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In light of Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau's french fry post with the best of local gourmet fries, we got to thinking: Where are the best places for humble fries? You know, the kind of french fries you eat if you're out at a bar with friends, bowling or looking for a late-night snack. Plus, just because some fries may come pre-cut and frozen doesn't automatically mean …

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There might not be a more common American foodstuff than the french fry — which is why uncommon fries are a draw of their own. Frozen fries shaken out of a bag into a deep-fryer can be good. But the greatest fries of all are made from fresh potatoes, carefully crafted for the perfect crisp-tender bite. These are destination fries, worth the trip by themselves. Fri…

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One round of contestants attempted to eat as much Allen Street Poutine as possible in a span of five minutes, with the winner receiving half of the entrance fee, and the other half benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care. See shots from the competition on Allen Street.

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One wonders about the conversation between U.S. customs officers and Canadian restaurateurs Jake Fraser and Konstantine Kentros as they crossed the border to open Allen Street Poutine Company. We like to imagine border patrol granting them immediate access and the keys to the city after tasting this Quebec import of fresh-cut fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Pouti…

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On Friday, two Canadian restaurateurs from Fort Erie are opening a restaurant specializing in authentic poutine. Why would they cross an international border to offer the Quebecois French-fry classic? “Because you don’t have poutine, that’s why,” said Jake Fraser, an owner. He ran a seasonal poutine stop called Beachside Poutine in Sherkston. The other owner, Konstantine …

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French fries have long been one of the basic American food groups, judged by sheer tonnage consumed in these United States. Why did it take so long for their intoxicatingly crispy potential to be properly exploited in Buffalo? Hot on the heels of the news that Just Fries will open on Genesee Street, a second french-fry-centered eatery called Get Fried has announced that i…

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Don Warfe, an owner of the former upscale eateries Just Pasta and Brodo, has decided to go down-market with his newest restaurant, called Just Fries. The former purveyor of scallops with grilled pink grapefruit, fennel and blood orange vinaigrette will be offering a french-fry-centered menu, with no waiter in sight. The place will be at 9 Genesee St., a “tiny little place…