We Tried 15 Popular Fast-Food French Fries To See Whose Were Best — Here's How They Rank

    "I'm fully prepared for y'all to come after me in the comments, but I fear I do not love the waffle fry."

    Hello, folks! It's been awhile since we ranked a bunch of something, but we decided it was time to get back in the game by way of numerous drive-thrus. So, we visited every popular fast-food restaurant in the vicinity and tried their french fries so we could rank them all.

    the authors holding In-N-Out

    For the record, we did this on a Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. We tried our best to map out restaurants in close range to each other, but decided that it would take too long to collect 'em all before trying them, so in the interest of fairness and freshness, we taste tested each establishment's fries immediately after they were given to us.

    map of Hollywood with arrows pointing to In-N-Out and Chick-fil-A

    We'll list the fries in the order we tried them, and at the very end, you'll find our final rankings, which are a combination of our individual scores. Here are the only ground rules we set:

    list of rules for taste test

    Without further ado, let's get to discussin' our findings...

    the various fries from different fast-food restaurants

    Carl's Jr./Hardee's (1:48 p.m.)

    Hardee's fries

    Five Guys (2:16 p.m.)

    Five Guys french fries

    Wingstop (2:21 p.m.)

    Wingstop fries

    Jack in the Box (2:48 p.m.)

    Jack in the Box fries

    In-N-Out (3:15 p.m.)

    In-N-Out fries

    Chick-fil-A (3:36 p.m.)

    Chick-fil-A waffle fries

    Popeyes (4:07 p.m.)

    Popeyes fries

    Shake Shack (4:17 p.m.)

    Shake Shack fries

    Arby's (4:28 p.m.)

    Arby's fries

    Burger King (4:41 p.m.)

    Burger King fries

    McDonald's (5:07 p.m.)

    Kentucky Fried Chickens (5:32 p.m.)

    KFC fries

    Wendy's (5:55 p.m.)

    Wendy's fries


    Chris: I think any of these establishments are capable of coming in at #1 on the right day, with the right batch of fresh fries. That said, the top five are in a tier of their own and deserve to be respected as such. 

    Krista: This little experiment proves what we have all known all along: Fries really need to be fresh — and I think this shows which places need to work on making sure their customers always get a fresh batch! That being said, I keep randomly thinking about Popeyes fries. In my head, I'll be like, Yes, you loved them. Go get some NOW. Then 10 minutes later, I'm like, No, they really weren't good; they tasted like chicken. So, I think I have french fry fog in my brain. It was too much, and my car still smells like a cherry air freshener mixed with stale fries. 

    *Also, Taco Bell was not selling their fries — we did try to include them.*

    HERE'S HOW THE FINAL RANKINGS LOOK (available in text below the image as well):

    ranking of fries from lowest to highest

    Wanna watch our rankings of the fries LIVE as they happened??! Watch our lil' vid here:


    Overall rankings are at the very end, sorry in advance for the controversial Chick-fil-A fry takes🧂 @Krista Torres

    ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy

    Who makes your favorite fast-food fries? Let us know in the comments, where we're sure there will be super chill dialogue and no strong opinions or hostility at all!