Chunky or chip-shop, French fries or sweet potato, Leeds does chips and it does them well – but where can you get the very best?
You can find chips in nearly every restaurant in Leeds, but some are just better than others. We’re talking perfectly seasoned twice-cooked chunky chips, sweet potato fries covered in all kinds of toppings and fiery fries cooked with salt and pepper. Heck, there’s even chips that swap potatoes for veggies. Have you tried them all? Or have we missed your favourites? Let us know…
Session Fries at Patty Smith’s
Patty Smith’s isn’t just about burgers – they also cook up one of the finest piles of chips in Leeds and they go down a storm with a pint. The Session Fries are £7.95 and an absolute joy – served on a massive tray, they’re twice-cooked with the skin left on, so they’ve got a crunch on the outside, but they’re as soft as a cloud on the inside. They’re topped with smoked pancetta, pecorino, fried rosemary, pickled chillies, Sriracha chilli mayo and rosemary sea salt. They come in a serving that’s big enough to share, just don’t be surprised if you polish off the lot yourself.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Okra Fries at Bundobust
Bundobust do things differently – they save their potatoes for the Vada Pav burger, and instead use ladies’ fingers to make the legendary Okra Fries. These really are a sensation – you get a big pile of fried okra in a cardboard bowl for £4. Each one is coated and deep-fried in their signature chickpea batter, then seasoned with a crack of black salt, a dusting of garam masala and a sprinkling of mango powder. They stand up to the very best chips in Leeds, especially when you’ve got a pint of Bombay Dazzler in the other hand.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Home Fries at Ox Club
With its impressive grill menu, Ox Club has become one of the most popular restaurants in Leeds over the past couple of years – but it’s not just the meat here. They also serve up a cracking plate of chips from just £3.50, which you can order as a side in the restaurant itself, or as a larger tray if you want to take them into Headrow House with a beer. They’re massive, long and thick, twice-cooked chips and are properly seasoned with sauces and toppings that change regularly. They’ll certainly fill a hole over a few drinks.
Ox Club, Headrow House, Bramley’s Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Swine Fries at Red’s True BBQ
If you like your fries smothered, hot and dirty, Red’s True BBQ are ready and waiting. They stick proper American-style skin-on fries and moreish sweet potato fries high in a bowl for £6.50 and pile it high – and higher again. You’ve got a tower of juicy smoked pork as well as grilled cheese, chipotle sour cream, spring onion, sliced jalapeños and corn chimmi. This loaded bowl of tastiness will go down a treat with one of their big meat trays or a stacked burger – in fact, they might just steal the show.
Red’s True BBQ, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AA.
Mac Fries at Knave’s Kitchen
If you want your fries 100% vegan, head to Knave’s Kitchen at Oporto. Their Mac Fries are the stuff of legend. For £6, you’ll get a heaving basket of thin cut chips smothered in cheesy Mac sauce. They add a a kick with chopped chillies, before throwing on pickles, crispy onion and sesame seeds. Want to take them further? Upgrade to O.B.B. Fries and get everything we just told you about, but with crispy-fried spicy onion bhajis on top.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Twice Cooked Chips at The Reliance
Whether you’re popping into The Reliance for just a few drinks or treating yourself to a proper meal from their enticing menu of modern British classics, you need to make sure there’s a bowl of chips on your order for a snip at £3.50 a bowl. The Reliance’s twice-cooked chips are a big, chunky affair, more like the size of a chocolate bar than anything else. They’re slightly crispy on the outside, but the thing that sets them apart is how lovely and soft they are once you bite in.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Bacon Bacon Fries at Almost Famous
Almost Famous are another burger joint that does chips just as well as they do patties. The Bacon Bacon Fries are, pardon the pun, famous for their sheer decadence. You get a tray of skin-on and sweet potato fries for £4.50, and on their own, they’re good enough to polish off. But it’s the toppings that really make them special – they’re drenched in a tangy bacon bacon mayo and finished with the salty, crunchy bacon rain.
Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Proper Chippy Chips at The Fisherman’s Wife
There had to be a portion of proper chippy chips on our list and we’ve chosen a stone-cold classic that’s been going since 1960. The Fisherman’s Wife is a city centre chippy that serves up good old fashioned food – their chips are chunky, floppy and just £2.75 a portion. Eat them the way they were intended, with salt and vinegar, or go wild with curry sauce, gravy or mushy peas.
The Fisherman’s Wife, 12-14 Ludgate Hill, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Sweet Potato Fries at Nation of Shopkeepers
Sweet potato fries are as popular now as they have ever been, but where do you get the best in Leeds? It’s Nation of Shopkeepers. You can get a small tray all to yourself for just £3.50 or a bigger one to share for a fiver – although, we’ve been known to put away one of their sharing trays on our own. Why? Well, they’re cooked pretty damn perfect, crispy yet soft inside, and spot on with a bit of Sriracha sauce and a pint of Leeds Best.
Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.Feature image copyright Tom Joy.