We’ve chosen 8 great burger joints in Southwest Riverside County, but what about the best side dishes?
Read on for eight great places to stop for delectable, buttery, smothered fries…close to home, or worth the drive:
Just an hour south of Temecula at the major league headquarters of the San Diego Padres, stop by a Bay View Grill for Garlic Fries. The aroma fills the stadium with a buttery, garlic aroma and just might be enjoyed best at the Park at the Park.
This sports bar franchise offers up that same garlicky, delectable delight that you would find from Dodgers Stadium to Petco Park. Their fries are self-described on their website as “tossed in sautéed Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese. Breath mints not included.”
They might not call them French fries in this Irish pub, but the Irish Nachos on the appetizer menu do the trick. Enjoy a platter of rich, crispy Irish style chips (fries) smothered in melted cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Add a side of ranch dressing for a bite of Heaven.
This Old Town Temecula eatery offers unique Mediterranean flavors, and their Gyro Fries are bountiful enough to feed two with gyro meat, cheese, onions, green, peppers, peperoncinis, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, topped with a creamy, cucumber tzatziki and dusted with parsley.
If Cajun food is more your flair, head over to Temecula’s Da Bayou for a basket of Cajun and Creole spiced fries, or sweet, crispy and delicious Sweet Potato Fries, served as a perfect pair with crispy popcorn chicken or the shrimp basket, or just as a delectable side from this local hot spot.
If you’d rather have fries while dining by the vines, head out to Temecula wine country for tapas at Callaway’s Meritage. Enjoy a hearty portion of crispy steak fries served with Parmesan, parsley, and a peppercorn aioli sauce. According to the menu, this pairs with Callaway’s reserve Merlot.
Another beautiful Temecula wine country venue known for its fries is Leonesse Cellars. The atmosphere is romantic, but the food and fries are something truly special.
If a good, old-fashioned diner is your style, head to Richie’s Diner in Temecula or Murrieta for 50s-style malts, burgers, and fries good enough to drown in ketchup, ranch, or whatever your flavor.
Finally, no French fry list would be complete without the McDonald’s to In and Out Burger comparison.
Which is for you — the steaming hot, out of the fryer McDonald’s fries? Or In and Out’s fresh, never frozen, eat-in-the-car style of fries?
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Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.