Denver's ten best French fries

Those fries from Tarbell's are some of our favorites.
Those fries from Tarbell's are some of our favorites.
Mark Manger

We're hedonists here at Café Society, and there are few things we love more than fried food. So we eat fries all over the city, delighting in both the pure form -- tubers fried crispy and expertly salted -- and the fancy kind that feature special dippers or smother the spuds in something delicious.

Jonesy's EatBar The crew at Jonesy's makes excellent versions of both: We'd stick the golden-brown potato strips right in our arteries if we could, and we're equally enamored of the mac & cheese fries, which drowns those same fries in a creamy, savory roux, then adds grated cheddar, bits of smoky bacon and chives. That delight earned Jonesy's the Best French Fries award in the Best of Denver 2011.

But those aren't the only excellent fries in the Mile High City. Here are nine more favorites for your artery-clogging pleasure:

Tarbell's Tarbell's got our nod forBest Burger this year, and the fries that come with the American Classic Burger, a monstrous meat sandwich, are worth a mention, too. Thin and wispy, the strips of potato get fried extra crispy and salted just right.

Cheeky Monk This corner bar on Colfax wins us over with the sheer quantity of Belgian ales available, but every time we stop by, we can't resist ordering fries to munch while we drink. The thin, crispy frites come with garlic aioli if you order them on their own or as a side with a sandwich -- but we like them best in a bowl full of mussels

Steuben's How do you make fried food even better? Smother it in gravy and cheese, of course. Which is exactly what earned Steuben's our Best Gravy Fries nod this year. Blocky tubers come out of the fryer and onto the plate, where they get coated in heavy country gravy and cheese, then baked until satisfying scorched bubbles begin to appear on top.

The Kitchen The Kitchen wins us over with its rendition of thick cut fries for two reasons. First, the kitchen fries those suckers brown and so crispy that the crusty casing gives way to soft potato flesh within. Second, you can also get garlic fries at this joint, which means those hunks of tuber are doused in garlic butter, making them as addictive as crack.

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