Logically speaking, because sweet potatoes are vegetables, and vegetables are healthy, eating sweet potato fries must be healthy. Well, vaguely healthy - in the same way consuming an entire bottle of red wine is. The cheat’s version of traditional deep-fried chips, here are Melbourne’s best sweet potato fries! (There’s no need to ruin the healthy illusion, Listers.)
Boy & Co
Glenferrie Rd’s retro diner, Boy & Co, is a haven for adults who are sick of adult-ing, and school kids in need of some serious fries. And boy, do the guys at Boy & Co take their chips seriously. Their classic American-style sweet potato fries are generously salted and appropriately crisp, making it all too easy to forgot about mister traditional potato chip. #sorrynotsorry!
One of Brunswick’s favourite bars, Howler serves some of the best bar food in Melbourne. Among the top-notch options are their herby sweet potato fries served with copious amounts of Sriracha Labne, so that even your most sauce-addicted friend will struggle to dip their way through these babies. You’d better order a few serves for the crew - just in case.
Big Huey’s Diner
If you’re not the biggest fan of the natural sweetness that comes with chips made from sweet potato, Big Huey’s Diner has a wonderful, bacon-filled solution. Their sweet potato wedges are topped with strings of crusty bacon and dolloped with sour cream. It admittedly somewhat neutralises the healthy idea behind sweet potato fries, but we bet you won’t care one tiny fry.
One of Melbourne’s most popular modern Vietnamese diners serves up five-spiced sweet potato fries that are enormously pleasing. Think of your favourite chippy, with a little extra crunch, and a lot of extra house made Ha Noi spice! Rumour is the spice that Dandelion use is a tastebud punching combination of star anise, cloves, cassia bark, phu quoc pepper and black cardamom.
The Local Burger Co
Although the name implies a degree of locality, The Local Burger Co attracts plenty more than just Carlton North residents. Whipping together some of Melbourne’s best gloriously cheesy, greasy, meaty burgers, skip the extra regular potato weight for some lighter, sweet potato fries. The serves are substantial enough to warrant a meal of crunchy sweet potato goodness on their own, but when you can have fries with a side of double cheeseburgers, what choice do you have?
Fat, soggy potato chips drowning in questionable tomato sauce? Life’s too short for disappointing chips. Burger Boys’ sweet potato fries with Sriracha mayo are a modern, spicy offering we could get on board with everyday of the week. Crisped to their near-crunchy deaths, order a basket of chippies with Burger Boys’ famous twice fried wings and settle in for the night.
Fat Bob’s Bar & Grill
One of Melbourne’s best burger joints also happens to serve some of the tastiest sweet potato wedges in Melbourne. Super thick and super toasty, a stop at Fat Bob’s Bar & Grill calls for a non-negotiable serve of these chippies. If you want to get a tad fancy, you can even order a glass of red or bubbles in Fat Bob’s neon lit bar.
Babble Bar and Café
Hidden inside a house-like exterior, Prahran’s Babble Bar is a quaint cafe-bar hybrid. Featuring cobblestone-like walls and a crackling fireplace, Babble Bar is the perfect rustic spot to curl up with your favourite poison and some of the best sweet potato fries in Melbourne. Served with spicy smoked paprika mayo that you could eat with a spoon (not that anyone I know has done that…), Babble Bar’s thick-cut sweet potato fries are the perfect special treat.
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