Where to Get the Best French Fries and Tater Tots in DC

Rooming Rooster’s french fries received many votes (also only pictures of fries I’ve taken I can find online)

[Up-to-date as of August 2, 2022)
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is a 3-for-1 combining fried potato-specifically French fries as well as tater tots and poutine in DC. Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them (my expertise would be useless as I’m not a food critic). See original French Fries Tater Tots and Poutine Twitter threads.

(ketchup general available or provided when nothing is mentioned, and often in other situations)

FRENCH FRIES

The Granville Moore’s Tier

  • Granville Moore’s (H Street)
    • $9 frites (special herb blend)
    • Choice of 1 sauce (truffle mayo, chipotle mayo, old bay aioli, samurai sauce, curry mayo, dijonnaise).
    • Included with sandwiches ( $16-17) and most entrees ($24-$28)
    • 53% say one of best in DC; 96% are fans; 42%  have eaten

Gold Tier

  • Amsterdam Falafel (Adams Morgan)
    • $4 (small), $5 (regular) Dutch-style, twice fried
    • Unlimited sauces apparently (garlic cream (both vegan and not), curried ketchup, ketchup, Dutch mayo, tahini, peanut sauce)
    • 35% say one of best in DC; 87% are fans; 53% have eaten
  • Le Diplomate (14th St)
    • $8 pommes frites
    • Included with mussels/lobster/steak frites, burger (also on Best Burgers List)
    • 30% say one of best in DC; 90% are fans; 69% have eaten
  • Red Apron Butcher (Cap Hill)
    • $7.50 at the Roost with Red Apron ranch.
    • Included with burgers & chicken sandwich
    • 33% say one of best in DC; 83% are fans; 26% have eaten
  • Falafel, Inc. (Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, The Wharf)
    • $3 zaatar fries
    • 33% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans; 24% have eaten
  • The Green Zone (Adams Morgan)
    • $8 (?) batata harra fries
    • classic mezze seasoning with hot pepper, coriander, garlic
    • 38% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans; 22% have eaten
  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)
    • $10 (?) Duck fat french fry trio (truffle, garlic & herbs, old bay).
    • 3 small baskets of fries with different seasonings and 3 different sauces
    • May come with entrée (like bread). Sometimes part of a weekday burger lunch deal (one of best burgers)
    • 36% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans; 22% have eaten
  • Primrose (Brookland)
    • $7 frites
    • Comes with steak frites and burger at dinner
    • Bearnaise
    • 32% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans; 20% have eaten
  • Melange (Mt. Vernon Triangle)
    • $6 berbere fries. $5 sea salt fries $ 6 sweet potato fries also avail
    • one of best burgers
    • 38% say one of best in DC; 86% are fans; 18% have eaten

Silver Tier

  • Medium Rare (Cleveland Park and suburban locations)
    • hand cut fries not available a la carte
    • Secret Sauce
    • Part of $26 steak frites prix fixe. $28 bottomless brunch
    • 27% say one of best in DC; 89% are fans; 58% have eaten
  • Blue Duck Tavern (West End)
    • $14 Hand-cut Blue Duck Tavern triple fries (duck fat fries).
    • Pretty thick.
    • 29% say one of best in DC; 84% are fans; 29% have eaten
  • Slash Run (Petworth)
    • $4 waffle fries (also $3.50 shoestring fries)
    • 27% say one of best in DC; 87% are fans; 27% have eaten
  • Ivy and Coney: (Shaw)
    • $5 curly fries (or $3 upcharge on most dogs and sandwiches)
    • 24% say one of best in DC; 80% are fans; 27% have eaten
  • The Greek Spot (U Street)
    • $4.50 fries w/ special house seasoning
    • 26% say one of best in DC; 82% are fans; 26% have eaten
  • DC9 (Shaw/U)
    • $5 garlic fries
    • all sandwiches and burgers (which are best value in DC) come with
    • horseradish sauce
    • 31% say one of best in DC; 79% are fans; 16% have eaten
  • St. Anselm (Union Market District)
    • $8 fries (comes with burger and sandwiches) – possibly only brunch/lunch
    • 18% say one of best in DC; 92% are fans; 43% have eaten

Bronze Tier

  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan, Union Market)
    • Adams Morgan: $8 thick cut “chips” (same price with braii spiced). $2 extra for Irish pub curry sauce
    • Union Market: $6 thick cut “chips. $1 extra for Irish pub curry sauce,
    • Malt vinegar mayo included. Other sauces available
    • one of best burgers
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 79% are fans; 45% have eaten
  • Bistro du Coin (Dupont)
    • French fries possibly off menu a la carte
    • Included in several entrees ($27-$35)
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 85% are fans; 34% have eaten
  • Zorba’s Cafe (Dupont)
    • $4 small, $6 regular. Hand cut classic American style
    • Comes with some entrees and subs
    • 22% say one of best in DC; 86% are fans; 31% have eaten
  • Belga Café (Barracks Row)
    • $9 Belgian frites (hand cut, double fried)
    • 3 types of mayo served
    • Included with burger and several entrees
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 87% are fans; 28% have eaten
  • Swizzler (Navy Yard)
    • $3.15 Golden spudz
    • 21% say one of best in DC; 79% are fans; 25% have eaten
  • Beuchert’s Saloon (Eastern Market)
    • $11 Kennbec pototo French fries (+$2 upcharge with burger)
    • Sauce ravigote (classic French herby sauce)
    • 23% say one of best in DC; 88% are fans; 19% have eaten
  • Duck Duck Goose (Dupont)
    • $9 duck fat frites w/ curry aioli.
    • Also with several entrees
    • 32% say one of best in DC; 78% are fans; 9% have eaten.
  • Et Voila (Palisades) –
    • $9.25 Belgian fries
    • also with several entrees and sandwiches/burgers
    • 26% say one of best in DC, but only 10% have eaten

Worth Noting

  • Brookland’s Finest (Brookland): hand cut fries w/ sandwiches/burgers
  • Good Stuff Eatery (Cap Hill, Georgetown): $3.50 / $4.25 hand-cut fries
  • Unconventional Diner (Shaw): $8 french fries
  • Tune Inn (Cap Hill): $4/$5 (?) battered french fries. Cheese and smothered options
  • The Capital Burger (Mt Vernon Triangle/Shaw): $7 parmesan truffle fries
  • The Sovereign (Georgetown): $6 frites
  • The Berliner (Georgetown): $7 fries with mayo
  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard): $8 fries
  • Roaming Rooster (Bladensburg/NE, U Street, Tenleytown, Skyland): $4.39 hand cut twice-fried

Others Mentioned: Federalist Pig/Fedwich, The Queen Vic, Looking Glass Lounge, Bonchon, Cork, Firefly, Dacha, Wingo’s, MGM Roast Beef

Comparison Chain References: McDonald’s-97% have eaten; 14.6% say one of best in DC; 72.7% are fans. Five Guys: 96% have eaten; 13.9% say one of best in DC; 69.8% are fans.

TATER TOTS

Gold Tier Tots

  • Present Company (Mt. Vernon Square)
    • $5 (or $3 sub sides on sandwiches)
    • House-Made Pimento Tater tots w/ siracha ketchup
    • 43% who’ve had said best in DC. 86% fans
  • Sticky Rice  (H Street)
    • $6.82 (mini), $11.66 (large bucket)
    • Secret tater tot sauce
    • 32% who’ve had said best in DC. 85% fans
  • Tonic (Foggy Bottom)
    • $8.50 famous tater tots
    • Chipotle honey mustard, jalapeno aioli, curry ketchup
    • Included with sandwiches and burgers. $5 extra on entrees (or during HH)
    • $14 totchos or buffalo chicken tots
    • 29% who’ve had said best in DC. 91% fans. 58% have eaten these tots
  • ChiKo (Dupont/Barracks Row)
    • $14 Bulgogi tots only available now
    • 28% who’ve had said best in DC. 93% fans
  • Bluejacket (Navy Yard)
    • $9.50 tots (housemade). May be able to sub instead of fries in sandwiches
    • Ketchup, dijoinnaise
    • 27% who’ve had said best in DC. 89% fans

Silver Tier Tots

  • Cracked Eggery (Cleveland Park, Shaw)
    • $5
    • tons of different seasoning (plain, salted, old bay, honey bbq, jalapeno cheddar, sour cream & onion, ranch, honey butter, cinnamon sugar, garlic parm-truffle
    • Loaded tots with bacon, cheese, egg, for $10
  • Churchkey (14th St)
    •  housemade tater tots
    • Add $3 to get it with sandwich/plate
    • Currently closed
    • 24% who’ve had said best in DC. 94% fans
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights)
    • $7 lemon pepper or old bay tots
    • 22% who’ve had said best in DC. 93% fans
  • The Bottom Line (Downtown)
    • option with all burgers and sandwiches
    • 22% who’ve had said best in DC. 93% fans

Bronze Tier Tots

  • Calico (Shaw)
    • $6 regular tots
    • $11 poutine tots
    • 18% who’ve had said best in DC. 89% fans
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)
    • $10 plain ole tots (Chipotle ranch)
    • Add $2 to sandwiches, plates, burgers to sub side of tots
    • $16 chicken totchos / or buffalo chicken totchos
    • 18% who’ve had said best in DC. 88%  fans
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (H Street)
    • $9.50 full basket of tots
    • sweet potato tots available as well
    • toppings can be added, lots of different seasonings
    • option with burgers/sandwiches as well
    • 14% who’ve had said best in DC. 83% fans
  • Stoney’s (Logan Circle)
    • 12% who’ve had said best in DC. 91% fans

Others Mentioned: Nellie’s, Yellow, Kelly’s Irish Times, The Haymaker, Pearl Street Warehouse, Ted’s Bulletin

Suburbs Mentioned a lot: Galaxy Hut (Clarendon), Quarry House Tavern (Silver Spring)

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