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French fries
French fries on a paper plate
Alternative namesChips, finger chips, fries, frites, hot chips, steak fries, potato wedges, wedges
CourseSide dish or snack, rarely as a main dish
Place of originBelgium or France (disputed)
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredients
VariationsCurly fries, shoestring fries, steak fries, sweet potato fries, Chili cheese fries, poutine
Other informationOften served with salt and a side of ketchup, mayonnaise, vinegar, barbecue sauce, or other sauce

French fries, or simply fries (North American English), chips (British and Commonwealth English, Hiberno-English),[1] finger chips (Indian English),[2] or French-fried potatoes, are batonnet or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes.

French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of diners, fast food restaurants, pubs, and bars. They are usually salted and, depending on the country, may be served with ketchup, vinegar, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, or other local specialties. Fries can be topped more heavily, as in the dishes of poutine or chili cheese fries. Chips can be made from sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. A baked variant, oven chips, uses less oil or no oil.[3]