Crinkly or straight? Lightly salted or pimped to within an inch of their lives? How do Melburnians like their chips in 2016? One thing is for sure; gone are the days when cardboard-like chips from the local corner shop cut the mustard in this town. Here's a tour of the city's top chips.
Shane Delia's streetwise Collingwood kebab shop pimps its crinkly fries with preserved lemon and burnt butter (pictured above).
86 Smith Street, Collingwood, 03 9417 3531, biggiesmalls.com.au
Chip-stuffed duck souva at Gazi. Photo: Eddie Jim
Fat chips with feta. The Greeks are spiritually at one with the chip, and at George Calombaris's modern city taverna Gazi they're a heavenly mix of fat chip with salty feta, oregano and garlic oil.
2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, 03 9207 7444, gazirestaurant.com.au
Hot chips from Huxtaburger. Photo: Supplied
Melbourne's burger kings go for a classic chip that references the halcyon days of the 1970s – just add their chipotle salt.
Various locations, 03 9417 6328, huxtaburger.com.au
Old-school: Tuck Shop Take Away in Caulfield. Photo: Ken Irwin
Tuck Shop Take Away
This is how they do it in Caulfield: skin-on, handcut, skinny chips. Consider them your perfect Instagram fry.
273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North, facebook.com/TuckShopTakeAway
Chips should really be in the foreground at The B.East in Brunswick East. Photo: Eddie Jim
A smorgasbord of fries includes hickory smoke aioli on the beer-battered chips and poutine, the Canadian mash-up of chips, cheese curd and gravy. Enjoy while thinking about Justin Trudeau.
80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, 03 9036 1456, theb-east.com
Head here (South Yarra and city) for your classic steak frites fry: skinny, hot and salty. The best bit is, they'll keep them coming until you can't move.
131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra, 03 9804 5468; 6 Alfred Place, Melbourne, 03 9654 8184; entrecote.com.au
Crinkle cut chips at Belle's Hot Chicken. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Belle's Hot Chicken
It's all about the crinkle cut fry, just like the ones from the school tuckshop (back when the school tuckshop served such things), sprinkled with Old Bay.
150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 03 9077 0788; 107 Swan Street, Richmond, 03 9421 6904; belleshotchicken.com
Level-up: 8bit also serves loaded fries. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Head to the CBD (also in Footscray) for these meal-in-themselves chilli cheese fries – beer-battered, with chilli beef, cheese, jalapenos and spring onions.
231 Swanston Street, Melbourne; 8 Droop Street, Footscray; 03 9687 8838; eat8bit.com.au