If you'd told us a year ago that there would soon be a contender for the place in our hearts held by deep fried, hot, potato chips, we'd have said you were crazy, clearly in need of some carbs, and directed you to our list of Brisbane's best hot chips. But Brisbane's best restaurants, pubs, and bars were not content with just the humble bowl of fries. No, they had to go one further. They had to deep fry a sweet potato.
The sweet potato chip has quickly moved from an often-stodgy and plain chip-alternative for the health conscious, to bona fide junk food, and we couldn't be happier. The best restaurants in Brisbane serving up these moreish morsels all have their own take on the thickness, frying technique, and the all-important seasoning, and we were happy to try them all.
These are our picks of Brisbane's best sweet potato chips.
The Fox Hotel
Never ones to shy away from a traditional pub meal, you can count of The Fox to serve up a perfectly cooked bowl to complement your beer. Their side of sweet potato fries come with a zingy garlic aioli. Try to stop at one.
Newstead Brewing Co.
The always reliable, Newstead Brewing Co. do a mean bowl of sweet potato fries. The fact that these little orange wonders go perfectly with NBC's chicken wings (recently crowned some of Brisbane's best by yours truly) makes for a formidable duo.
West Enders know where to go for a bowl of hot and tasty sweet potato fries in their 'hood. Lock'n'load have mastered the upscale pub food thing, and their sweet potato chips are no exception.
Not only do Americana experts, Mighty Mighty, make perfect sweet potato fries, they're also available on their epic Carry Out takeaway menu, so you can enjoy their golden goodness at home.
Statler & Waldorf
No list of Brisbane's best sweet potato fries would be complete without Caxton Street gastro-pub Statler & Waldorf's take.
Paleo Café Bulimba
It's not all pure, deep-fried debauchery. The chunky, lightly seasoned sweet potato fries from Paleo Café will make you feel both virtuous and full. What a winning combo'.
The Alliance Hotel
Pub grub doesn't get more spiffy than The Alliance Hotel. We think their sweet potato fries are the perfect foil to one of their signature Wagyu burgers.
Hand-cut big boys, with a tangy ranch mayo, the sweet potato chips from CBD bar The Embassy are total rippers.
Yard Bird Ale House
They may be famous for their Death Wings, but their carb frying skills are up there, too. Already doing American bar food at its finest, Yard Bird's wings are, not surprisingly, some of the best in Brisbane.
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