1. McDonald’s, various locations
Location: Several locations in the Lima region.
Hours: Varies per location
Highlights: Golden on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside, McDonald’s french fries are in a league of their own. Made with quality potatoes and cooked in a canola oil blend, there are zero trans-fats. With just the right amount of salt, these french fries can be addictive!
2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Lima
Location: 3292 Elida Road, Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Highlights: These fries start out being cut fresh every day. Then a special cooking process where the fries are cooked not once but twice, results in a crispy, golden outside and a soft inside. Not to mention Five Guys Burgers and Fries is one of the only restaurants to cook their french fries in peanut oil.
3. Kewpee, Lima
Location: 111 N. Elizabeth St., 2111 Allentown Road, 1350 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima
Phone: Elizabeth St.: 419-228-1778; Allentown Road: 419-227-9791; Bellefontaine Ave.: 419-229-1358
Hours: Elizabeth St.: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday; Allentown Road: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 11p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; Bellefontaine Ave.: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: A Lima institution, Kewpee is well-known for their food. Their french fries are no exception. The quick turnover ensures that the fries you get will always be fresh. Cut thick, they are crispy golden on the outside with a soft center. They go perfectly with a malt and cheeseburger.
Honorable Mentions: Happy Daz, Lima; Wendy’s, Lima; J’s American Pub, Lima