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Fantastic fries: the best Portland has to offer

Onika Darling
Cardinals have many options when it comes to finding delectable fries.

Since their creation in Belgium in the late 1600s, french fries have become a widely loved snack.  Now they are a staple of America’s popular fast food culture. In Portland, many fast food restaurants feature fries on their menus. We can debate which restaurant has the best fries, but there can only be one winner.  


McDonald’s $2.49 (small)  1831 W Burnside St (0.3 miles):

Serving them thin, warm and salty, McDonald’s has great fries. The saltiness may be overwhelming, but is easily tamed with condiments like ketchup. These fries have a soft interior and  a beautifully crispy outside.

Overall rating: 8/10


Taco Bell $2.19 (small)  2079 W Burnside St (0.4 miles):

To our surprise, Taco Bell serves fries, but not just any fries, spicy nacho fries. The soft texture and spicy flavor, that is merely a strange combination of spices, makes this fry less enjoyable than a classic fry. They are filling, but don’t go out of your way.

Overall rating: 6/10


Chick-fil-a: $2.59 (small)  10657 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy (6.3 miles):

Featuring a fun waffle shape and an array of appetizing condiment options, such as their special Chick-fil-a sauce. Chick-fil-a’s fries taste like a freshly harvested potato. These fries have a satisfactory amount of salt, but lack the necessary crispiness for the satisfying crunch of a fry. Also the location is too far for lunch for most students. 

Overall rating: 8/10


Little Big Burger: $4.00 (small) 3074 NW Bond Avenue (2.3 miles):

Little Big Burger disappoints with strangely greasy truffle fries that leave a horrid aftertaste. Instead of  a delicious fry, the restaurant has created piping hot garlic sticks that overwhelm the senses. These fries had a garlic scent that could be smelled from within the bag. A bag that was filled with a ton of scorching hot fries that were made with the emphasis on quantity over quality.  

Overall rating: 3/10 


Shake Shack: $4.99 (regular) 1016 W Burnside St (0.6 miles):

Addictive and crispy, Shake Shack creates a crinkle cut fry. Their slight greasiness adds a unique softness to the fries, which is complimented by a hint of salt. Despite the high price, we think they are worth the money for those times that we have that craving for something greasier and less salty.

Overall rating: 7.5/10 


After trying fries from 5 different restaurants, we conclude that Chick-fil-a and McDonalds have the best fries, with Chick-fil-a giving consumers a creative approach, while McDonalds upholds its status as an American classic. Stay clear of Little Big Burger because these horrid fries will not only burn your hands, but your wallet too.

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Gwenie is a sophomore this year. She is excited to learn more about photo editing and enjoys writing enjoys writing opinion and news pieces.
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    JoshuaFeb 28, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    In a world where social currency often hinges on the slightest judgments, the act of writing a scathing 3/10 review for Little Big Burger’s fries might indeed seem like a precarious plunge into social suicide. Little Big Burger, known for its quaint ambiance and artisanal offerings, holds a special place in the hearts of many gastronomes. However, it’s the humble fries, those golden strips of potato perfection, that have become an emblem of delight for patrons.

    To pen a review tarnishing the reputation of Little Big Burger’s fries requires not only a bold disregard for popular opinion but also a willingness to stand alone against the tide of admiration. In a society where food is not just sustenance but a cultural emblem, the act of criticizing a beloved delicacy carries weight beyond mere gustatory preference.

    In the age of social media, where every opinion is scrutinized under the unforgiving gaze of the public, a negative review can ricochet with unforeseen consequences. Friends might raise eyebrows in disbelief, while followers might question one’s taste and judgment. It’s not merely a critique of fries; it’s a statement about one’s place in the culinary zeitgeist.

    However, amidst the risk of social ostracization lies a commendable integrity. To speak one’s truth, even if it diverges from the popular narrative, is an act of authenticity. While the 3/10 review may provoke a storm of dissent, it also invites discourse, challenging the collective palate to reassess its standards and expectations.

    Thus, while writing a disparaging review for Little Big Burger’s fries may court social peril, it also embodies a commitment to honesty and individual discernment in a world often dictated by conformity.