Best of Orange County: French Fries

Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill
801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach


This beach hangout/sports bar a block from Balboa Pier has been packing in crowds since it opened in summer 2014. One reason may be its fresh-cut french fries – soaked in water, flash-fried, then fried again, creating a crispy fry that's soft on the inside.

On a busy Saturday, the restaurant sells about 150 orders, says co-owner Bud Wierenga. He credits their popularity to using simple, quality ingredients.

"It's not an overly complicated fry. We keep it to the basics," he said.

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Try the cinnamon sweet potato fries, double cooked and lightly dusted with cinnamon. An order of either fry is $3.95.

Cruisers is open until 2 a.m. nightly.