Last Call: How are you celebrating National French Fry Day?

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Happy National French Fry Day

Yes, these trumped-up hashtag holidays area dime a dozen, but this is one I can unequivocally get behind. And fortunately, my job agrees, as it turns out The Takeout has taken some deep dives into the world of deep fried potato strands. So in honor of this holiday, why not take another look at our favorite fried potato shapes? Or our favorite things to dip fries into? Or a point-counterpoint regarding the controversial issue of steak fries? There’s no better way to celebrate National French Fry Day taking a read (or re-read) through these, preferably with a heaping pile of fries at your side. [Gwen Ihnat]

Disco Fries were a poor choice

This is the best Disco Fries have ever looked.
This is the best Disco Fries have ever looked.
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There are so many reasons I pine for the New Jersey diners of my youth: the all-day, Bible-sized illustrated menus; the revolving cake cases; the unlimited coffee refills. But one diner dish I never really got behind was Disco Fries. They’re like an abominated poutine: fries, covered in gravy, covered in some kind of liquid cheese. Some sources say this cheese is “melted mozzarella,” but that seems like wishful thinking in my experience. More often, it was nacho cheese, which coagulated with the gravy into a meat-cheese lava that entombed all in its congealing path. Not appetizing, and that’s coming from a woman who could subsist on French fries if you let her. [Kate Bernot]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Venus Zippertrap

Not pre-cut frozen, but fresh potatoes..
And properly peeled, with no skin or warts.
Fried in tallow, definitely not Crisco, deeper than the undercooked specimens in the above pictures.

And served with Heinz ketchup and mayo.