Who Has the Best French Fries in McHenry County?

Vote for your favorite restaurant for french fries by commenting below.

When it comes down to a side-order choice between a salad, baked potato or french fries, which gets your vote? 

For me, french fries are hard to pass up. 

But let's be honest, they aren't all delicious. Some are soggy or burnt to a crisp, or are just too greasy or not greasy enough. These are not the types of french fries we are looking for during this week's Chowdown Showdown french fry challenge.

Let us know in our comments' section which restaurant or fast-food joint serves up the best french fries in McHenry County.

Voting will be a bit different starting this week and moving forward.

We will take comments in this article through Tuesday, March 6. Voting will stop at 5 p.m. 

We will select the top finalists — the restaurants with the most comments — and place them in our finalists' poll. That poll will post on all McHenry County Patch sites the morning of Wednesday, March 7. 

As has been the case in the past, we will take votes through the poll. This poll is not scientific, and moving forward, it will not be the sole consideration in choosing a winner.

The winner will be determined based on poll results, comments on this page and on ratings and reviews on Patch Places. Hint: The ratings and reviews count extra.  has more information on how we will determine our Chowdown Showdown winners. 

With that said, let us get the voting started. Tell us Patch readers, where is your favorite place to get french fries in McHenry County?

Bob February 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Well, I was going to nominate the Algonquin Sub SHop; but considering your new format I might as well also nominate McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Culvers, and the H D Jacobs high school cafeteria. Your new format is totally absurd.
Lee February 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thirsty Whale has the BEST french fires!!
Quincy Hodges February 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I have a vote for Dante's in Algonquin, via Cary's FB page.
Michael Bivona February 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Vote for Portillos from CL FB.
TC February 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Dukes Alehouse. All their fries are good but their Sweet Potato Fries with ginger dip is awesome!
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
A vote for Thirsty Whale and a vote for Algonquin Sub Show from the Lake in the Hills Facebook page.
Michael Bivona February 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Vote for Algonquin Sub Shop from FB page.
Michael Bivona February 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
It came about because of your prodding, Dan. Thanks for the french fries suggestion and thanks for reading Patch!
Bob February 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Are "french fires" anything like "forest fires"?
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Two more votes for Thirsty Whale from the LITH Facebook page.
FrankTheFixer February 29, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ed Sapeta February 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Chubby's in Algonquin..Fries are outstanding.
Ann Cline February 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Jennnn February 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thirsty Whale!!
AML February 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Dukes Alehouse. The garlic parmesan fries are delicious.
john taylor March 01, 2012 at 12:07 AM
dago dogs
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) March 01, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Another vote for Thirsty Whale on the LITH Patch Facebook page.
doneitright March 01, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Still looking for the best fried chicken around here...
Nancy March 01, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thirsty Whale, Chef is best!
Carmine Delgaddo March 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Michael Bivona March 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
@dan...Another great idea, Dan. Genius. And you're right about stretching it out. Because everyone knows there's only a handful of foods remaining. I can only think of three more, actually. And gaining those crucial extra three weeks should really make everything better. Thanks for reading Patch, Dan!
Always Concerned March 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
It's a tose.....Dante's and Day Go Dogs are both awesome !!
Christina March 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Trio Grille in Marengo!! Handmade fresh cut fries! Yumm!!
Soonwinner March 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Dante's (was Scooby Doo) on Route 31 across from the sand pits.
LauraP March 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
We definitely have this one down for a future Chowdown! Stay tuned!


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