Different countries, different names, same snack. We know them as French fries, chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes. They are the most popular fast food side dish of them all. The queen to the burger king! They are served hot and with a multitude of toppings, either as part of lunch or as a snack at bars and pubs. Find fast food with fries near me by entering the address in our form.
The etymology of the name is quite interesting. Thomas Jefferson was the first who used a similar term in 1802, at a White House dinner. When he called them “potatoes served in the French manner”. Later, the expression “French fried potatoes” appeared in 1856 in the book Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren but, as in said book the potatoes described are the thin, shallow-fried slices, it is not quite clear when the term started being applied to the deep fried ones we eat today.
Much like most fast food, the origins of this side dish are a little bit confused. There seems to be a general consensus about them being of francophone descent. Some people claim they first appeared in Belgium as far back as the 1680s. While others say they were invented in France (there is a longstanding dispute between France and Belgium on this topic). There are some, however, who are convinced a Spanish woman (Saint Teresa of Avila) was the first to cook them.
Whatever their origins may be, nowadays they are popular all over the world. With their biggest distributors being fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King and others. Other than the taste, their popularity is also largely due to their simple and quick preparation which makes them the perfect snack.