A French Fries Tour of Downtown Jersey City

It’s safe to say that no matter where you decide to go for dinner, if fries are on the menu, you’ve won the dinner game. Whether at a dive bar or fancy restaurant, it’s hard to deny the irresistible taste of a fried, crispy potato paired with a smooth dipping sauce. We’ve done all of the heavy lifting and tried some clutch spots in downtown Jersey City for French fries {it was a hard task, but someone had to do it} — see where we went on our French fries tour of downtown Jersey City:

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Just BeClaws {280 1st Street}

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Known for their extensive seafood menu, this Jersey City staple serves up a variety of French fries that are both Creole and ocean-inspired. We tried the Cajun fries during our visit and dayummmm. They were just spicy enough to feel the heat, but not too overpowering — nice and crispy on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. Our server recommended trying the cheese sauce with the fries and he was spot-on. Be sure to check out their other varieties like JB Fries {served with lemon aioli and crab meat — YUM} or a Maryland classic like Old Bay Fries.

Left Bank Burger {194 Newark Avenue}

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When the restaurant has an entire section devoted to different types of fries on their menu, you know it must be good. Just around the corner from Just BeClaws is Left Bank Burger. With a sports bar/pub feel, this restaurant is great for catching up with a group of friends, watching the game or just grabbing a quick, filling plate to eat. We opted for the Jersey Devil Fries which are piled high with buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles. The perfect combination of our two favorite bar bites, this dish was just like us Jersey Girls — spicy and satisfying.

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The Archer {176 Newark Avenue}

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This is one of our favorite spots in JC for a cocktail, so naturally we had to stop here during our tour. A swanky feel with some fun decor that will make you feel like you’re in NYC, their fries are equally as noteworthy. Our waitress did recommend the Duck Poutine fries {which looked incredible}, but given this was the third stop the trip, the classic fries were what hit the spot. In true The Archer fashion, they know how to kick up even the most traditional dish a notch. The fries are served with a creamy tomato aioli instead of basic ketchup — and we sure didn’t mind.

Grove Corner Café & The Bistro {116 Newark Avenue}

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In this truffle fry showdown, we call a tie. Both Grove Corner Café and The Bistro serve truffle fires and are just steps away from the Grove St. PATH Station, making them super easy pit stops after a long day at work. Truffle fries are an important part of any fry tour, so we made sure to try two orders. Truffle oil can be a bit tricky because you can’t really taste it if there’s not enough or it becomes overpowering if there’s too much. But these restaurants have the fry to oil ratio down to a science. Both orders were garnished generously with parmesan and parsley to finish off the perfect bite.

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The fry possibilities are endless. We made it to five restaurants in our one-night fries tour, but Jersey City is packed with tons of great spots for some delicious #eeeeeats. At the Miss America Diner, you can choose from Greek, disco, sweet potato and even curly fries. Or grab a side of fries at Fire & Oak Restaurant or Dorrian’s when you order one of their juicy burgers. If BBQ is more your style, take a trip to Hamilton Pork and grab classic or cheese fries on the side. Literally endless.

What’s your favorite Jersey City spot to grab fries? Share with us in the comments!

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Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!