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15 of Our Favorite Fries, Sodas, and Shakes to Pair with Cheeseburgers

As you already know by now, we love a good cheeseburger. And we love everything that comes along with the cheeseburger. The sodas, the milkshakes, the fries. Depending on our moods, we may want to wash it down with a cola or a maple-bacon shake. And while fries are classic, sometimes it's necessary to pair the cheeseburger with a basket of just-fried tater tots. How about you—what are your favorite things to eat and drink along with a cheeseburger? More

Apps Only: Nopa in San Francisco

Nopa, often credited with remaking (and re-naming) the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco, showcases the glories of California cuisine: an emphasis on seasonal produce, close ties to local farms, and a casual, come-as-you-are vibe. We went for an apps-only meal of fries, calamari, flatbread, little fried fish, and more. More

TGI Fry-Day: Togarashi Spiced Fries from Belly Shack

The pale fries themselves evoke straight-from-the-fryer McDonald's: delicately crisp on the outside, pillowy on the inside, and just as addictive. The fries are tossed in togarashi, a Japanese chili pepper blend that usually contains, among other things, red chili pepper, sansho, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, ground ginger, and nori. Garnished with finely julienned cilantro and served with a curry mayonnaise, these fries do their best to evade establishing any sort of flavor frame of reference. More

Standing Room Only: Phil's Last Stand

The first thing you see when you walk into Phil's Last Stand on Chicago Avenue is Phil, or as he likes to refer to himself online, Fat Phil. Like Doug Sohn (Hot Doug's) and Eddie Lakin (Edzo's) before him, Phil always stands guard, taking every order, and making as many jokes as possible. While that obviously ensures a fun and freewheeling vibe, it's main advantage is quality control. Nothing gets by Phil without his approval. That turns out to be a very good thing. More

We Eat Every Dipping Sauce at Pommes Frites

If you've ever been (or known) an NYU student, or if you've ever wandered around the East Village at midnight looking for a carb fix, you'll know Pommes Frites. The hole-in-the-wall on Second Avenue sells thick-cut Belgian fries served in paper cones, golden and crunchy and always hot. But while there's only one real order—the fries, of course—there are a few dozen sauces to choose from, ranging from simple ketchup and mayonnaise to stranger dips like wasabi mayo and "Irish Curry." Which ones are worth your time? We tasted them all to find out. More

Standing Room Only: Al's Under the "L" Hot Dogs & Polish

As you can tell, Al's Under the "L" Hot Dogs & Polish isn't literally underneath the L, but the whole building does shake when the train rolls by, and that's good enough for me. Featuring a menu of Chicago classics, including minimalist-style hot dogs and Polish sausages loaded with caramelized onions, Al's feels like the kind of place that's been around for years. More

Fast Food: Burger King Onion Rings and Chicken Fries

For all my potato love, I've never been a big French fry man. For some reason I associate them with fussy, ketchup-stained children and anemic college vegetarians. Therefore, I've always preferred Burger King to McDonald's, because I like the onion ring option. Waiting at the cash register, I learned that BK also sells something called Chicken Fries. More

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