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Meet the Fry Guy

Jeff Long, aka the Fry Guy

Andy Long, aka the Fry Guy

The Yumbii taco truck makes you think of Los Angeles-style street food: if you crave it, they will come. The “street” is a multi-directional vector.

The Fry Guy brings to mind Portland, Oregon, and its street-food scene. While this guy and his portable fryer may show up at an event or a festival, what you really need to know about him is that he has a corner — N. Highland and Blue Ridge Ave. — where you can reliably find him on weekend afternoons, dispensing cones of Belgian-style frites.

The “street” for this street food is a place marker, a thoroughfare that defines a neighborhood.

The neighborhood in question, Poncey-Highland, appears to be taking its first baby steps toward establishing itself as Atlanta’s street food ‘hood.

Across the street, Hector Santiago of Pura Vida Tapas also sets up a mobile kitchen on the weekends, and turns out fantastic chicken and tofu burritos (as well as a few other goodies) from his Burro-Pollo Burrito Stand. Just down the block, the King of Pops is a fixture during warmer weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to a see a couple more join the party?

But for now, check out the Fry Guy. Particularly when you’re the mood for an indulgent afternoon snack. Andy Long is the the chef at neighborhood restaurant Cafe 640 (formerly Cafe di Sol), when he’s not on the street.

You choose from among the many sauces available:

photo 1

I opted for the spicy, tasty red curry ketchup. He drops the fries, you hand over your $5, you choose to make small talk or not, and then he tosses the hot fries with salt before piling them into a cone:

photo 3

These have a great potato flavor and are a little on the greasy side. Of course, an indulgent afternoon snack is all about the grease. Check the Fry Guy’s Twitter feed (linked above) to make sure he’s out on the street before you go.

- By John Kessler, Food and More blog

59 comments Add your comment

jonnymack

January 26th, 2011
9:22 am

That takes me back to Amsterdam…..nothing I mean nothing beat hitting the fry vendor after visiting a cafe (for coffee of course!!!). Mmmmmmmmm.

Reds

January 26th, 2011
9:32 am

Those looks super yummy. Are they worth the $5?

jimmy

January 26th, 2011
9:44 am

I thought they were a bit expensive for slightly better than average fries. The aioli was the best part.

bob

January 26th, 2011
10:02 am

is there anything original about fries?

Hominid X

January 26th, 2011
10:15 am

Yeah, they wash your frickin’ car.

StephieZ

January 26th, 2011
10:30 am

I wish we would get some more street food vendors in that area. It would be lovely to walk up and down Highland tasting all the different peeps wares.

Grasshopper

January 26th, 2011
10:34 am

Five bucks for fries on the street? You’re kidding right?

I thought one of the points of street food is that it is inexpensive — you know for us working folk.

JenB

January 26th, 2011
10:44 am

The Honey Siracha Mayo is the jam. And it’s a huge portion – totally worth $5.

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Harriet

January 26th, 2011
10:47 am

But the winner is Yumbii fries…..and their Korean Tacos rock!!

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Ben

January 26th, 2011
11:18 am

Leave it to the AJC to get something as simple and basic and the chef’s name wrong. His name is Andy Long, not Jeff.
Jeez, no wonder your subscriptions are down, your reporting is sub par at best

Jane

January 26th, 2011
11:25 am

$5 dollars is a little too much for a gressy snack. Take the cash and go get a burrito when Hector is open. Very very good and filling! For a little more money, you get a meal vs. a snack. And it’s way more filling than a little cupcake.

Stinking Badges

January 26th, 2011
12:15 pm

Love the street-food movement! Too bad Fry Guy often blocks the wheelchair parking spot there by the Highland Inn…

mia

January 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

omfg ! this is so delcious

Kapoonka

January 26th, 2011
12:19 pm

Where you can “reliable” find him? I know you meant “reliably”, but c’mon this is a newspaper right? Read what you wrote backwards (last sentenece first) when you want to edit..it works.

She-She

January 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

yum! i love fries.

Grasshopper

January 26th, 2011
12:44 pm

You tell him Kapoonka!

Jason

January 26th, 2011
1:17 pm

sweet atl has one whole street food vendor

Slappy

January 26th, 2011
1:19 pm

Those look nothing like the frites I had in Amsterdam. Think I’ll pass.

Jacott

January 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

Andy Long is his name, not Jeff.. He’s a fantastic chef, he can take the most simple stuff and make it truly wonderful. Let’s embrace the street food movement!!!

Kapoonka's editor

January 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

“sentenece” ??????

Typical Redneck

January 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

That is awesome Kapoonka’s editor! Five is more than I’m willing to pay for fries.

david c

January 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

Ah, Poncey-Highland. Where the cash is disposable, just like the people.

John Kessler

January 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

Thanks, Jacott. Corrected. I was writing two things at once and crossed wires.

djms

January 26th, 2011
2:59 pm

WOW after reading some the comment i am amazed that some of you know how to use a computer, let alone read, then i remembered that every year people (maybe you) vote McDonalds the best burger and Pizza Hut the best Pizza. Why not get out and take a walk down Highland, Peachtree or any other street in the city and see, do, and try things for yourself. Eat at a local independent restaurant or food stand, shop at a locally owned store, you may just enjoy it. Really u clowns are bitching about $5?? You haven’t even tried them

Caren Goode

January 26th, 2011
3:06 pm

DJMS ET. AL. PLEASE STOP THE NASTYNESS!

Jed

January 26th, 2011
3:27 pm

Who’s Jeff Long?

Grasshopper

January 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

Dear djms,

‘i’ should be capitalized, ‘Pizza’ should not, ‘u’ should be spelled you, two question marks are redundant, you skipped a period and how do you know I haven’t tried them. I am complaining about $5 fries being considered ’street food’ not simply for the fact that they cost $5.

As for walking down Highland near Ponce; no thanks. I value my lungs and my life too much.

NativeAtlantan

January 26th, 2011
3:38 pm

$5 for some greasy fries?

Really?

Jean Phillippe

January 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

Belgian fries are twice-fried. Are these?

Jean Phillippe

January 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

Enter your comments here

John Kessler

January 26th, 2011
3:48 pm

Jean Phillippe – Oui. (Phillippe avec deux l’s?)

ML

January 26th, 2011
4:00 pm

I’ve had the Fry Guy fries and they are seriously awesome! And yes, it’s a deal for $5. They obviously spent some time hand cutting the potatoes and hand rolling the paper cones. And the dude told me that they are twice fried, just like the Belgium style ones. It’s easily enough for 2 people to share! Go try them for yourself and make your own opinion.

djms

January 26th, 2011
4:02 pm

I don’t like myself:(

carlosantanxcananaman

January 26th, 2011
5:33 pm

the fries are good people. if you want cheap fries and ketchup go to McDonalds. These are gourmet street fries!

JD

January 26th, 2011
5:37 pm

Best fries in Atlanta hands down. The sauces are amazing, you can tell the mayo is from scratch. The fries I got were not greasy at all. All the idiots posting the hate need to find something else to do instead bashing small business owners trying to make it.

CD

January 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

I totally agree with JD :)

J wow

January 26th, 2011
7:13 pm

Are we getting a little too critical or what? I don’t know where you eat and think $5 is expensive, unless you’re eating at fast food restaurants that is. These fries are great, and the dipping sauces are so tasty… it’s hard not to want to try every single one. No one said you couldn’t share this with a friend and make it $2.50 each, whoa!!

Try it before you knock it people. Can’t hate the guy for trying to bring a little character to the Poncy Highlands. Between Fry Guy, Burro Pollo, and King of Pops, this is a great area to stroll on a Saturday or Sunday.

jim

January 27th, 2011
6:11 am

Great price, maybe 2 for $9.00

Voice of Reason

January 27th, 2011
9:25 am

People that come to these blogs to correct grammar are the biggest losers of all time. Kudos to those that caught the wrong name listed, but to the others…..really? Are you too stupid to understand the article with that error? Did it throw you off completely when there’s a missed comma? Spend your energy on commenting….. or just leaving the page (EXCLAMATION MARK)

Rodney

January 27th, 2011
9:55 am

I’m down. DOWN. Gotta go try these. The bar for street food (IMO, anyway) was set pretty high by Yumbii, especially if we’re discussing fries because the sesame fries from Yumbii are fantastic.

But from the picture and description above, I’m guessing it’s almost like comparing apples to oranges. Two totally different ‘fry preparations”, yielding two totally different tastes.

Again I say, I’m DOWN. :)

adam

January 27th, 2011
11:05 am

reminds me of pommes frites in the east village!!!
We need to get our city leaders to allow these concepts in an area with daytime density!!!

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BBOBB

January 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

from the photo, it doesn’t look like you get much for 5 bucks. potatos are only 99 cents for 5 lbs.

Chi Town

January 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Crumpy frisky

Kev

January 27th, 2011
1:39 pm

Grasshopper said, “As for walking down Highland near Ponce; no thanks. I value my lungs and my life too much.”

What an ignorant, totally baseless comment.

I’m glad I live within walking distance. I love walking down Highland on the weekends. I’ll have to try these this weekend if the weather is nice.

K-Town

January 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

Chef Andy and his Fry Guy stand are the best. Don’t knock it ’till you try it, peeps. Such a fun and yummy concept. Thanks, AJC, for reporting on it!

Parcooked

January 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

Aren’t most American fries twice fried, as well?

Jackson Brown

January 27th, 2011
6:47 pm

I’ve always thought street food, fair/festival food was way over-priced. $5 for fries is no exception. Definitely a passing fad.