Dip them in ketchup, drown them in gravy, cover them in parmesan cheese and truffle oil – but no matter how you like them, make sure you get some fries on National French Fry Day!
There are endless spots around the state to get some freshly cut, straight-from-the-fryer appetizers. Diners, bowling alleys (think zesty curly fries), stadiums and boardwalks all sell these salty, crunchy slivers of fried potato goodness.
Here are some places in New Jersey where you can get a special batch of fries on July 13. McDonald’s and Wendy’s are offering free fries, too!
1314 Washington St., Hoboken
Choose from hand-cut pecorino or Old Bay fries, or try their hand-cut truffle fries with romano and black pepper.
199 Route 37 East, Toms River
To accompany a selection of 25 burgers and sandwiches on the menu, there are so many types of fries. Boardwalk fries are seasoned and served with housemade garlic ranch. Disco boardwalk fries have cheese, gravy and housemade shredded pot roast. Philly fries are topped with cheesesteak, sauteed onions and cheese. Old Bay crab fries have Old Bay seasoning on top, plus garlic ranch dressing. Loaded monster fries are a double order of fries topped with cheese, sour cream and bacon. Nashville Hot Fries are boardwalk fries topped with coleslaw, Nashville hot chicken, Come Back Sauce and pickles. Or, try double boardwalk cheese, gravy boardwalk, buffalo, cheese or sweet potato fries.
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Pete’s signature fries are tossed in a secret blend of spices and served with two sides of famous, one-of-a-kind white creamy cheese sauce.
Morey’s Piers, Wildwood
Curley’s has been a boardwalk staple since 1974. Stop by either location to find out why visitors wait in line for the world-famous fries and lemonade shakeups.
Grand Lux Cafe
Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Your mouth starts to water when you think of pot roast cheese fries: french fries topped with chunks of tender pot roast smothered with gravy and a cheddar cheese sauce.
The Jefferson Diner
5 Bowling Green Parkway, Lake Hopatcong
Try the pizza fries with melted mozzarella and marinara, chili cheddar fries topped with chili and cheddar cheese, disco fries topped with mozzarella and brown gravy, regular diner fries, criss-cut waffle fries or sweet potato fries.
120 Manalapan Ave., Freehold
Although Bruce Springsteen loves this spot for the ice cream, crinkle cut, waffle, cheese and sweet potato fries (with maple marshmallow dipping sauce) are all popular on the menu inside the restaurant. The SOB is a combination of fries and onion rings.
Jilly’s French Fry Factory
1034 Boardwalk, Ocean City
These fresh-cut french fries are crispy and golden brown on the outside, soft on the inside, made to order and served piping hot. While you’re there, try other fried deliciousness such as deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried candy bars and the classic funnel cake.
Keris Potato Farm & Fry Co.
The Keris Family is well-known for its Christmas tree farm, but also sells their fresh cut fries at local farmers markets and events.
2 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood
You can order plain fries or Kajun fries, or be daring and try BBQ fries with pork and cheese and scallions, or Cholander fries with pork, kimchi, cheese and scallions.
48 Route 9, Manalapan
Try the French Fry Board, which comes with a medley of curly, french, waffle and sweet potato fries. Dipping sauces include ranch, BBQ, chipotle mayo and honey mustard.
McDonald’s will give away free orders of large fries on July 13, no purchase necessary. However, the free fries can only be ordered through the McDonald’s app, and customers must be members of the chain’s loyalty program. Also, enjoy free medium fries with any $1 minimum Mobile Order & Pay purchase, only in the app, on Fridays through the end of the year.
The hand-cut Idaho potato French fries are gluten-free, though be aware of possible cross contamination during the frying process. There are also sweet potato fries and housemade potato chips available. Try a side of the green chile queso. Options come in personal, shareable or family size–we know which size we would choose. Just sayin.
652 Boardwalk, Ocean City
If you can look past the homemade empanadas on the menu, there is an entire section devoted to fries: small fries, medium fries, large fries, Old Bay fries, small curly fries, large curly fries, sweet potato fries … and a side of Monterrey Jack cheese.
Tick Tock Diner
281 Allenwood Road at Route 3 West, Clifton
The disco fries with brown gravy and mozzarella served up here are known throughout the state.
During Fry Week, the chain is offering free fries with specific purchases that will change each day this week. Wendy’s recently reformulated fries are only free if ordered through its app and customers have to be part of the brand’s digital loyalty program.
White Rose Hamburgers
Mix it up at this beloved spot with cheese fries, chili cheese fries or even bacon cheese fries.
Windmill Hot Dogs
Aside from frankfurters, Windmill is also known for its award-winning fries. When you know, you know.
The Wing Kitchen
6 Shoppers Ln., Unit A, Turnersville
Don’t let the name fool you: you can still get awesome fries here. Firecracker dry rub, cheese and even wing sauce top the potatoes, created by Chef Tim, a Food Network “Chopped” champion. They’re also known for their donuts here so top off your meal with some dessert.