Boise Fry Co.
What's in a name, you ask? In the case of Boise Fry Co., it's a mission statement—and one it delivers on. For little more than $4 you can walk away with a pile of Idaho's signature tuber in five varieties (plus yams) cut one of five ways (including "po' balls") and dipped in a rainbow of housemade sauces. When a spot wins first place for Best Local Burger and Best Local Fries (by handy margins, we might add), you best see what all the fuss is about. boisefrycompany.com
2nd Place: Highlands Hollow Brew House—At Highlands Hollow, the fries come in three sizes: $2.50 for a side order, $3.50 for a small and $5.50 for a large. We think they're being modest. The "large" portion easily provides finger food for a modest sized party of adults and two of them can stand in for a family dinner, if you're trying to win an award for "coolest parent ever." highlandshollow.com
3rd Place: Juniper—Fries can seem basic. They're just potato sticks deep fried in batter. If that's what you think of America's favorite side order, then you're missing out. At chic Eighth Street eatery Juniper, the fries are cut in house, then sprinkled with rosemary and dipped in horseradish fry sauce. If you think that's a fine way to treat fries, you're in good company. juniperon8th.com