A day devoted to french fries is ridiculous only in that every day is a fine day for eating fries. So use National French Fry Day as an opportunity to take the fry path less traveled, like strips of summery zucchini or polenta-like chickpea flour fries. Here are eight ways to fuel your french fry addiction without eating your weight in spuds.
Waffle fries are also known as pommes gaufrettes (especially when potato chip-thin), and can come in varying thicknesses; when they're super-thin they take on the characteristics of a potato chip (they're actually a traditional accompaniment to steak tartare). But they're all made the same way, and it's a very similar technique to how potato chips are made, with one extra step.
Diners, in particular the old school, greasy spoon, fake-leather-booth-that-your-legs-stick-to-if-you're-wearing-shorts, tchotchke-filled, usually worn-out joints that are always staffed by harried, but nice waitresses who call you "honey" and take your orders on notepads with a pen (or memorize them), are by definition, fun.
Cubans have many different signature dishes, but one of my favorites is the Cuban Frita. In America, the typical hamburger contains beef, but a Frita is a mix of beef and pork (and at times chorizo), and my favorite place to get one of these delicious burgers is none other than El Rey de las Fritas.