Homemade soups like sweet potato/ginger and wraps filled with falafel and tahini make European Republic feel more Beirut than Berlin. But with fries this good, who cares? The new, jewel-box-sized Old City storefront does the fried potato best, filling a paper cone with fresh-out-of-the-fryer, salty treats that, thanks to a thick cut, have a strong potato taste and fluffy texture. Your hardest decision may be picking one of the 20-plus dipping sauce options. We highly recommend the vinegar-and-mayo European Sauce (très authentique).
Insider tip: Adding to the pizza-and-steak late-night options in Old City, this fry emporium stays open till 2 a.m. on weekends.
213 Chestnut Street, 215-627-5500.
Where We’re Eating contributors: Jason Varney