History of French Fries

French Fries – A Culinary Delight the World Over (most of the world anyway)

Americans have a particular penchant for their beloved French fry. However, France cannot claim the origin of the French fry. Belgium is actually the country that popularized the fried potato in the 1600s. Always fresh, never frozen, and thick cut, usually served with mayonnaise, these are popular as a snack out of carts on street corners, and a variety of specialty fried potato shops are popping up all over Belgium.

American soldiers in World War I, while stationed in Belgium, experienced the fried potato. Since the language of the Belgium army was French, the Americans labeled the fried potato the “French fry,” and the new name for the Belgium treat would henceforth be known as French fries.

Only in the United States is the fried potato associated with France. In France, they are called “pommes frites” – “fried apples.” In England, they are “chips,” and in Belgium and Holland, “patat” – not even the word for potato in their native language. Whatever the language, the fried potato is a favorite snack around the world today.

The Zia Diner is part of the French fry revolution. The company has French fries on its lunch/dinner menu.