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Best French Fries 

Pier 23

French fried potatoes come in every size, shape, consistency, and flavor (in Belgium they fry them in rendered kidney lard to unexpectedly tasty effect), but only a few attain that slender, crunchy, salty nirvana that can inspire equal measures of pleasure and addiction. If you encounter such ambrosia in a getaway atmosphere rife with repose and conviviality, you've got yourself a snack food that can stand on its own with neither burger nor fish stick to support it. Pier 23 has the fries all right -- they're skinny, crunchy, flecked with spud skin, and exponentially distant from the necessity of ketchup. And they're served on a sunny outdoor patio overlooking the bay while copacetic jazz gets the palm trees to swaying and sailboats drift hither and yon. Good burgers, too, if you're so inclined.

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