Cheese fries

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Cheese fries
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Alternative names Cheesy chips, chips and cheese
Type Fast food
Main ingredients French fries, cheese
Cookbook:Cheese fries  Cheese fries
Chili cheese fries
'Animal Fries' consisting of cheese, grilled onions, and spread on a regular order of fries at In-N-Out Burger, part of their "secret" menu.

Cheese fries are a popular fast food dish consisting of french fries covered in cheese, similar to the Canadian dish poutine, which is fries, cheese curds and gravy. They are known as cheesy chips or chips and cheese in the United Kingdom[citation needed]

Localized variations[edit]

  • Throughout the Southwest US, cheese fries are often covered in melted cheddar cheese, bacon bits, jalapeño slices, and chives and served with ranch dressing. Alternately, they are also served as carne asada fries.
  • It is likely that Cheese Fries made many independent debuts starting with the advent of Cheez Whiz in 1953. One early version of Cheese Fries was created by a young fry cook named Austin Ruse at the Dairy Queen on First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, Missouri in 1973. They were never placed on the menu but were available for special orders.
  • IN 1990, then President George H.W.Bush endorsed the cheese fries served at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Consisting of fresh cut french fries covered with a mix of melted, grated Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese and "special seasoning," Eskimo Joe's reports that it sells more than 7,000 plates of cheese fries per month.[1]
  • In Philadelphia, pizza fries are topped with melted mozzarella and served with pizza sauce on the side, while "Mega Fries" are topped with Cheddar (or sometimes Cheez Whiz) and mozzarella cheese and bacon. Usually served with a side of ranch dressing.[citation needed]
  • In New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey they are covered with American, Mozzarella, or Swiss cheese, then melted (properly broiled).
  • In New Jersey and certain New York City diners, Disco Fries are fries served with Mozzarella and brown gravy.
  • Willy's Cheesteaks in Red Bank, NJ was voted best cheese fries in the 2010 New Jersey Foodie Awards. Ironically, they were also voted Worst Cheesteak the same year.
  • Chilli cheese fries are cheese fries topped with Chili con carne. The cheese is usually either American or Cheddar. In Cincinnati, Ohio, they use their own Cincinnati chili for their Chilli cheese fries at the local chilli restaurants. In New Mexico, they use New Mexican Chile for their chilli cheese fries, often adding chopped lettuce, tomato, and olives as garnish.
  • In the Southeast, specifically Memphis, TN, cheese fries were created as an employee perk at 'Round the Corner Restaurant in the early 80's. An off-the-menu item created by head chef, Roy Webb for employees on lunch break. Hot, thin fries topped with finely shredded cheddar cheese served with a side of homemade ranch dressing.
  • In other parts of the US, nacho cheese is often used, especially in snack-stand type settings.
  • In Ireland a popular variation called "Taco Fries" consists of fresh cut chips covered in sub sauce and shredded Cheddar. Piled on top of the cheese are ground beef, tomato, peppers, onions, and various seasoning.
  • In Bulgaria, a common side dish offered in most restaurants consists of French fries, topped with grated or crumbled sirene.
  • Fast food chain Checkers/Rally's serves fries with toppings of cheese whiz and other items.
  • Fast food chain In-N-Out Burger serves "Animal Style Fries" which are covered in melted cheese, grilled onions, and Thousand Island dressing.
  • Some German "Imbisse" (fast food joints) serve a variation on chilli cheese fries with bolognese sauce instead of chilli.
  • In the Netherlands a dish named 'kapsalon' is served as fast food. This consist of fries covered with cheese, salad and shawarma or doner kebab. It is often consumed with large amounts of garlic sauce and/or chili sauce.
  • The United Kingdom chips and cheese are often served in pubs as a popular type of 'pub grub'. Preparation includes the pouring of cheddar sauce over chips or sprinkling cheddar over chips and then putting the dish under a grill.


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