French Fry Day July 13

Get free french fries at McDonald’s and other chains for National French Fry Day on Friday, July 13, 2018.  Here are the deals:

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free Donut Fries at 25 select locations. The first 100 guests at 25 participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will get a free sample of Donut Fries from 10am to 2pm on National Fry Day.   You can find a list of participating Dunkin’ stores on the Dunkin’ Donuts News Page.

Farmer Boys has free fries with any burger purchase on National French Fry Day.  More details are at: Farmer Boys Burgers.

McDonald’s has free medium fries every Friday.  Requires a coupon you can find in the McDonald’s app, plus a $1 purchase.  The deal is good every Friday now through December 30, 2018 at participating locations.  More details are at: McDonald’s App Deals.

Sonny’s BBQ has 50-cent french fries all day on National French Fry French Fry Day.  Sonny’s also has loaded BBQ Fries for $7.99 now through July 23, 2018.  *50¢ Classic Crinkle-Cut French Fries available 7/13/18 only. Limit one per guest. Dine-in only. More details at: Sonny’s BBQ French Fries

Wayback Burgers has free Bottomless Fries with any burger or sandwich purchase on National French Fry Day.  More details are at: Waback Burgers.

Wienerschnitzel has $1 off chili cheese fries the entire month of July with This Wienerschnitzel Coupon.

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, an upscale burger chain, is giving its VIP Club members one free order of hand-cut fries per table with food purchase.  You can sign up for Zinburger’s free VIP Club at

Why Are They Called French Fries?

Why are fried potato slices called french fries?  According to Wikipedia, many Americans attribute the dish to France and offer as evidence a notation by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson: “Pommes de terre frites à cru, en petites tranches” (“Potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small slices”) in a manuscript in Thomas Jefferson’s hand (circa 1802).  The recipe almost certainly comes from his French chef, Honoré Julien.

In addition, from 1813 on, recipes for what can be described as “French fries” occur in popular American cookbooks. By the late 1850s, a cookbook was published that used the term French fried potatoes.

“French fries” for deep-fried potato batons were also introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I. The Belgians had previously been catering to the British soldiers’ love of chips and continued to serve them to the Americans when they took over the western end of the front. The Americans took them to be French fried potatoes because they believed themselves to be in France, with French being the local language and the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.  At that time, the term “French fries” was growing in popularity – the term was already used in the United States as early as 1899 – although it isn’t clear whether this referred to batons (chips) or slices of potato e.g. in an item in Good Housekeeping which specifically references “Kitchen Economy in France”: “The perfection of French fries is due chiefly to the fact that plenty of fat is used”.

In the United States, the J. R. Simplot Company is credited with successfully commercializing French fries in frozen form during the 1940s. Subsequently, in 1967, Ray Kroc of McDonald’s contracted the Simplot company to supply them with frozen fries, replacing fresh-cut potatoes as an ingredient.



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