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Take a Potato Break with These 7 Alternative Fries

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Pencil-thin sticks, fat wedges, curls, waffles, and everything in between; a burger's best buddy and a sandwich's soul mate; the French fry is usually potato-based, or, when things get wild, made from sweet potato. That being said, here's a handful of local restaurants that are giving the potato a break and updating French fries using different ingredients.
Katie Chudy


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1. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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Parsnip Fries: The bavette steak is served with both parsnip fries and creamed kale for a fun twist on a steakhouse classic. The dish is garnished with gremolata and bourbon barrel Worcestershire jus. [Photo: Foursquare]

2. Taranta

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210 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-0052
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Yucca Fries: A play off of steak frites, the grass-fed steak at Taranta comes with yucca fries, as well as a watercress salad, chimichurri, and aji aioli. [Photo: Official Site]

3. The Bristol Lounge

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200 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400
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Potato and Goat Cheese Phyllo “Fries”: Available on the bar menu, these “fries” are served with caramelized onions and a spicy tomato basil “ketchup." [Photo: Yelp]

4. Zocalo Back Bay Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar

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35 Stanhope St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 456-7849
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Crispy Avocado Sticks: Served on a bed of pickled cabbage, the avocado sticks at Zocalo are beer-battered, fried, and served with chipotle mayo and a dusting of cotija cheese. [Photo: Official Site]

5. Estragon Tapas Bar

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700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-0443
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Eggplant Fries: These fries—or berenjenas fritas, as they're called on the menu—are served with salsa brava. (Diners can also opt for a more classic fry with the patatas fritas, served with aioli and salsa brava.) [Photo: Official Site]

6. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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Polenta Fries: Ordering from the appetizer section of the menu, diners can enjoy crispy jalapeno corn polenta with grilled red pepper sauce and pesto aioli. (For something a little more classic, rosemary truffle fries are also available.) [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Grass Fed

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605 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 553-2278
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Beet French Fries: This “burger joint with strong values” offers a beet fry option to accompany their burgers, complete with three house-made sauces for dipping: truffle ketchup, cilantro-lime mayo, and special sauce. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

1. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141
Parsnip Fries: The bavette steak is served with both parsnip fries and creamed kale for a fun twist on a steakhouse classic. The dish is garnished with gremolata and bourbon barrel Worcestershire jus. [Photo: Foursquare]
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

2. Taranta

210 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
Yucca Fries: A play off of steak frites, the grass-fed steak at Taranta comes with yucca fries, as well as a watercress salad, chimichurri, and aji aioli. [Photo: Official Site]
210 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

3. The Bristol Lounge

200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Potato and Goat Cheese Phyllo “Fries”: Available on the bar menu, these “fries” are served with caramelized onions and a spicy tomato basil “ketchup." [Photo: Yelp]
200 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Zocalo Back Bay Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar

35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116
Crispy Avocado Sticks: Served on a bed of pickled cabbage, the avocado sticks at Zocalo are beer-battered, fried, and served with chipotle mayo and a dusting of cotija cheese. [Photo: Official Site]
35 Stanhope St
Boston, MA 02116

5. Estragon Tapas Bar

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Eggplant Fries: These fries—or berenjenas fritas, as they're called on the menu—are served with salsa brava. (Diners can also opt for a more classic fry with the patatas fritas, served with aioli and salsa brava.) [Photo: Official Site]
700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

6. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
Polenta Fries: Ordering from the appetizer section of the menu, diners can enjoy crispy jalapeno corn polenta with grilled red pepper sauce and pesto aioli. (For something a little more classic, rosemary truffle fries are also available.) [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

7. Grass Fed

605 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130
Beet French Fries: This “burger joint with strong values” offers a beet fry option to accompany their burgers, complete with three house-made sauces for dipping: truffle ketchup, cilantro-lime mayo, and special sauce. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
605 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130

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