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Burger King's Classic Fries

Burger King's fries aren't great. They required salt to be worth the calories. While they were slightly crunchy, the inside was so thick and potatoey that the texture was odd.

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I could only finish these if they were covered in dipping sauce. I think most of the fries in our taste test were better than Burger King's, but none were flawless.

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Chick-fil-A's Waffle Potato Fries

I like Chick-fil-A's fries, but they're often poorly executed. The fries were undersalted and crunchy. These were bland without salt or sauce.

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McDonald's World Famous Fries

McDonald's' low rating is contentious, but I didn't make it lightly. McDonald's fries depend on execution like Chick-fil-A. They might top the charts when fresh, hot, and salted.

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They're one of the worst fast-food fries when they're old, undercooked, or unseasoned. Unfortunately, my batch resembled the latter. Though more seasoned than Chick-fil-A and Wendy's fries, they weren't crispy and required salt.

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Popeyes' Cajun Fries

Popeyes' fries are a good alternative to mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. The crunchy surface and soft, fluffy inside of these fried potatoes were delicious.

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The fries' crispy crispness lasted an hour, unlike the lower-ranked fries. Popeyes' fries were good, but the seasoning blend was hard to pick out. The salt levels were ideal, though.

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Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries

I like Wendy's fries because they're usually wonderful. The batch I got might have used more time in the fryer to crisp up, but they had a fantastic texture and were perfectly salted. I enjoy Wendy's consistent flavor and execution.

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KFC's Secret Recipe Fries

I've never tasted KFC fries, but they were amazing. KFC's fries were salty and delicious, unlike most fast-food businesses.

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Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. These were only somewhat greasier than the winner. Still great!

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Shake Shack's Fries

Shake Shack's fries were perfect, so despite the stiff competition, they were the clear victor. I think thicker fries need to be very crispy and salted to taste right.

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Shake Shack nailed both requirements. Even after sitting out for a bit, they were still crispy and tasted wonderful. I didn't need ketchup or sauce to enjoy them, but their crinkled surface helps absorb sauce.

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