Canada may have made poutine a national dish, but here in the US, we're no slouches at making some of the best french fries even more awesome by piling even more delicious stuff on top, and yes, most of it is in some kind of dairy or meat product. Who makes the best loaded fries? Surprisingly, top fast food chain McDonald's isn't especially on the ball in this regard, but there are numerous others to pick up the cheesy, meaty, loaded fries goodness slack. Chili cheese fries are just the beginning - there is some crazy, belly-busting creativity in the field of loaded potatoes. Some of these fry dishes are retired, others on hiatus, and one even preparing to make a big debut. Don't eat them all at once, but if you love your taste buds, definitely give them all a try.
Arby's Loaded Curly FriesPhoto: Arby's
Curls and seasoning make any form of cheese fries better. Luckily, though for a limited time, Arby's has stepped up with a concoction of cheese sauce, cheese, bacon, and possibly the most unusual ingredient on this list: Parmesan ranch.
Owners of the dairies in Parma, Italy, probably never intended their unique, divine cheese to be mixed with an American buttermilk dressing, and you probably shouldn't tell them. They might take this away from us.
And if you want something to eat with your cheese fries, check out our list of Arby's best sandwiches and other menu items.300149Delicious or gross?
Rally's Fully Loaded FriesPhoto: Rally's
Rally's stands out by giving their fries a "secret seasoning" (as Marge Simpson might say, "The secret ingredient is salt!") before dolloping on cheese sauce, ranch dressing, and bacon. The toppings might normally be more at home on a baked potato than on fries, but enough with that healthy talk!
Fries are the best thing you can do with a potato.17885Delicious or gross?
In-N-Out Animal Fries
Part of the beloved West Coast chain's secret menu, this edible addiction involves smothering the fresh-cut fries in thousand island dressing, grilled onions, and a couple slices of the thick, melty processed cheese used on the burgers.
It sticks to your mouth, and probably your arteries too, but a life without 'em isn't worth living.216131Delicious or gross?
Steak 'n Shake's Parmesan Cheese 'n Herbs Seasoned FriesPhoto: Steak 'n Shake
Granted, these may stretch the definition of "loaded" slightly, but who said loaded fries all had to be heavily loaded? Sometimes a hint of cheese and some chopped-up green bits is all you need to bring out the goodness in your favorite starch. Steak 'n Shake also offers Cajun, salt 'n vinegar, or sea salt 'n cracked pepper, but unless you're a vegan, go for the cheese.
And if you are a vegan, what are you doing at place named after meat and dairy products?15082Delicious or gross?