Exploring Milwaukee’s Best French Fries: Readers’ Top Picks

In a quest to uncover Milwaukee’s ultimate French fry destinations, we turned to you, our readers, for your passionate recommendations. After receiving an overwhelming response from over 100 fry aficionados, two standout spots emerged as the clear favorites, fueled in part by enthusiastic social media support.

Layman Brewing, nestled in West Allis at 6001 W. Madison St., captured hearts with its robust offering of hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, and the beloved loaded chili cheese fries.

One loyalist raved, “Your fry was a potato just moments before it became a fry,” extolling the freshness and artisanal quality that defines Layman’s culinary prowess. Sharing the limelight is I’ll Take A Bite Of That, a roaming gem often found at 10110 W. Metro Auto Mall in Milwaukee.

Known for its diverse menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, and a tantalizing array of loaded fries, this eatery delighted readers with options like the classic loaded fries crowned with lettuce, tomato, onion, giardiniera, and shredded cheese, as well as the indulgent BBQ chicken bacon ranch fries, drenched in Donnie Ray’s sweet heat sauce and ranch dressing.

“Best fries with the best toppings,” affirmed one loyal fan, encapsulating the sentiment of many.

Crave Café, a beloved fixture at 3592 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, claimed a respectable runner-up position. Renowned for its seasoned fries available in BBQ, cheddar, Cajun, and ranch varieties, Crave Café earned praise for achieving the perfect balance of crispy exterior and tender potato goodness, drawing admiration from readers who appreciate both flavor and texture in their fries.

Among the contenders vying for Milwaukee’s fry crown, Culver’s, synonymous with Wisconsin’s burger and custard culture, garnered significant acclaim, as did Oscar’s Pub & Grill at 1712 W. Pierce St. Known for its award-winning cheeseburgers, Oscar’s distinguished itself with crispy garlic parmesan fries that delighted discerning palates and solidified its reputation as a culinary destination.

Honorable mentions illuminated the diverse landscape of Milwaukee’s fry scene:

Bavette La Boucherie, located at 217 N. Broadway St., celebrated for its beef fat fries that offer a savory twist on a classic favorite.

Big Deal Burgers & Custard, situated at 1440 S. 84th St. in West Allis, where fries complement the beloved custard offerings.

Kopp’s Frozen Custard, with multiple locations across Milwaukee, known for consistently delivering on flavor and quality.

McDonald’s, a ubiquitous presence appreciated for its reliable and satisfying fries enjoyed across various locales.

Saint Bibiana, nestled at 1327 E. Brady St., distinguished for its flavorful fries that add zest to any meal.

Shawarma King, located at 2713 E. Bremen St., surprised and delighted with a unique take on fries that reflect its distinctive culinary perspective.

Together, these establishments form a tapestry of flavors and textures, each contributing a unique facet to Milwaukee’s rich tapestry of culinary delights. Whether you crave the comfort of classic fries or the excitement of innovative toppings, Milwaukee offers something special for every fry enthusiast.

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