By Magee Walker
I like fries, and so do many people. Most places in my price range offer a fry selection of sorts, but not all fries are created equal. After some strenuous research, I am pleased to present the following best of list. It’s no secret that for a town the size of Whistler, we have some pretty awesome restaurants. If you’re stoked on paying $20 for some soup, you have loads of options at some very fancy places. I prefer to spend my hard earned dollars on drinks and new goggles, so I have learned to appreciate the fine dining establishments that we have in different ways.
1. Best Yam Fries, and Best Fries Overall
Tucked away in the Upper Village is one of the raddest bars, the Fitzsimmons. It is located next to the cleverly named Ciao Thyme, which I assume serves the same yam fries as the Fitz. Prepare yourself for yam fries like no other: huge yam wedges made on the spot, perfectly soft on the inside while crispy on the outside. This is the fry as it was meant to be. An unforgettable experience.
2. Best Waffle Fries
Why are waffle fries not more commonplace? They are delicious and they have a novel shape! If you are fortunate enough to secure yourself a seat for some après at the GLC, do yourself a favour and order a side of the best waffle fries of Whistler.
3. Best Potato Wedges
I am a big fan of the wedge, and no place does it better than Dusty’s. A friend who used to work there told me that he has eaten so many that he can no longer look at one without feeling sick. I personally don’t believe that could ever happen. Perfect as a sidekick to a pulled pork sandwich, or a crowd pleaser if order on its own, the potato wedges at Dusty’s are aces.
4. Best Drunk Fries
The wise among us always leave a small cash reserve for the end of the night trip to Zogs. Nothing tastes better than piping hot fries after waiting in a ten minute line up to order, and another ten minute line up to receive the fries. Top them with some of those onions meant for the hot dogs, and sit on some cold steps in the snow and enjoy these bad boys. Be warned: Zogs actually closes, sometimes before you are ready to go home. More than once, I have left a bar with high hopes of Zogs, only to experience the heartbreak of a closed shop.
The internet tells me that Araxi serves some “truffled fries” that come with parmesan and chives. I have not had the pleasure of trying these, but if anyone wants to take me to Araxi, I will gladly give them a go.