Sherman's Food Adventures: Fritz European Fry House

Fritz European Fry House

What can I say? I love French fries! In fact, they are probably one of my favourite foods. I think I've mentioned this before; but I would eat some really good fries over lobster. No kidding! I've eaten some pretty darn good fries lately and some of my favourites include McD's, Salade de Fruits, Belgian Fries and Go Fish. Hey don't give me heck about McD's, the fries are indeed good. Also, I must mention that once I saw a negative review on Dinehere regarding the Pomme Frites at Salade de Fruits. The reviewer suggested they replace them with McCain fries. Dude, what are you smoking??? Anyways, I vaguely remember trying Fritz European Fry House a long time ago when I lived in downtown. It was a about time I returned to do a comparison.

With very little parking available on a Fryday night (sorry for the pun), I got Rich Guy to circled the block while I picked up our order. It's a good thing he was with me since there literally was no parking at all. I decided to get a small Poutine and a small Fries with Chipotle Mayo. The woman behind the counter must've noticed my DSLR because she offered to give me the eat-in version with the mayo in a separate cone, even though I was getting take out. Essentially, she helped me "stage" the fries for my picture. How considerate of her! After I finished taking my shots, she packed up my mayo in a take out cup. It's so nice to run into people who actually want to help you (since it's good publicity for the store anyways). This is in stark contrast to the staff at Anna's who were not happy with my picture taking at all.

Both Rich Guy and I agreed that the mayo was fantastic. Exhibiting a smoky spiciness, it was not a feeble attempt; rather it was a kick in the pants flavour rush. The fries weren't bad, they were adequately crisp. That's not to say they weren't any good; I just like them crunchier. The poutine didn't look all that appetizing at first glance with it's pale gravy. However, it did taste a lot better than the colour. A tad on the salty side, the gravy was able to melt all the cheese curds. In terms of being the best poutine in the GVRD, I'm not sure if Fritz nor Belgian Fries can make that claim. I still liked the one from Chambar (albeit a different class of restaurant). With that being said, it was solid and I wouldn't hesitate to go back for more.

The Good:
- Reasonably-priced
- Open really late
- Quality stuff

The Bad:
- Maybe it's just me, but I would've preferred crispier fries
- Just walk there, you won't find parking

Fritz European Fry House on Urbanspoon

14 comments:

Follow Me Foodie said...

The classic hangover/after clubbing food...try the curry mayo dip! I like satay sauce..I had these all the time when I was living in The Netherlands..they're everywhere...probably becuase we're so close to Belgium.

But satay sauce was always my go to.

Sherman said...

Nice, you were in the Netherlands? So how do the fries here compare?

Jenny said...

oh.. I love fries... but they are so bad for your health. Oh well, it's winter, I guess I will go try and worry about the rest later.. hehe ;P

trisha said...

wow, look at all those condiments!i like my fries with honey mustard sauce - looks like i could get that there. i agree with you on mcdonalds too... those fries are deelish.

Sherman said...

Yah, fries are not healthy at all. But what the hey...

Condiments are what completes the fries! Yum!

KimHo said...

Life is too short to eat bad food. Enjoy the good ones whlie you can! :D

Anonymous said...

You went to Fritz but didn't get a poutine! And you call yourself a Canadian! :-P

Sherman said...

??? But I did get a poutine...

Anonymous said...

Serves me right for not reading the whole article... I missed the last part! My bad!

Sherman said...

LOL, no worries!

Karl said...

Hey Sherman...it seems a lot of higher end restaurants rely on Sysco et al for their fry supply. The quality and consistency has improved to the point that it`s no longer necessary to hand-cut, blanch and re-fry. Even Costco is putting out a great fry!

Sherman said...

Oh I don't doubt it Karl. I like Costco fries and also this place I visited in Surrey recently. It was prepackaged, but they were darn good. With that being said, I still don't see how someone could imply that McCain's Superfries would be a good replacement for a French restaurant that prides itself on their fresh pomme frites.

Watch Me Eat said...

I really want to try poutine one day...

Sherman said...

You gotta try it, it's artery-clogging tastiness.