Best Fries in Town


Darien Hamilton, Staff Writer

There are few items on the menus of franchises that span nations more beloved than the french fry. While shakes and drinks are controversial in their own right, fries are more debated on which restaurant has the best. Some of the bigger companies prefer to mix it up with different flavorings and toppings, while others prefer to keep it simple. This can cause different food places to have multiple types of fries which creates a plethora of options. Many factors can determine the quality of a fry, such as price, size, and taste.

Ben Goddard, a junior here at American Heritage School, prefers Macdonald’s fries, which typically range from one to two dollars depending on state and size. This is much cheaper than the average fry at other restaurants. For reference, the average price of plain fries from other(individual) restaurants are such; Chick-fil-A: $2.00, Arby’s: $2.50, Wendy’s: $2.10, In-N-Out: $2.00, Carl’s Jr.: two to three dollars, Burger King: $2.1. The data shown indicates that McDonald’s is very cheap comparatively. However, the amount of cents per gram of fry you get compare as such: McDonalds: 1.76, Wendy’s: 1.741, Chick-fil-A: 1.5, Arby’s 1.5, In-N-Out 1.5, Carl’s Jr: 0.19, Burger King: 0.49. This data provides a paradigm shift, as McDonald’s are on the more expensive side, as they are cheaper but provide way less fries. This shows the genius marketing that mega-corporations create, as Goddard listed the low price as one of the factors of why he likes their fries.

Another marketing strategy that companies use is different shaped containers for fries to provide an illusion of surplus. In many cases, smaller sizes get you more bang for your buck, and in extreme cases, smaller sizes can have more fries and be cheaper. Arbys has forty percent more fries in the medium than the large, despite the large being on average 23 cents more expensive. The result being up to five grams more of fries, likely because the thinner box creates less fry fill percentage, as the shape of the fries show less empty space when the packaging is wider and not taller. Usually, the larger servings have more space between fries, but the majority of the time, the extra size makes up for it. 

In conclusion, the best size is most likely going to be the medium at your favorite restaurant, as the price markup usually evens out the price, causing, most often, for the medium size to be the better deal.