Beach Eats: Thrasher’s French Fries
What’s a beach trip without the accompanying beach food? When I think about an upcoming trip to Ocean City, MD, the first thing that springs to mind are Thrasher’s Fries. To me, this has become my quintessential beach food. If I miss out on this, I just don’t quite feel like my trip has been completed.
Thrasher’s has been an Ocean City staple since 1929. Located on the end of the boardwalk near the parking lot, you can almost see the long lines as soon as you get out of your car. Well, you can at least smell them! What makes these fries so special you ask? Maybe it’s the grease (peanut oil to be exact); maybe it’s the potatoes or the preparation. Thrasher’s themselves won’t divulge many of their secrets. Their potatoes come from Idaho and are peeled and sliced right where they are sold (you can still see the skin on some) – there is nothing frozen about this fry. Key to the taste is minimizing the time from the potato being cut to being placed in the fryer. These fries are always served fresh.
The fries are always scooped and over-stuffed into 16, 32 or 53 ounce cups right out of the fryer and without salt. What else makes them special? The apple cider vinegar! There’s no way you can enjoy a hot helping of these fries without it. They always make sure to have salt on hand for those who need it, but you won’t find any ketchup here – no really, you won’t. To me, you can always tell who the Maryland natives are by whether or not they put vinegar on their fries! My one and only complaint about these fries is that they aren’t always the crispiest bunch you’ll find. But what they lack in crispiness, they more than make up for in flavor. If you ‘re ever in the neighborhood, make sure to stop by and grab some-you won’t be sorry!
- Pros: Great taste, always served fresh and hot. Cups are always over-stuffed, there’s no skimping on portions.
- Cons: Can get messy with a good dousing of vinegar and can also cause the cup to loose it’s bottom! Fries are not always crispy.
Grubbing on the Go: 6.00/10
GrubGrade: 8.50/10 (Very Good)