NY: Frying Dutchmen Truck Brings Frites To The Streets

By Garth Johnston | Gothamist.com

Thanks to a new food truck boasting a former Top Chef contestant, Belgian frites are hitting the road. Double-fried french fries with pink prickly pear mustard, anyone?

Back in the mid-’90s a little storefront called Pommes Frites opened up on Second Avenue by St. Mark’s and quickly earned a dedicated following. Soon enough, copycat frite shoppes were opening up all over town and other stores, like Ray’s Candy Store, even started selling the double-fried potatoes with curious mayonnaise sides. But after the initial shine wore off most of the Johnny-fry-lately places closed leaving Pommes Frites to rule the roost—but it may be time for a frite revival. The Frying Dutchmen, a food truck serving the double-dipped fries in regular and sweet potato varieties, started serving its fare to a hungry populace on Friday.

Like Pommes Frites, the Frying Dutchmen fries its fries twice (to get that extra crunch) and serves them with sauces both free (ketchup, mustard, malt vinegar or housemade mayo) and not free. Unlike the Second Avenue storefront, however, the Dutchmen additionally offer sweet potato fries (which you can also get mixed with regular fries) and its menu of $1 frite sauces come from the mind of consulting chef, and one-time Top Chef contestant, Dave Martin—so expect the unexpected. Lychee and sweet chili aioli sauce? Check. Sour cream, applewood smoked bacon and sharp cheddar cheese sauce? Check. Guacamole and hummus sauce? Check.

Even better, for those who can’t stand the always-there line at Pommes Frites, the Frying Dutchman will take your orders online—so all you have to do is show up.

The truck, which is staying downtown for now, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily (4 a.m. on weekends). You can track its location on Twitter @Frying_Dutchmen.