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Slideshow: America's Best French Fries

By Miriam B. Weiner

Varga Bar

Philadelphia

Perched on a quiet street corner near Independence Park in Philadelphia, Varga Bar provides a lively atmosphere — complete with posters of 1940s pin-up girls originally drawn for Esquire magazine by artist Alberto Vargas — for an evening drink or weekend brunch. While this local institution may not specialize in fry-making or sauce selection like other eateries found on this list, Varga Bar earns recognition for its unique twist on the spud. Appearing on both the brunch and dinner menu are Varga Bar's much-admired crab-cheese fries. The shoestring spuds are fried until golden and tossed with truffle oil. Then, the creatively crafted fries are paired with large chunks of jumbo lump crab meat, smothered with a creamy white cheddar sauce and sprinkled with parmesan.

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