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UPDATED 7/10/24

Whos’ Got The Best French Fries In New Jersey? This list has 25 places that qualify.

The French and the Belgians have an ongoing dispute about where fries were invented.

According to Wikipedia, Fries were first mentioned in 1775 in a Parisian book, and the first recipe for modern French fries is in the French cookbook La Cuisinière Républicaine in 1795. They became an emblematic Parisian dish in the 19th century.

The BBC Travel page has a story written by Emily Monaco about who really invented French fries. In the article, Emily states that Common lore claims that the original fry was born in Namur in francophone Belgium, where the locals were particularly fond of fried fish.

When the River Meuse froze over one cold winter in 1680, people ostensibly fried potatoes instead of the small fish they were accustomed to, and the fry was born.

Proponents of this story claim that this Belgian town is not only the source of the French fry, but indeed, of its name: American soldiers, stationed in the francophone region during World War I, allegedly dubbed the potatoes ‘French fries’, and the common (if slightly imprecise) moniker was born.

In a land far away in the state of New Jersey, people are grateful for French fries and are insistent that they know where to get the best fries in the state.

I asked subscribers on a few food lover’s sites to tell me where in the state of New Jersey one can get the best fries. That was fun and eye-opening as well.

Time to share people’s picks for the best fries in the great Garden State.

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