Where to get crinkle cut fries? [General]

Nov 9
Where can one get crinkle cut fries in Ottawa?

Shake Shack is famous for them but we don't have one. I remember lots of places serving them in my childhood (typically in rectangular yellow pressed-cardboard trays). The cafeteria at UVic used to sell heaping plates of crinkle cut fries for a paltry sum, leaving room in the budget for a ladle of gravy.

Sure, I could buy the frozen ones and cook them at home, but oven fries suck and deep frying makes too much of a mess/smell. I'd rather have them out somewhere as a treat!

On a related note, I never understood why some people are against frozen fries. I see the distinction to be a little like dry vs. fresh pasta ó there are culinary benefits to each. Freezing dehydrates the fries, increasing the nooks and crannies on the surface and encouraging crispness. Crinkle-cutting takes these benefits a step further by increasing the surface area to volume ratio and introducing lots of corners where things can get nice and crispy.

Is there an old school diner or something that still offers this sort of fry?

Nov 9
I too am a fan of the crinkle cut fry-style, and can't recall anyplace in Ottawa that sells them, but I might not be going to the right places. Maybe when Chick-fil-A (eventually) comes to Ottawa you can try their waffle fries (same increased surface area = increased crispiness concept); I thought they were good.


Nov 10
Is there an Irving Big Stop anywhere around here? All the ones Iíve been to have them.
Donít get me started on the fresh vs frozen thing.

Nov 10
Pembroke Big Stop
1751 Paul Martin Drive, Pembroke, ON
613-735-1066

Nov 10
I can't remember where I last had some in Ottawa, but Benny & Co. serves them. They have a location in Orleans but the ones in Hull are easier to get to for anyone west of St. Laurent.

Nov 11
There is a reddit thread in the Ottawa subreddit that says Mary Brownís Chicken and Taters will be opening in Kanata in December. Also, another location opening up somewhere along Carling Ave.

and yes Mary Brown's does waffle fries