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There’s something simply comforting about French fries. When they’re done right, they’re warm, slightly crunchy, salty and the perfect component to almost any meal.

People are serious about their fries, too. So much so that the crew at Eat This, Not That! has scoured America to find the best French fries in the country, and one Michigan spot is on the list.

As Eat This, Not That! describes, “Shoestring. Crinkle-cut. Curly. Waffle. No matter how you like your fries, there’s no denying that fried potatoes are one of the most classic American side dishes out there. And while the fries from places like McDonald’s and Shake Shack are great, sometimes you want a spud that’s a little more off the beaten path. Don’t worry: We have you covered.” They don’t give insight into how they determined the best French fries in every state, but I trust their methodology involved lots of tasting, which makes me very jealous.

So, which spot is No. 1 in Michigan? According to the study, Hopcat in East Lansing has the best fries in the entire state. “The Food Network put this place on the map for being in the top ten fries in America,” the article states. “What makes these fries special? The original version is beer-battered and then fried and served with a special cracked black peppers seasoning. On the side, diners get a dish of warm cheese sauce. Amazingly good.” Being a Michigan State University graduate, I agree that Hopcat has great food, so it’s not a surprise to see they at No. 1 when it comes to their fries. The best spots in neighboring states include Service Bar in Columbus, Ohio; Edzo’s Burger Shop in Evanston, Illinois; and Ziffles Rib Bar in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had a boyfriend in Fort Wayne once and now regret not trying Ziffles. Find the full list here.

20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops

  • 20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit

    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas

  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville

    Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe - Harrisville, MI

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 5 reviews of Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe "Fast, friendly and huge portions! The lemon cheesecake bar was delicious! Best ice cream in Alcona county! Tirmasu, Michigan pothole, praline pecan, pistachio are also divine!"

  • Plainwell Ice Cream - Plainwell

    Espresso Flake is back!! For scooping and 1/2 gallons.

    Posted by Plainwell Ice Cream Co. on Sunday, March 20, 2022

  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale

    It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some of our new Guests. We are open today...

    Posted by Village Ice Cream & Cafe' on Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids

    It’s officially patio season ☀️Thanks @thegrguide for stopping by!

    Posted by Jersey Junction on Friday, March 18, 2022

  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid

    Strawberry Dole Whip is this weeks flavor!🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦Enjoy as is or twist with vanilla, enjoy in a slush as a glacier! Make it a sundae with marshmallow topping 🤩 YUM!!!!!All Dairy Free!!!!

    Posted by The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop on Sunday, April 10, 2022

  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    Simple and absolutely delicious turtle brownie recipe using German chocolate cake mix! These brownies are packed with amazing flavor and super quick to make. Ok, I'm going to level with you. These brownies are absolutely fantastic, but I do not make them very often. Not because they are challenging to make, but because I can't ...

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville

    https://www.michigan.org/property/cook-s-farm-dairy-inc

  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

    ORDER ONLINE We are a locally owned coffee shop and café conveniently located in downtown Munising; a perfect location for both travelers and residents. We provide free wireless internet, homemade food with vegan and gluten-free options, custom roasted coffee and gourmet tea, and yes, we do have delicious Jilbert's Dairy Ice Cream!

  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River

    Rain or shine, it's ice cream TIME! Opening Wednesday April 13th!

    Posted by Rapid River Dairy Flo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open for 2022 on January 26. Join us Wednesdays-Sundays during the spring semester, and don't forget your masks!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream

    An extra topping never hurts! 😀

    Posted by Quality Dairy on Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Detroit Water Ice Factory

    Our popular Motown Mint Chocolate Brown Bag Popcorn is back for its second year, but only through the end of this...

    Posted by Detroit Water Ice Factory on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC

    Our founder James Render met this lovely lady at University Foods in Midtown in Detroit today while stocking the freezer...

    Posted by HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods on Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.

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