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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:

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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:

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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

Grasshopper

January 28th, 2011
1:54 pm

‘People that come to these blogs to correct grammar are the biggest losers of all time.’ — Not if they are responding to taunts from other posters that they cannot use a computer or read.

‘Spend your energy on commenting….. or just leaving the page’ — You should take your own advice; you added nothing to the discussion of $5 ’street’ fries.

‘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.’ — Neither ignorant nor baseless; I have been an Atlanta resident for 40 years, the last 20 in Midtown. I know the area well enough to know where I feel comfortable to walk and where I don’t. If you enjoy dodging cars, drunks and hood rats on Friday nights, suit yourself.

retired

January 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

when did this become legal in Atl. “cept for the southside where the black churches and street people have been doing it for years”

dagnabit

January 29th, 2011
4:29 pm

I suppose the next time I feel the need to be assaulted by a cop, I’ll drive down to Atlanta and try the fries.

Wildcats

January 29th, 2011
4:45 pm

Great fries…Chef Andy’s doing it right. The sauces alone are worth the 5 bucks. Nice work Fry Guy.

Crusher

January 29th, 2011
4:49 pm

These street vendors need to be taken off the street. Let legitimate restaurateurs sell food to Atlantans. This isn’t something Atlanta needs.

MMcKinnon

January 29th, 2011
5:46 pm

I spent some time in Brussels Belgium 50 years ago (as a child). The ‘frites’ were utterly delicious. If these are as good, they are definitely worth $5.

Baltisral

January 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

BBOB….I want to know where you shop .99cents for 5 lbs of potatoes, man what a steal. Oh, maybe they are stolen! Sorry!

kristen

January 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

people are complaining move to china and buy their fries ..

J wow

January 30th, 2011
9:12 pm

@ Crusher… what are you talking about “Let legitimate restaurateurs sell food to Atlantans”??? The Fry Guys and Burro Pollo are both legit chefs in Atlanta — their restaurants have awesome food and now they’re bringing a bit of that to the streets. Stop hating.