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Long Island's best French fries

French fries are served at Rowdy Hall in

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Magic happens when a freshly cut piece of potato meets a kettle full of bubbling fat. The resulting product, commonly known as the French fry, may or may not have originated in France, since Belgians claim they were the first to start frying spuds.Whatever their origin, these golden brown strips (or wedges or coins) have become a quintessential American pleasure. Here on Long Island, there are some magnificent fries to be savored. We'll steer you past the pre-frozen, batter-dipped, corkscrew-shaped varieties, straight to the aristocrats. A sprinkle of salt, a dip in ketchup (or, Euro-style mayonnaise sauce), and you're tasting paradise.

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