The 10 Best Places for French Fries in Illinois!

While some may think of French fries as merely a side dish to complement a burger or sandwich, others consider fries a dish worthy of full attention. Some restaurants in Illinois share the same respect for fries by serving them with lots of delicious toppings, making them suitable for a meal in itself. Whether you prefer regular hand-cut fries alongside your sandwich or a big pile of cheese fries with chili, bacon, or caramelized kimchi, these restaurants are sure to satisfy your craving for fries.

1. Edzo’s Burger Shop, Evanston, IL

Known for their fantastic fries, Edzo’s Burger shop offers a wide variety of fries including buffalo and garlic fries. They serve everything from plain cheese fries to loaded fries topped with bacon, onions, sour cream, and cheese. Don’t forget to try their “Angry Fries” if you’re up for some serious spice. 

2. BopNGrill, Chicago, IL

This Korean fast food joint is known for their kimchi fries, which feature caramelized kimchi with scallions, bacon, cheese sauce, truffle, and sesame seeds. They also serve cheese fries, bacon cheese fries, and regular fries. Customers also dig the burgers and sandwiches at this counter-serve restaurant. 

3. U.B. Dogs, Chicago, IL

You just can’t go wrong with U.B. Dogs in Chicago. This counter-serve joint has some of the finest hot dogs and burgers in the city, if not the entire state. Their hand-cut fries are also outstanding, and they offer chili cheese fries made with homemade chili. Patrons love the large portions and reasonable prices. 

4. Paradise Pup, Des Plaines, IL

Paradise Pup is a no-frills, cash-only joint featuring some of the best burgers, fries, and shakes in the area. Customers love the three-layer fries and the friendly service. Come here if you’re ready to indulge in greasy goodness without any regrets. 

5. Johnny's Beef & Gyros, Chicago and Joliet, IL

Got a craving for chili cheese fries? Look no further than Johnny’s Beef & Gyros. They also serve Greek fries, volcano fries, and other gourmet fries. This small joint is also known for their burger and gyros, which many patrons believe are the best in the city. 

6. Jody’s Hot Dogs, Joliet and Morris, IL

If you love hand-cut fries, check out Jody’s Hot Dogs. Although widely known for their Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, Jody’s also offers a great selection of famous fries to satisfy any craving for fries. They serve garlic fries, chili cheese fries, loaded cheese fries, Cajun fries, and more. 

7. Steak & Fries, Peoria, IL

For some of the best Philly sandwiches in Peoria, visit Steak & Fries. What lacks in their dining atmosphere is made up by their fresh-cut fries and cheese fries, which are delicious and addicting. They cook the fries (and all food) to order, so they’re always fresh and made exactly how customers prefer. 

8. Mike's Drive-In, West Frankfort, IL

This old-fashioned drive-in is primarily known for serving great burgers and root beer, but they also offer some tasty cheese fries. Mike’s Dive-In has been in business for decades and has a rather large following of local patrons. The staff is also very friendly including the owners, cooks, and carhops. 

9. Big & Little’s Restaurant, Chicago, IL

With three locations in the Chicago area, Big & Little’s Restaurant is a local favorite due to their tacos and burgers. They also serve special fries worth noting as they’re available in many flavors including truffle, kimchi, Cajun, and more. Don’t forget to try their special sauces including the spicy sauces on the fries, as well. 

10. Big Boy Submarine, Chicago Heights, IL

Everyone agrees the butter garlic cheese fries at Big Boy Submarine are on point. This counter-serve joint has been serving up subs, gyros, and sandwiches for years, so they have large fan base. Patrons love the large portions with toppings piled on high. 

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