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Are "fair fries" a regional thing?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23288 points ) May 8th, 2010

If you go to a fair or an outdoor festival type event here in Ohio, odds are if you go to buy french fries there will be a spray bottle full of vinegar sitting in the front. Recently, when one of my good friends came in from NYC, he was shocked to see that. He had never heard of eating vinegar on french fries before. So that made me wonder.. is it a regional thing?

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shego's avatar

I guess so, I have never heard of them, and I’m in CO. Sounds different, are they good?

tinyfaery's avatar

Never heard of it. I’m in CA.

shego's avatar

I guess it is like fry sauce, I never heard of it until I went to Ut, and it’s really good.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

They are good, yes. It’s like eating salt & vinegar potato chips… you spray the fries with vinegar and then salt them. We just call them fair fries. Wow.. I had no idea this wasn’t “normal”. haha.

Symbeline's avatar

People in Qu├ębec are quite fond of vinegar on fries. It’s very common here, and in France too.
It’s especially good with those fat greasy fries you get in outdoors eateries, rather than that poisonous garbage from fucking dumps like MacDick’s.

People here also enjoy mayo on fries.

Symbeline's avatar

I’m all hungry now.

DominicX's avatar

Eww…I hate vinegar…

Can’t say I’ve ever heard of that. Sounds regional to me.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@shego what’s fry sauce?
@Symbeline yes, we don’t eat vinegar on fast food fries… we eat it on the thicker cut, home made style of fries.

Symbeline's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie The best type of fries! :D

Fly's avatar

We do that all the time here in Maryland…I love it. They’re especially popular in Ocean City. A small chain of restaurants around here called Five Guys Burgers and Fries is known for their fries which they offer with mulled vinegar.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I guess it’s regional, but doesn’t really have a defined region. We had them all the time at the beaches in Delaware and Maryland.

shego's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie It’s some sort of sauce. I have no clue what it is but it is good, and goes great with fries. It is an option instead of ketchup. Basically everything west of Colorado has it., Like Jack in the Box, local burger places have it, and out in Ca, go to In and Out Burger.

faye's avatar

Somewhat popular in Alberta. I don’t like it but I do like mixing mayo and ketchup to dip them in.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I thought vinegar on fries was a Brit thing, from fish and chips. The first time I saw a squirt bottle of vinegar on the table was in a pub in London.

Draconess25's avatar

I’ve never seen fries at a fair. But the hot dogs & alcohol of root are great!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Wow, I can’t imagine not having fries at the fair.. there aren’t many vendors that DON’T sell fair fries here.

Draconess25's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Now I want something salty! And all we have in the house is sugar….

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

haha, me too. i am suddenly very hungry :P

Draconess25's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I’m not hungry, but I want food. But thinking about eating anymore makes me sick!

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Many Canadians appreciate French fries with vinegar. It is always odd to be unable to get vinegar with fries in the US.

mcbealer's avatar

I never heard of them till I had some at Boardwalk Fries at the mall. Turns out it’s very big up and down the eastern seaboard, especially in New England and the Mid-Atlantic at the French fry stands along the beach. I like the way it tastes, although at home we just use ketchup.

Seek's avatar

Yeah, it was my Brummie friend that introduced me to the joys of malt vinegar on my “chips”.

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