Best French Fries in the U.S.
Thrasher’s, Ocean City, MD
It may have something to do with the salty air, but there’s a certain je ne sais quoi in a boardwalk fry that just can’t be found elsewhere—and Thrasher’s has been preserving and protecting that quality for the last 80-plus years. No wonder there’s always a wait. It’s hard to beat a bucket of hand-cut spuds that have been fried in peanut oil with skins on, especially when served with nothing more than a little salt and vinegar. Purists believe there’s no messing around with the fry’s intense potato flavor, so if you really want ketchup you’ll have to bring it yourself. And while you’re at it, invite a few friends to share: Thrasher’s smallest fry order is a 16-ounce bucket, and its largest is a whopping 53.