Last Call: Your thoughts on the French fry matrix?

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LA Times’ fry-ranking matrix


Fellow fans of New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix will find this Los Angeles Times piece graphically soothing. The newspaper’s food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson evaluated 19 chain restaurants’ French fries, scoring them based on flavor and texture, then turned those into a scatter-plot graph with four quadrants: good texture and good flavor, good texture but bad flavor, bad texture but good flavor, and bad texture and bad flavor. The graph gives top honors to Five Guys and McDonald’s fries, with the bottom spots reserved for In-N-Out and Sonic. Care to disagree? Reminder: If you want to argue the merits of various fries’ shapes, you may do so in this safe space. [Kate Bernot]

Have you reached the Brimley/Cocoon Line?

This made me guffaw on the train today: A Twitter account called the Brimley/Cocoon Line lets you know what celebrities have now passed the age of 18,530 days, the same age Wilford Brimley when Cocoon debuted in 1985. Everyone’s inspired reactions to “damn, that person can’t be that old!” are straight-up priceless. Take a look at some celebrity ages and enjoy—and I am past the Brimley/Cocoon line, for the record. [Gwen Ihnat]

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.



His cholesterol levels probably can’t handle it, but the fry test needs some kind of sample size control.

Two cases in point: Rally’s and Five Guys’s. I regard Rally’s as one of the best fries out there because their seasoned fries have always been crisp and well-flavored when I’ve gotten them. In contrast, the Five Guys near me always leave their fries out too long and don’t season the Cajun flavoring evenly, so the 70% of the fries are just pieces of dried and limp potato.

I’ll grant that maybe his Five Guys is better than mine, but if unless fries from five or more locations are all limp and cold, he should only grade valid samples.

But seriously, Rally’s needs to be higher, both for its fries and food in general. They still use trans fats, but it’s cheap and some of the items (like the Big Buford) are terrific.