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.
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.
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:
Without further ado, let's get to discussin' our findings...
Carl's Jr./Hardee's (1:48 p.m.)
Five Guys (2:16 p.m.)
Wingstop (2:21 p.m.)
Jack in the Box (2:48 p.m.)
In-N-Out (3:15 p.m.)
Chick-fil-A (3:36 p.m.)
Popeyes (4:07 p.m.)
Shake Shack (4:17 p.m.)
Arby's (4:28 p.m.)
Burger King (4:41 p.m.)
McDonald's (5:07 p.m.)
Kentucky Fried Chickens (5:32 p.m.)
Wendy's (5:55 p.m.)
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.*