If you live in Texas, the onion rings from Whataburger are the standard against which all other deep fried side dishes are compared. However, the worst onion rings I have had in quite some time were from a Whataburger in Tucson, Arizona. I have no explanation to offer, but I will add that the hamburger was also substandard.
@werehatrack The onion rings from Lone Star Grill in Benbrook are significantly better than anything to be had at nearby Whataburgers.
I am a fan of biscuits & gravy from WB, especially in the wee hours after consuming adult beverages
Fried sweet and baby white potatoes.As a child,I remember getting the fresh potatoes from Dad’s garden.They got cubed,parboiled,and into Mom’s cast iron skillet with lots of butter.So good you had to sit on one hand to keep from choking yourself to death.
Like most things, it depends on how you define “best”. I rarely say “oh boy, fries!”, but I can eat them three times a week and never get tired of them.
Conversely, on rare occasions when I have fried mushrooms, I really love them, much more than french fried potatoes. But I would probably tire of them pretty quickly if I were having them on a weekly basis.
So far nothing mentioned I haven’t/wouldn’t eat. Ok , maybe the spider, but hey… it’s fried right?
BTW much as I love my air fryer, the taste is NOT the same as deep fried in oil.
BTW2 if you have a chance deep fry in duck or goose fat. Yummmm.
@chienfou At a fast food place on the west side of town, I asked what they used in their deep fryer; the cashier said she thought It was vegetable oil, but she didn’t know what kind. So the inquiry went back to the kitchen, and when the response returned, it was “lard”. I said “That’s my favorite vegetable, pig!” Their onion rings were very good.
@Kyeh Come to the great State Fair of Texas where everything has been fried at least once and some fried and covered in cream gravy because, Texas. They’ve done Fried Coke, Margaritas, beer, butter (yes fried Butter) bubblegum, bacon, gumbo, you name it and it’s been tried at least by one vendor.