Best French Fries

Pike Street Fish Fry

Come closing time, especially on weekends, Pike Street Fish Fry is full of people eager to get their drunken paws on catfish sandwiches and battered halibut. But the French fries are just as good as—if not better than—the seafood, and are just as tasty at lunch when you're (presumably) completely sober. The potatoes are soaked, sliced, and blanched by hand, then served in a paper cone and accompanied by your choice of housemade sauce (the curry ketchup is awesome). The result is perfection: French fries free of excess grease that are as crisp on the outside as they are mealy inside. And just when you think it can't get any better, from 5 to 7 p.m. every third Friday of the month, Pike Street Fish Fry serves 'em for free. ERIKA HOBART 925 E. Pike St., 329-7453,

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