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Chowdown French Fry Challenge: Dante's vs. Thirsty Whale

We have two finalists for this round of the Chowdown Showdown.

Last week, we asked McHenry County Patch.com readers: which restaurant do you think has the ? 

! We have two finalists for this Chowdown: Dante's, 10400 South II Route 31 in Algonquin, and Thirsty Whale, 1700 S. Randall Road in Algonquin. 

Here is how you can vote for your favorite restaurant: 

  • Cast your vote in the poll below
  • Comment below to let us know why your restaurant has the best fries. Think a different restaurant deserves to win? You can let us know in the comments' section. 
  • Share your thoughts on our Facebook page

The winner will be determined based on a combination of poll results and comments. Voting will continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. The winner will be announced in an article the morning of Wednesday, March 14. 

Without further ado, let the voting begin for this week's Chowdown Showdown champion! 

Darren Trinity Auto Center March 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Harry has the best fries Gyros and dogs this side of the Mississippi ... Salad is good, and will also customize any thing for you. He has a special Russ burger he invented for my mechanics at Trinity Auto Center on 31...... Way to Good !!1 Hats off to Harry at Dante's. Keep it up . See you at lunch.....
Kelly Izral March 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Thirsty Whale all the way!! Love the homemade taste and deliciousness!!!!
Rich Kee March 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Gotta give it up to Thirsty Whale and their kitchen. The food is ALWAYS on point! The Fries are virtually perfect. "Do fries come w/that shake?" Shooooot... Just give me the fries!
Ashley Kerns March 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thirsty Whale has the most amazing fries! Hand cut and homemade and seasoned perfectly, it doesn't get better than that!
Megan Parker March 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Aaron at the Thirsty Whale. Best chef in the world.. HANDS DOWN!!
Bob March 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Why was ALGONQUIN SUB SHOP left off the final ballot?
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hi Bob, Algonquin Sub Shop did not receive enough votes. But if we get enough votes for Algonquin Sup Shop on this article we will take that into consideration in deciding the champion. Thanks!
Nikki KiKi Specht March 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Oh my word, THIRSTY WHALE!!!!!!! I miss Aaron's fanfreakingtastic food!!!!!!
Rachel Strong March 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hands down, Thirsty Whale has THE BEST fries!! I can never stop eating them, Aaron is the best!!
FrankTheFixer March 07, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Harry makes some of the best fries in the state let alone the county. My vote is for Dante's
Nick March 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Dante's fries aren't even in the same category. The guy at Dante's uses some crazy multi-step technique to make these pommes frites. The Dante's fry is absolutely the best French fry I have ever had and I've been to France and had duck fat fries and been to numerous places in Vegas that a celebrity chef has opened and the Dante's guy is better.
Michael Bivona March 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
@dan: Why would all the Patch editors gather together and scientifically calculate a way to leave certain businesses off the final poll? This is a great way for readers to learn about different places in the area. And so far, it's been doing just that. Thanks for reading Patch and keep those great suggestions coming!
Donna March 08, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Why is it I cannot leave a comment for Dante's? In the article "You can leave a review for Dante's here" When I click on the link, (leave comment here for Dantes') it's states page cannot be displayed, I think that's a totally unfair for Dante's!! DANTE's IS THE BEST!!!!
The Dream March 08, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Dante's is a real french fry...Hand cut taters, soaked, and Flash fried...TWICE!!!! he has no competition...this is apples to oranges...and you can get them LOADED!!! I heard he got Kudos from the Illinois ZAGAT editor once... and if you need more evidence check out his yelp comments: www.yelp.com/biz/dantes-algonquin This is Algonquin's best restaurant...hands down...
Silent_Lucidity March 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Dante's by far...and I think the Thirsty Whale fries are great! So that just tells you that Harry makes the best fries this side of the planet!
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hi Donna, unfortunately, there there has been some technical difficulties this week with the Dante's listing — our directory team is working to get back the listing back up on the site. I've taken the link down since it is not working. With that said, for this round of the Chowdown, we will choose a winner based on poll results and comments on this article. Thanks for your vote!
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Rob September 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I haven't been to Dantes yet, but I'm going to have to try it now! I am amazed at the raves for Thirsty...tried it twice and am not impressed at all. The food at Tommys is better than Thirsty!

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