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Cheap Eats 2014: Fabulous Fries

Fried veggies galore.

Illustration by Ryan Snook.

Sweet-Potato Fries at Mussel Bar & Grille

7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-215-7817; 800 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, 703-841-2337

Sweet-potato fries are notoriously hard to keep crisp—Robert Wiedmaier’s version ($5), served with a trio of aïolis, is the exception.

Trio of Fries at Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-944-2026

The seasonings and dips for these skinny wonders ($7) change—the current lineup includes herbed fries with pickle ketchup and spicy fries with Creole mustard—and we’ve never met a match we didn’t love.

Eggplant Fries at Fast Gourmet

1400 W St., NW; 202-448-9217

This gas-station sandwich counter nails it with thick slabs of beer-battered eggplant ($4), which sport crispy exteriors and wonderfully creamy centers. Bonus: You can get them till 5 am Friday and Saturday.

Onion Rings at Family Meal

880 N. East St., Frederick; 301-378-2895

The spectacular heap ($5.99) that hits the table at Bryan Voltaggio’s diner tastes as good as it looks, thanks to a batter spiked with malt vinegar, a coating of cornflakes, and a side of bacon-horseradish dipping sauce.

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