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Tear Into These Gooey Chicken Parmesan Fries

Give me a plate of fries any day of the week and consider me a content fellow. Now that we live in a renaissance of food, fries have become a canvas for artists to paint their palates.

Big Pink in Miami, FL, is shaking up the French fry game by creating Chicken Parm Fries.

The restaurant starts with thick cut fries that are tossed into hot oil and seasoned. Chunks of chicken are then breaded and deep-fried before joining their potato brethren. Scoops of marinara sauce and a blend of mozzarella and parmesan cheese are added on top of the fries before tossed into the oven. Finally, the dish is finished with a handful of shredded basil leaves.

For fans of the celebrated Italian dish, this iteration of chicken parm is definitely something worth checking out — especially since you can never go wrong with fries.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the world needs to be able to enjoy more foods in French Fry form.

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The Best Spots To Grub Before & During An Anaheim Ducks Game

If you’re coming to a foodie hotbed such as Orange County, you’d expect the restaurant scene everywhere to be poppin’.

That’s exactly the case in Anaheim, where even arenas like the Honda Center have become culinary destinations. You’ll find the vendors inside of the stadium to be just as fresh as the dining scene in the immediate area.

Foodbeast Christina Kim (@vivalastina) discovered this while attending her first-ever Anaheim Ducks game on Foodbeast’s new show Between 2 Meals. She found a couple of dope spots to fuel up for both before and during the contest.

One of the go-to spots Kim visited within the Stadium Promenade was Old Crow Smokehouse, a Chicago transplant that’s been recognized as some of the best barbecue within Orange County. They show that off in a full spread of meats that includes beer can chickens, burnt ends, ribs, and tri-tip.

You can order all of these at once via the Combo Platter, which feeds 4-6 and also includes your choice of sides like mac & cheese and cornbread.

During the game, an interesting vendor to hit up within the Honda Center is the Sierra Nevada Taproom. Kim went for the loaded fries, which come topped with items like bacon, fried chicken, and pastrami and are drenched in gravy or beer cheese sauce. It’s an elevation of stadium staples that’ll keep you fueled through overtime.

Kim only visited a couple of spots within the vicinity of Anaheim’s Honda Center, but that small sample is proof of how much of a gourmet destination this stadium can be.

Photos by Pete Pham & Marc Kharrat

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Poutinerie Loads Up Their Gravy Soaked Fries With Crispy Lechon Kawali

Poutineries are no strangers to adding innovative toppings to their loaded fries, but the recently opened Sauced Up in Cerritos, California, is putting a unique Filipino twist on their poutine by piling on heaps of scratch-made lechon kawali.

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Co-owners Mike Nocos and Romeo Manzano Jr. have a laser focus on attention to detail when it comes to quality and quantity. Such is the case with this Lechon Kawali Poutine, which features a crispy pork belly that’s marinated for 24 hours before going through a slow overnight roast.

A generous portion of that lechon kawali is then crammed onto seasoned fries, and from there, a bounty of toppings mix in an unforgettable combination of tastes. There’s slightly sweet caramelized onions, a rich country gravy, squeaky cheese curds, acidic yet savory mang tomas, an oozy poached egg, and fresh green onions to create a poutine that is decadent yet balanced in flavor.

While Nocos and Manzano Jr. have a true culinary masterpiece in the Lechon Kawali Poutine, they also have other unique toppings they stack onto their fries, such as chicken karaage, lobster, and clam chowder. There are also custom choices for the base, with tots and nachos amongst the options available.

It’s a unique fusion of a Canadian classic and protein options from all around the world, but Sauced Up’s shining star, in our opinion, is the Lechon Kawali Poutine.

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Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s National Dish, Just Made Its Way Onto Loaded Fries For Brunch

Ropa Vieja, which translates to “old clothes,” is one of the quintessential dishes in Cuban cuisine. The recipe takes shredded steak and converts it into a hearty stew, packed with tomatoes and plenty of veggies.

More on the savory side than spicy, it’s best enjoyed with starchy accompaniments like rice, beans, plantains – or even French fries.

Tastebuds Catering, a Latin American food truck out of Orlando, is opting for the latter of those options in a brunch dish inspired by ropa vieja.

Tastebuds’ take involves loading garlic shoestring fries up with cheddar cheese, a helping of ropa vieja, and a fried egg to tie the whole dish together.

These Loaded Ropa Vieja Fries debuted at Foodbeast’s Brunchfest, presented by Hubert’s Lemonade at Playlist Live in Orlando.

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Fast Food

Arby’s Just Loaded Their Curly Fries With Greek Gyro Toppings

Every year, Arby’s brings back their Traditional Greek Gyro. While the limited-time item is still fast food gyro, the meat is actually pretty good. Good enough to temper my gyro cravings when I’m in a jam, at least.

This year, the sandwich chain just added a new item that’s sure to turn some fast food-loving heads: Gyro Loaded Curly Fries.

Arby’s new loaded menu item features a bed of the restaurant’s signature curly fries topped with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, tzatzíki sauce, and gyro seasoning.

We picked some up at our local Arby’s and and managing editor Richard Guinto had this to say about them:

I felt like it was from a legit Greek greasy spoon joint and I was eating my drunchies away at 3 a.m. after buying the wrong girl drinks all night to no avail.

Resident Greek food scientist and ranker of fast food French fries Constantine Spyrou was also present, but was unable to try the meat because he was observing Lent.

I just ate the plain fries, although it smelled like a gyro to me.

Sure you’ll probably find more authentic fare at a real Greek restaurant, but they’re an admirable attempt nonetheless Arby’s.

Arby’s is also added a Greek Gyro Salad that includes gyro meat, tzatzíki sauce, red onions, diced tomatoes, and gyro seasoning on top of some salad made with green and iceberg lettuce.

The gyro items will be available for a limited time, presumably through the next month or two.

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Pinches Tacos Is About To Unleash This Beastly Version Of Loaded Fries

We can’t stop thinking about the mouth-watering creations ready for carnivorous consumption at FOODBEAST’s first ever meat festival, MEAT STREET Presented By the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall. But we needed to check ourselves when we laid our eyes on Pinches Tacos’ MEAT STREET exclusive.

La Bestia AKA The Beast, is a beefed up version of carne asada fries, piled high with savory toppings that will only be available inside the MEAT STREET VIP Section Saturday April 22.

There’s no doubt Pinches Tacos is unleashing the beast with the La Bestia as it features a bed of crispy, seasoned fries, loaded with pinto beans, cheese, chopped onions, all of which are then topped with carne asada AND al pastor, cilantro, tomatillo salsa, sour cream, queso fresco, and guacamole. I think I speak for everyone when I ask, “Can I have a bite?”

Think you can tame La Bestia? You’ll need to grab your ticket and wait your turn.

So, if you haven’t already, grab some to MEAT STREET here!

Fast Food

Del Taco Brings Back Carnitas & Rolls Out New Carnitas Loaded Fries


For those of you on your fast food game, here’s a bit a news: Shredded Carnitas are back at Del Taco for a limited time. The chain’s seasonal summer item features its tender, slow braised pork and comes packed in the Carnitas Taco al Carbon and Combo Burrito. The newest addition to the line-up includes the Carnitas Loaded Fries, featuring shredded pork, melted cheese and chopped onions a top a bed of crispy fries.

This particular cheese and pork-laden offering makes for a solid AM snack. If you plan on rolling through Del Taco sometime soon, you can swoop up a coupon for a free Carnitas Taco al Carbon with any drink purchase here.

Food Trucks

Kimchi Loaded Fries

We’ve seen brands do fusion, Kogi has been doing Korean with Mexican for years now…but it’s time to show off valuable player in the spectrum — the Frysmith food truck! The truck’s main goal is serve fries that “eat as a meal.” You know what, you can’t be mad at that! One of the dishes that caught our eye is their Kimchi Fries dish, but they had a special-feature version they dubbed Kimchi Loaded Fries.