These Are Officially The Worst Fries In The U.S. Of A.

in-n-out worst french fries

This may come as a blow to West Coasters’ egos, so brace yourselves. According to the Los Angeles Times, the absolute worst fast food French fries in America are In-N-Out’s. This is according to the Times’ Lucas Kwan Peterson — who now has a vendetta against him from In-N-Out fanatics. He should have seen this coming.

“I am pleased as punch to announce the authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings,” Kwan Peterson intros his February 12th piece in which he ranks the fries from America’s top 19 fast food chains. Yes, that’s right — In-N-Out ranked 19 of 19. Oof.

Kwan Peterson judged all 19 helpings of fries based on taste and texture (“which includes fry shape and mouthfeel”).

“Before you tell me there’s a way to “hack” these fries, or somehow make them better, either by loading them with American cheese and secret sauce, or by ordering them well-done,” Kwan Peterson said of In-N-Out fries, “I will grant this: It certainly doesn’t make the fries any worse.”

Although Kwan Peterson did not rank In-N-Out last on the texture scale (they came in 18th after Sonic), the flavor — “bland, crumbly little matchsticks that aren’t improved by any amount of ketchup, salt, cheese, or salad dressing you want to add to them” — is what put them in last place on Kwan Peterson’s scale. Brutal.

What came in first? Five Guys for taste, Steak ‘n Shake for texture.

Some agreed with Kwan Peterson’s scathing review of In-N-Out fries. Scott Wampler appreciated how Kwan Peterson “dragged In-N-Out fries to Hell.”

Others finally felt validated. You’re not alone in this.

Even though he had some support, scoring In-N-Out dead last caused a huge upset among the chain’s diehards. Not even the L.A. Times staff could back Kwan Peterson up on this.

Some of his colleagues even supplied their own alternative list to his via the L.A. Times account. It became a full on civil war.

In fact, whoever is running this Twitter account led a mutiny. They hijacked the list with the help from followers and added a 20th fast food chain to hit below In-N-Out.

Then there was a “true fry of the people” bracket. And participation in the game was high.

Round two squeezed Burger King and Whataburger out of the running. This was a nail-biter of a situation.

It then came down to Five Guys vs. Chick-fil-A vs. McDonald’s vs. In-N-Out. Who would take home the title?

Although In-N-Out made it much farther in the race than Kwan Peterson could have predicted, it was bumped out of the game by round 4. Five Guys vs. McDonald’s — which one will reign supreme?

Drumroll please…”i would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.”

MCDONALD’S WINS! We’re sweating. Are you sweating?

Kwan Peterson knew he would cause an outrage. He tweeted out his post on February 12th, adding, “You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll totally, completely disagree. Check it out!”

Perhaps Kwan Peterson wanted to cause mass hysteria. Maybe this was his plan all along…

If it was, it worked. We need to inhale a large fry just to calm down.

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