curly fries because of their dark, crunchy exterior. “The fries are awesome,” a Yelp reviewer said. We have no arguments there.

Hint: This restaurant’s fries are thick and delicious.

Best: Burger King

Burger King fries
They’re thicker than McDonald’s fries. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Fries from the home of the flame-grilled burger are some of the best fast food restaurants have to offer. Burger King’s french fries are lighter on grease and salt. Although that isn’t to say they’re without either ingredient. They’re cut slightly thicker than McDonald’s fries, attracting people who enjoy a softer spud.

Hint: This fast food joint should stick to their strengths.

Worst: Wendy’s

Wendy's restaurant
Customers found the fries to be too salty. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Wendy’s serves a yummy Frosty and hearty chili but their french fries fall short of delicious. Their “fries were so salty they were inedible and not fresh,” a Yelp reviewer said. Another person is not so kind. Their “fries tasted like dirt,” a reviewer said.

Hint: Avoid this establishment’s fries at all costs.

Worst: Sonic

Sonic meal
Customers thought the fries were soggy. | Sonic Drive-In via Facebook

The fast food restaurant serving food with a side of drive-in nostalgia makes awful fries. Comments range from “soggy,” to “overcooked,” on Yelp. “They were unsalted and lukewarm, and mushy around the middle,” another reviewer said. All of these are the hallmarks of poorly made french fries.

Hint: Pass on this chain’s french fries.

Worst: Culver’s

Culver's burger and fries
There’s nothing special about the fries. | Culver’s via Facebook

Culver’s has locations in 24 states nationwide. While their national presence is growing, their fries could do some growing of their own. “The fries could be better,” a Yelp reviewer said. “They look and taste like that crap you buy from Kroger’s freezer section (artificial and tasteless),” another said. No one wants mediocre fries.

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