Who's got the best French fries in the Hudson Valley?

There are so many options out there in the Hudson Valley area to get good French fries. In previous years, National French Fry Day was celebrated annually on July 13, recognizing a staple food on menus across the country. But an online petition asking National Day Calendar to move the day to the second Friday in July so that the day would always fall on a Fry-day, was successful, and this year it will fall on July 14. Not everyone is buying into the change though according to USA Today, including McDonald's, who are offering deals on Thursday, July 13.

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We asked the Hudson Valley who has the best French fries and got a huge response! This past April, we covered Best Cheese Fries in the Hudson Valley and Joe's Dairy Bar in Hopewell Junction took the top spot overwhelmingly. We've compiled a list of the Top 5 best French fries in the Hudson Valley.

Top 5 Best French Fries in the Hudson Valley

5. Hopewell Inn

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Hopewell Inn is the oldest bar in Dutchess County dating back to the late 1800s and they were recently voted number 1 recently on our list of Top 5 Hudson Valley Dive Bars. Not only great burgers at Hopewell Inn along with other great options (all very reasonably priced), but the Boardwalk Fries are also a popular favorite. Fried, seasoned, and served with pub cheese. The Boardwalk Fries make our list at number 5.

4. Buns Burgers

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Buns Burgers, with locations in Kingston, Rhinebeck, and Saugerties, was voted "Best Hidden Gem Burger Joint" by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2017. Buns Burgers is pushing the farm-to-table movement into quick-service dining. Their hand-cut fries make our list at number 4.

3. Tavern 23

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Tavern 23 in Poughkeepsie strives to create delicious and remarkable food that meets the highest standards of quality and freshness while combining modern-creative and traditional styles of cooking. Tavern 23's French fries make our list at number 3.

2. Five Guys

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Five Guys fast food chain has been making hand-crafted burgers and fries since 1986, and in 2022 has nearly a dozen locations in the Hudson Valley alone. Five Guys takes the number 2 spot on our list with their freshly made boardwalk-style fries. Original or Cajun style, these fries are tough to beat.

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1. McDonald's

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McDonald's, the number 1 fast food restaurant in the country, overwhelmingly took the number 1 spot for Best Hudson Valley French Fries. Five Guys, another chain, wasn't too far behind as a close second. The Hudson Valley loves their fast food French fries evidently, especially classic McDonald's fries.

Hudson Valley's Most Fabulous French Fries

Updated with a new find from the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. This is just the Tip of the Iceberg when it comes to finding delicious French Fries in the Hudson Valley. We will be scouring the Hudson Valley for more great fries in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and beyond.

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