Super skinny fries at Village Burger Bar. Photo by Nancy Nichols


French Fry-Day: Village Burger Bar

This place offers many potato options. Which one will you choose?

I walked into Village Burger Bar on Inwood Road after the lunch rush. There were a few people hanging out. One man had a computer out and earphones in. He was on a business call and nobody in the restaurant seemed to care.

The guy behind the bar took my order. He was one of the friendliest staff members I’ve ever encountered. It was the middle of the afternoon. I was a single woman in a raggedy Texas Rangers t-shirt. He could have easily dismissed me as a nuisance to his post-lunch cleanup. Instead he flashed a brilliant smile and took my order. I must have looked tired. He handed me a glass and said, “Have a drink while you wait for your order.”

I never realized Village Burger Bar was so potato-y. They offer shoestring fries, thick sweet potato fries, truffle fries, a fry combo, and a trio of fries with onion rings. Instead of ketchup they suggest three dipping sauces: creamy Sriracha, artichoke aioli, jalapeño mayo.

Here is a warning about shoestring fries: they get cold fast. Village Burger Bar’s shoestring fries are skinnier than those at McDonald’s. I suggest you order these as an appetizer and get your potato fix before you take on the protein portion of your meal.

Village Burger Bar buys premium frozen fries. Who can blame them. Have you ever tried to slice a potato that thin? They are cooked in a blend of olive and canola oils and lightly seasoned with salt, black pepper, and a touch of garlic. When they are hot, they are addictive. But you must eat these suckers fast. Another alternative is to stop eating them when they get cold, take them home, and pop them in a 400-degree oven for about two minutes. It worked for me.