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Loaded shrimp fries from El Bigoton
Matthew Kang

16 of the Most Indulgent Loaded Fries in Los Angeles

More than just pastrami and cheese

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Loaded shrimp fries from El Bigoton
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles has always been a hotbed of culinary ingenuity, from Southern California’s obsession with a unique kind of pastrami to today’s flourishing street food scene and, during the pandemic, its exploding Instagram DM food drops.

One of the most enduring food collaborations in Los Angeles is the “stuff on fries” genre, which weaves seamlessly from classics like Canadian poutine to carne asada fries, Nashville chicken over fries, and even all-vegan jackfruit carnitas. Here now are 15 great examples of loaded fries across Los Angeles, arranged from north to south.

Removed: Animal, Great White Hut, Tommy’s, Howlin’ Ray’s, Oinkster, Taco Spot, Petit Trois

Added: Dirt Dog, Poutine Brothers, Jackfruit Cafe, Bangin’ Buns, Brick and Flour, Kapoor’s Akbar, Fab Hot Dogs, El Bigoton

A number of LA restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in. However, this article should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Experts indicate restaurant takeout is one of the lowest risk activities in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Bangin’ Buns

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The Nashville-style hot chicken craze might be a little played out in LA now, but Bangin’ Buns was on the movement early. Their North Hollywood spot also features popular fries loaded with spicy chicken.

Fab Hot Dogs

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Valley favorite Fab Hot Dogs is known for its Jersey-style ripper dogs, but don’t sleep on the various loaded fry options, including the namesake Fab fries that come with a housemade ranch, Sriracha hot sauce, and bacon.

A white paper tray of loaded fries, with sauce and bacon.
Fab Fries
Fab Hot Dogs

Brick & Flour Artisanal Mexican Grill

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Glendale’s Brick & Flour sure does make the average LA plate of carne asada fries look extra special, thanks in part to using beer-battered fries.

Dirt Dog Pasadena

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Pasadena’s Dirt Dog does fantastic elote fries with corn, mayo, chile powder, and lots of lime on top.

Spitz helped bring the traditional döner kebab to LA, but it’s no surprise the menu has expanded since then to include these decadent “street cart” fries, topped with döner meat of course.

As seen from above, a tray of fries with gyro meat, slaw, and peppers on top.
Street cart fries from Spitz
Spitz

The Hat (The Original)

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It’s all about the pastrami and chili cheese combo at the iconic Hat in Alhambra, which has been a roadside staple since the early 1950s.

Kapoor's Akbar Indian Restaurant

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Downtown LA Indian restaurant Kapoor’s Akbar is known for spicy vegan fries that can be made decidedly non-vegan by loading a runny egg and ground lamb masala on top.

Top Round Roast Beef

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There’s something even more awesome about loaded curly fries like the ones at Top Round on La Brea, which come doused with gravy, provel cheese, and caramelized onions.

Curly fries topped with cheese and gravy on a red table.
Top Round
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Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

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Using Langer's legendary pastrami, these crinkle cut fries are a bit of magic, and perfect for sharing (as is everything else at this timeless Jewish deli in LA). Best of all, there’s easy curbside pickup.

French fries topped with cheese and pastrami.
Pastrami fries at Langer’s
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Badmaash

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Indian food doesn’t get much better than the chicken tikka poutine fries at Downtown’s awesome Badmaash. It’s a fun riff on a classic Indian dish, done for the LA crowds.

A white plate with fries and chicken chopped up on top.
Fries at Badmaash
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Dino's Chicken and Burgers

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The fries are the thing at Dino’s. Customers tend to love the DUI fries with pastrami and carne asada and cheese, though the simpler spiced fries with grilled chicken on top — where the juice runs through and soaks up each fry bite — is the best order of all.

A cook places bright red grilled chicken on top of french fries in a kitchen.
Chicken and fries from Dino’s
Wonho Frank Lee

Jackfruit Cafe

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West LA’s Jackfruit Cafe caters to vegans with sautéed jackfruit and animal-free cheese on top of skinny fries.

Poutine Brothers

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Poutine is the thing at this food truck, with options from classic to outlandish, including smoked pork and fried eggs on top. Check Instagram or their website for post-up details, or get the fries shipped by way of Goldbelly.

French fries with gravy and cheese curds.
Poutine Brothers
Farley Elliott

Mr Fries Man

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This former underground food star has gone legit with a counter-service spot in Gardena serving everything from bbq ranch chicken to lemon garlic shrimp over fries.

King Mediterrano

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The massive loaded fries at King Mediterrano are a surefire winner for folks nursing a hangover in Torrance. Each plate comes in at around two pounds and can be amended with any meat available on the menu, from shredded chicken to steak to gyro meat.

Mariscos El Bigoton

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East LA staple Mariscos El Bigaton is more than just a spot for great summertime ceviches, it’s also home to some of LA’s most outlandish loaded shrimp fries. Best eaten with a crew, because this thing is gigantic.

Camarones fully loaded at Mariscos El Bigotón Matthew Kang

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Bangin’ Buns

The Nashville-style hot chicken craze might be a little played out in LA now, but Bangin’ Buns was on the movement early. Their North Hollywood spot also features popular fries loaded with spicy chicken.

Fab Hot Dogs

A white paper tray of loaded fries, with sauce and bacon.
Fab Fries
Fab Hot Dogs

Valley favorite Fab Hot Dogs is known for its Jersey-style ripper dogs, but don’t sleep on the various loaded fry options, including the namesake Fab fries that come with a housemade ranch, Sriracha hot sauce, and bacon.

A white paper tray of loaded fries, with sauce and bacon.
Fab Fries
Fab Hot Dogs

Brick & Flour Artisanal Mexican Grill

Glendale’s Brick & Flour sure does make the average LA plate of carne asada fries look extra special, thanks in part to using beer-battered fries.

Dirt Dog Pasadena

Pasadena’s Dirt Dog does fantastic elote fries with corn, mayo, chile powder, and lots of lime on top.

Spitz

As seen from above, a tray of fries with gyro meat, slaw, and peppers on top.
Street cart fries from Spitz
Spitz

Spitz helped bring the traditional döner kebab to LA, but it’s no surprise the menu has expanded since then to include these decadent “street cart” fries, topped with döner meat of course.

As seen from above, a tray of fries with gyro meat, slaw, and peppers on top.
Street cart fries from Spitz
Spitz

The Hat (The Original)

It’s all about the pastrami and chili cheese combo at the iconic Hat in Alhambra, which has been a roadside staple since the early 1950s.

Kapoor's Akbar Indian Restaurant

Downtown LA Indian restaurant Kapoor’s Akbar is known for spicy vegan fries that can be made decidedly non-vegan by loading a runny egg and ground lamb masala on top.

Top Round Roast Beef

Curly fries topped with cheese and gravy on a red table.
Top Round
NJinLA

There’s something even more awesome about loaded curly fries like the ones at Top Round on La Brea, which come doused with gravy, provel cheese, and caramelized onions.

Curly fries topped with cheese and gravy on a red table.
Top Round
NJinLA

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

French fries topped with cheese and pastrami.
Pastrami fries at Langer’s
Lesley Suter

Using Langer's legendary pastrami, these crinkle cut fries are a bit of magic, and perfect for sharing (as is everything else at this timeless Jewish deli in LA). Best of all, there’s easy curbside pickup.

French fries topped with cheese and pastrami.
Pastrami fries at Langer’s
Lesley Suter

Badmaash

A white plate with fries and chicken chopped up on top.
Fries at Badmaash
Instagram/vivamateo

Indian food doesn’t get much better than the chicken tikka poutine fries at Downtown’s awesome Badmaash. It’s a fun riff on a classic Indian dish, done for the LA crowds.

A white plate with fries and chicken chopped up on top.
Fries at Badmaash
Instagram/vivamateo

Dino's Chicken and Burgers

A cook places bright red grilled chicken on top of french fries in a kitchen.
Chicken and fries from Dino’s
Wonho Frank Lee

The fries are the thing at Dino’s. Customers tend to love the DUI fries with pastrami and carne asada and cheese, though the simpler spiced fries with grilled chicken on top — where the juice runs through and soaks up each fry bite — is the best order of all.

A cook places bright red grilled chicken on top of french fries in a kitchen.
Chicken and fries from Dino’s
Wonho Frank Lee

Jackfruit Cafe

West LA’s Jackfruit Cafe caters to vegans with sautéed jackfruit and animal-free cheese on top of skinny fries.

Poutine Brothers

French fries with gravy and cheese curds.
Poutine Brothers
Farley Elliott

Poutine is the thing at this food truck, with options from classic to outlandish, including smoked pork and fried eggs on top. Check Instagram or their website for post-up details, or get the fries shipped by way of Goldbelly.

French fries with gravy and cheese curds.
Poutine Brothers
Farley Elliott

Mr Fries Man

This former underground food star has gone legit with a counter-service spot in Gardena serving everything from bbq ranch chicken to lemon garlic shrimp over fries.

King Mediterrano

The massive loaded fries at King Mediterrano are a surefire winner for folks nursing a hangover in Torrance. Each plate comes in at around two pounds and can be amended with any meat available on the menu, from shredded chicken to steak to gyro meat.

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Mariscos El Bigoton

Camarones fully loaded at Mariscos El Bigotón Matthew Kang

East LA staple Mariscos El Bigaton is more than just a spot for great summertime ceviches, it’s also home to some of LA’s most outlandish loaded shrimp fries. Best eaten with a crew, because this thing is gigantic.

Camarones fully loaded at Mariscos El Bigotón Matthew Kang

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