When I started tossing around the idea for a series on the Best French Fries in Beaver County, I was fairly confident that Bowser’s Restaurant was going to end up somewhere on the list. Based on the fact that I’ve been working there since I was 15, this created an obvious conflict for me.
That conflict got a little bit deeper when I told all of my friends, family, and coworkers to go vote for their favorite French fries….they were clearly going to be a bit biased. Especially those coworkers (although most were too lazy to go vote anyways)!
However, I believe that Bowser’s deserves a place on this list. You might argue that we don’t deserve the #4 spot, but that’s the beauty of having an opinion on something. (I still think Philly Originals got ripped off on these rankings.)
It’s All About Volume, Baby
One thing that no one can deny is that Bowser’s Restaurant sells A TON of French fires.
Literally. One ton. Every week.
In a typical week, we go through about 40 of these 50 pound boxes of No. 2 Idaho Potatoes. That adds up to 2,000 pounds, or one ton of delicious spuds.
Secrets of French Fry Success
We don’t have any gourmet toppings like The Ball Joint (they’re in the top 3), and we don’t do anything unique like Heirloom (his fries are so cool). But we do sell a lot of fries, so we must be doing something right.
There are two specific things that contribute to the quality of our fries. First, we soak them in water for generally about 24 hours before cooking them. This allows the water time to pull a good bit of the starchy junk (technical term) out of the fries and helps them cook better.
Another big thing that we do is change our grease…..a lot. Our fryers never see the same grease for more than a few days, and that fresh grease helps us avoid consistency problems.
Comments from the Voters
Two readers were nice enough to back me up and say some really cool things about our fries on their ballots:
It was tough to pick a favorite, but we (hubby & I) went with Bowser’s because we felt they have the best “naked” fries… fresh cut perfection.” – Kelley
I chose Bowsers as my #1 mainly because my girlfriend and I eat there almost every other weekend lol. I always get the “Chuck Noll” with a side of ranch dressing. It always hits the spot, the portion size is huge, you never leave hungry and you always leave with left overs to enjoy later…and hey you can’t beat the price either.” – Bill Hall
The Best French Fries in Beaver County
So let’s review our list to this point:
- Bowser’s Restaurant
- Bocktown Beer & Grill
- BeauCo Bistro
- Maple Restaurant
- Z-Pub & Diner
- Hollywood Gardens
- Bert’s Wooden Indian
Stay tuned for next week when we will announce the #4 Best French Fries in Beaver County.