EDITOR’S NOTE: Five Tower Media Reporters reviewed some of Conway’s favorite fast food fries. Each rating was created with consideration of speed to receive food, quantity and overall quality of the experience. Reporters followed recommended social distancing at the time of the tasting.
Rally’s fries: C+
by Josh Burns
I had never eaten at Rally’s before so I didn’t know what to expect. I was filled with much intrigue before ordering my food.
I pulled into Rally’s around 11:30 a.m. scanning the menu as I pulled up to the window; there were two cars in front of me. The man in the box then asked what I would like to order and I noticed that the large fry is $2.99 which is about a dollar more compared to other fast food restaurants.
Once I finished my order, I pulled up to the window because the two cars in front of me were practically gone and my food was ready as I was getting out my credit card. The speed of my order was enough to impress so I was excited to see if the food held up to par.
As I pulled the box of fries out of its paper bag, I felt a little disappointed. The box was about the size of a small drink one would order at McDonald’s and I only received 32 fries in total. The taste was that of a curly fry with a little more spice but the temperature was lukewarm at best. I could have enhanced the flavor by dipping them in ranch but I didn’t think to order a sauce.
In conclusion, I was disappointed in Rally’s fries because of the price, the amount you get and the fact that they were served lukewarm. But I would be willing to overlook all those factors simply because of how fast I received my food. The grade I give Rally’s is a C+ because I liked the flavor and the speed of my order.
Wendy’s fries: A-
By Rachel Burns
Among the many fast food chains in the United States, Wendy’s has always had one of the strongest fry games. The prize for best fry is objective, but it can usually be narrowed down to one of several options. Some choose McDonald’s, others choose Chick-fil-A. Wendy’s is a good candidate, but doesn’t quite make the cut for most people.
A large Wendy’s fry costs $2.89 and contains around 60 straight fries, which is a good amount for the price and size. The overall wait time was excellent as well; it only took two minutes and 20 seconds from ordering to getting the food. The order was placed before the lunch rush, at 11:40 a.m., so this could likely vary based on the time of day the order is placed.
The fries were hot when they arrived and they stayed warm for several minutes. They weren’t too salty, which is a problem that some fast food restaurants have. Wendy’s fries also have a good potato-like texture to them without being mushy and they have enough flavor by themselves that they don’t need any dipping sauces.
Out of all the fast food fries in the world, Wendy’s are my personal favorite. If graded on a scale, they would receive an A- because there is always room for improvement.
McDonald’s fries: B
by Hannah London
McDonald’s is one of the most frequented fast-food restaurants. I rarely see my local restaurant without cars lined up in the drive-thru. Should McDonald’s be a go-to when you have a fry craving? Is it worth the money and time?
I ordered the large french fries at the McDonald’s drive-thru. From the time I ordered to when I pulled away, it took about two minutes to receive my order. The lady at the drive-thru monitor got my order wrong at first, but when I pulled to the first stop, she had corrected the mistake herself.
My order was the simple, straight-cut fries that many fast-food restaurants serve. They were warm, but not hot when I received them.
The large order had 99 fries of various sizes in the container. A few were smaller than my pinky finger, while others were as long as my hand.
McDonald’s seasoned the fries with salt, but my order tasted bland. I would have preferred the fries to have more flavor. Adding a dipping sauce would have given them an extra level of depth, but I ate them plain.
For $3.39 for the large order, I think that you get plenty of fries, but I could not eat all of them. The problem was that the fries didn’t taste as good once they had cooled.
If you are short on time and want a lot of fries for a low price, McDonald’s is not a bad option. Once the fries cool off, they are no longer worth eating. You have to eat them when they are warm. McDonald’s fries would get a B grade for the lack of seasoning and how quickly they turn bad after they cool down.
Steak ‘n Shake’s fries: B-
by Montee Randle
It was hunger that brought me to Steak ‘n Shake for a large fry but it was the line that kept me there. During those 10 minutes, I came to the conclusion that everyone wanted Steak ‘n Shake that day.
When I finally had the chance to place my order, it was 10:41 a.m. and I didn’t leave the window until 10:52. So yeah, it was a while before I was actually able to leave with my fries.
They were steaming fresh out the grease, just how everyone would like their fries to be from a fast food place. I made sure they added seasoned salt to my fries instead of the signature fry seasoning. It makes the fries taste so much better when they hit your mouth.
I counted 69 fries total, each thinner than the last. I paid $2.59 before tax and I couldn’t wait to try them. Overall, I would give Steak ‘n Shake a B- on their fries.
Chick-fil-A’s fries: A+
by Shelby Redmond
The Lord’s fries are the best fries. Perfectly waffled-shaped and fresh out the fryer.
Chick-fil-A’s fries not only taste delicious, but their drive-thru service was fantastic and only took about four minutes for me to get my order. I placed my order a little bit after 11:20 a.m. and pulled away from the restaurant at 11:25 a.m. I arrived just before the lunch rush began and noticed a long line behind me as I was pulling away.
I ordered the large fries ($2.29) with my meal. Just as a good consumer should, I made sure to grab some Chick-fil-A sauce to give it that extra flavor the fries needed.
Once I got home, I began counting how many fries came in my large-size serving. While they may have burned my fingers, at least I knew they were fresh. I counted 21 fries in my large container and a lot of them were huge waffle-sized fries.
I dipped my fries in the signature sauce and immediately devoured them. They were cooked perfectly and didn’t have any burned pieces. There were more friends than I needed since I wasn’t able to finish them all, but I savored every bite I took.
I give the Lord’s fries an A+. They were hot, perfectly waffle-shaped and had no burned pieces.