Chowdown Showdown: Best French Fries

Cast your vote now - who has the tastiest French fries in the area?


We are on the hunt for the best place to get French fries in the Grayslake, Lake Forest and Libertyville areas. It's time for our weekly Reader's Choice Chowdown Showdown competition.

You know the drill: All you need to do is sign into our site and then comment below with your vote. Feel free to elaborate on why this restaurant’s French fries are fabulous.

You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to let us know the best place for fries.

On Wednesday morning, we will post the top three finalists in a poll — as determined by your votes in this article, on Facebook and on Twitter. Then it will be time to vote again for the weekly Chowdown Showdown champion.

Voting will continue through 5 p.m. Friday. We will post the Showdown winner first thing Saturday morning.

Sound good?

So tell us - which restaurant do you think has the best French fries in the Grayslake, Lake Forest or Libertyville area?

E. Papadaki March 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Fodrak's has the best fries ever. I love mine with feta cheese !!!!!!! Delicious !!!!!!!!
Gina March 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Scooters in Lake Bluff! Fresh cut, skin on. They also have Greek fries, Scooter fries, Chili cheese fries made with homemade chili, and sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping sauce!
Terry C. March 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hands down the best fries I have had in the northwest suburbs are the ones made from fresh potatoes, not frozen, at Fodrak's. When I have an urge for fries I always head to Fodrak's.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Wow! Fodrak's is getting lots of votes. If you have a favorite - there or elsewhere - be sure to place your vote today so they make the French fry finals. We'll announce those contestants tomorrow. Keep voting.
Rose March 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Best cut fries....Scooter's. Not frozen.
Melissa March 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Plain fries: Sammies in Grayslake Fancy Fries: Bulldogs Garlic Fries, Grayslake
Brian March 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Scooter's has the Best Fries and Food in the area. Place is as Clean as a Hospital and the service is Excellent. Brian. Lake Forest. I get the #7
Brian March 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sorry, SCOOTER's. NE corner of 176 & 43 in Lake Bluff, So worth the trip there, Citgo station next to it has Cheap Gas also... NICE
Jim Powers March 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
From Facebook, three votes for Scooters in Lake Bluff from Gina, Noula and Lisa. Thanks!
Hook March 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
scooters with cheese!
Patrick March 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Fodrak's hands down Poritllo's second
Jeanne Lasheff March 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Fodrak's absolutely the best - from all five of us - Jeanne, Jack, Connor, Jack O and Cay O.
Mary Ann Phillips March 27, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I know we're not voting on this, but for whomever might be reading, Fodrak's also has the best Greek sauce (aka tzatziki sauce) on the planet. I have tried to make my own, I have sampled it in umpteen restaurants, and Fodrak's is the best, bar NONE. And here's the most amazing part: a 12 oz. container of this heavenly yogurt and cucumber concoction is only slightly more expensive than a 6 oz. container of yogurt. MMMMMMMMMMM Fodrak's fries WITH tzatziki sauce.... Now I may have to pick up some on the way home from work
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Jim - you're right! The voting is heating up. Scooter's, Sammies, Big Jack's are all chasing Fodrak's. Don't let your favorite fries miss out!
Debbie Saran March 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Marco knows fries!!!
Tina Hauri March 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Fodraks gets 2 votes from mine and my husband's!
Flavio Haro March 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Fodraks,fresh potatoes and non-hydrogenated shortening...almost healthy!
Ken Wagner March 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Fodraks has the Best Fries Hands down! I just love them! Yummy Yummy!
Polly Andrews March 28, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Fodraks has the Best Fries.
Austin March 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Scooters has the best fries.
Julie Hopkins March 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Fodraks first, Portillos second!
Bruce & Alison Meyer March 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Fodraks fries rock
Mike Morrissey March 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I've eaten at all three locations and Scooters without a shadow of a doubt has the best fries around!
Lisa Moretti March 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Scooters, scooters, scooters - enough said!
monica hong March 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Kristine Knutson March 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Love, Love, Love Frodrak's fries..plus all the other great food they have!!
Rose March 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We drive from Wisco to eat Scooter fries!!
Brian March 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Fodrak's in Libertyville! Great fries!
Jim Lappas March 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thank you Brian...you have great taste!
Jim Lappas March 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM
thank you to all who voted


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