If you leave downtown and head down Hendersonville Road, a little past Biltmore Village, in South Asheville/Arden/Skyland you will run into a comical looking restaurant called French Fryz. It’s the kind of place where you’re unsure if you’d like it, you don’t know if you’d regret going, and you think “the bright sign and marquee is attractive but is that really where I want to go to dinner?” I’ll give you my answer to that question…yes.
French Fryz is a greasy diner kind of burger joint. Gourmet burgers? No. Delicious? Abso-effing-lutely. I love the place, but with a name like French Fryz (with a Z) I know that you don’t know what to expect. Tasty or not, It could go either way. You’re probably thinking “Who knows if they even have good french fries!” Well they do. They happen to have great tasting french fries, tots, milkshakes, and burgers. The place is always busy and it’s not because of the ambiance, I can tell you that. I’m pretty sure that the decor, or lack of, adds to the experience though. They let the food speak for itself…and I like that. Although they do host children’s birthday parties and have a special back room called The Elvis Room, which is fancy in it’s own way.
Okay okay okay, let me go on and tell you WHY I love French Fryz so much. Their Black & Blue Burger is the best blue cheese burger I have ever had. Grilled onions, mayo, and melted blue cheese. It is dripping blue cheese and it’s impossible to not make a mess. Don’t worry if you don’t like blue cheese though because 1) It’s not a kick-you-in-the-face kind of blue cheese. It’s a bit tame. 2) They have many other delicious burgers…or at least I’m told they’re delicious. I don’t really know cause I’ve only had the black and blue, and that’s how it will stay I’m afraid to say.
If you so choose to venture to French Fryz, or maybe you’re running errands and decide to stop in, please expect great food, but do not expect the usual Asheville restaurant scene. The chefs are not James Beard nominees. The food is not local. The customers are not hippies/hipsters/the asheville elite. They are down home folk who like a good burger and shake.
So go to French Fryz and tell them you’d like Eric’s usual…and then explain what that is exactly because they have no idea who I am and what I get. But order the Black And Blue Burger, with a side of fries. And then order a Chocolate Peanut Butter milkshake. Which is fantastic and it is EVERYTHING and….well, that’s a separate blog post in itself.
Visit French Fryz:
2109 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704