Where to Get the Best French Fries, Tater Tots, and Poutine 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 9th, 2020)
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 Best of the Best

  • Le Diplomate (14th St)
    • $8 pommes frites
    • Included with mussels/lobster/steak frites, burger (also on Best Burgers List)
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In
  • Granville Moore’s (H Street)
    • $7 frites (hand-cut, twice fried)
    • Choice of 2 sauces (truffle mayo, chipotle mayo, old bay aioli, samurai sauce, curry mayo, dijonnaise).
    • Included with burgers and most entrees
    • currently not available pop-up Italian spot open Fri-Sat. Sometimes at Queen Vic
  • Medium Rare (Cleveland Park, Bethesda, Arlington)
    • Not available a la carte
    • Secret Sauce
    • Part of $24 steak frites prix fixe. $28 bottomless brunch
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In

The Next Best

  • Five Guys (several all over city)
    • $4.09 (little), $5.19 (regular) $6.79 (large) fries. Cajun fries available. (cooked in 100% peanut oil)
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor Dine-In
  • Red Apron Butcher (Penn Quarter, Cap Hill)
    • $6 aged beef fat fries
    • Ranch aioli
    • Included with steak frites
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $8 ($6.80 call/pickup) hand-cut “chips” (British-style, a bit thicker
    • House aioli
    • Included with fish & chips (considered best in DC), fried chicken BLT, kids chicken fingers/cheese burger
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-in

Lots of Support

  • Roaming Rooster (Bladensburg/NE, U Street,)
    • $2.50 (small), $3.50 (large) hand cut twice-fried
    • Honey mustard, sriracha mayo
    • Pickup/Delivery (best chicken sandwich)
  • Amsterdam Falafel (Adams Morgan, L’Enfant)
    • $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
    • Pickup (Adams Morgan only)/Delivery
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan, Union Market)
    • $6 thick “chips”, $7 curry chips (chips with Irish pub curry sauce over it)
    • Malt vinegar mayo w/ thick chips. $1 extra for spicy sambal ketchup, lucky sauce, or mumbo sauce
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dine-In (Adams Morgan) (one of best burgers)
  • Belga Café (Barracks Row)
    • $8 Belgian frites
    • 3 types of mayo served
    • Included with roasted chicken, burger, steak, stew, steak tartare
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor/Outdoor Dine-In
  • Beuchert’s (Eastern Market)
    • $8 Kennebec (potato) French fries
    • Sauce ravigote (classic French herby sauce)
    • Included with $2 surcharge with burger and sandwiches
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dine-in
    • Currently not available
  • 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
    • Comes with entrée (like bread). Sometimes part of a weekday burger lunch deal (one of best burgers)
    • Pickup/Outdoor Dine-In

Mentioned At Least Twice

  • Swizzler (food truck)- $2.25 (hand-cut French fries), $4.25 (parmesan truffle fries)
  • Federalist Pig/Fedwich (Adams Morgan/Dupont)- $2.50 (small), $6.50 (large) skin-on fries seasoned w/ house bbq rub. Included with sandwiches at Fedwich ($3 extra if more)
  • MGM Roast Beef (Brentwood) – $3 (half), $4 (full) fresh cut French fries
  • The Greek Spot (U Street) – $4 fries seasoned with Greek Spot special seasoning
  • DC9 (Shaw) – $5 garlic fries (garlic, herbs, sea salt w/ horseradish sauce). Included with burgers and sandwiches.
  • Looking Glass Lounge (Park View) – $5 fries, $6 garlic/old bay/seasoned curly fries, $7 cheesy fries
  • Brookland’s Finest – $5.50 hand cut fries. Included with burgers and sandwiches
  • The Berliner (Georgetown) – $7 fries (w/ mayo)
  • Cork (14th) – $8 – garlic/parsley, lemon, fries w/ house-made ketchup
  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard) – $8 fries. Included with burger and sandwiches.
  • Bonchon (Navy Yard) – $8 seasoned French fries (herb seasoning, Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes)
  • Primrose (Brookland)- $9 pommes frites w/ ketchup & Mayo
  • Blue Duck Tavern (West End) – $13 ($14 at dinner) – Hand-cut Blue Duck Tavern triple fries (duck fat fries). Pretty thick.
  • Ivy and Coney: (Shaw) $6 – curly fries

Others Mentioned: Roy Boys, The DIner, Bom, Walter’s, Burger IM, Muncheez, Andy’s Pizza, Eat Pow Wow, Joselito, Shake Shack, McDonald’s, Falafel Inc., Capital Burger, Duccini’s Alladin’s, FIrefly, DCity Smokehouse, East Potomac GV, Emilie’s, Residents, Good Stuff Eatery, Soussi, Wingo’s, Zorba’s, Kramer’s, Tune Inn, Hank’s Oyster, Little Miner Tacos (carne asada fries), Slash Run (Curly fries), The Alex, Popeyes, Half Smoke (Crab fries), Bistro du Coin, Old Ebbitt, Cafe Riggs, The Sovereign, St. Arnold’s, The Green Zone, Brasserie Liberte

TATER TOTS

The Top Tot

  • Bluejacket (Navy Yard)
    • $7.50 tots (housemade)
    • Ketchup, dijoinnaise
    • $2 extra to smother it in cheddar, tasso ham gravy
    • Pickup/Delivery/ Outdoor Dining

Runner-Ups

  • Sticky Rice  (H Street)
    • $6.83 (mini), $10.75 (large bucket)
    • Secret tater tot sauce
    • $12.50 Tater-achoes (topped w/ chili, Sriracha, cheese, bacon & sour cream)
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • 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
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor & Outdoor Dining

Next Group of Favorites

  • Churchkey (14th St)
    • $8 housemade tater tots
    • Add $3 to get it with sandwich/plate
    • Currently closed
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)
    • $10 plain ole tots
    • Chipotle ranch
    • Add $2 to sandwiches, plates, burgers to sub side of tots
    • $16 chicken totchos / old bay crab tots/ or buffalo chicken totchos
    • Pickup/Delivery/Indoor & Outdoor Dining
  • ChiKo (Dupont/Barracks Row)
    • $8 ChiKo Tots (just available at Dupont)
    • Chili miso aioli
    • Nats Game Day special available at both :$14 Bulgogi tots (bulgogi beef, kimchi cheese, green onion
    • Pickup/Delivery

Those With Multiple Mentions

  • The Big Hunt (Dupont)
    • $7 (plain or cajun seasoning)
    • $1 extra for chili, or cheese. 50 cent diced onions
    • Currently Closed
  • Tune Inn (Cap Hill)
    • $4-5
    • Currently not available
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights)
    • $7
    • pickup/delivery/dining indoors and outdoors
  • Calico (Shaw) 
    • $6 regular tots
    • $10 loaded tots (cheddar, sour cream, bacon, scallion)
    • Pickup/dining indoors and outdoors
  • Pearl Street Warehouse (The Wharf)
    • $5 original
    • $10 Viet-Tots (Hoisin, sriracha, cilantro, scallion, peanuts), $11 loded tots (queso, bacon, scallions, sour cream)
    • Currently may not be available.
  • The Haymaker (H Street)
    • $5 tots
    • Sriracha mayo
    • $10 hot mess tots (Crispy tater tots w/ shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, & sriracha mayo)
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (H Street)
    • $6.50 tots
    • Lots of extra toppings available for $ – chopped corned beef, cheddar cheese, old bay, bacon, chopped raw onion, queso, shredded provolone, jalapeños, chili
    • pickup/delivery/outdoor dining

Others Mentioned: Nellie’s, Tortilla Coast, Union Trust, Yellow, Duffy’s,  Stoney’s, Kelly’s Irish Times, The Bottom Line, PJ Clarke’s

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

POUTINE

  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $19 (roughly $16 takeout) Pork Belly Poutine
    • Most mentioned
  • Pow Pow (H Street)
    • $6 Pow-Tine
    • fries w/ warm curry gravy, house made soy feta & scallions (Plant-based
  • The Big Board (H Street)
    • $10-12 Quebec City burger is topped with poutine
  • Elephant & Castle (Downtown/Penn Quarter)
    • currently unavailble
  • Churchkey (Logan Circle)
    • temporarily closed
    • tot poutine
  • Haikan (Shaw)
    • Currently unavailable

 

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