68. Belgian Fries at Wursthaus

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There's no better drinking food than the fried potato. There are a lot of things that come close -- bread, chips, cheese corn -- but when the beers won't stop coming, the only companion you need is the humble spud. It's the best thing to fill you and soak up all the booze, after all. And they're salty, so you'll replenish some electrolytes (maybe?). Then, once you sober up a tiny bit, you can start drinking some more.

No where in Orange County displays this wonderfully symbiotic relationship better than Wursthaus in Downtown Santa Ana. The beer hall serves Belgian and German beers, which are paired best with the haus' Belgian fries.

The fries are thick cut so you get that wonderful little toothsomeness every time to pull away from a bite and fried to a beautiful (but still soft) golden brown and delicious. The fries actually, guess what, kind of taste like potato, and you have your choice of nouveau dipping sauces to choose from (I go with ketchup).

The sausages are fine too, but I can forego them when I visit. I can't ever forego an order of fries, which amount to about two giant potatoes worth of spuds, to go with my sours, especially if it's happy hour. In an ideal world, drinking excursions would just automatically come with endless carbs, but hey, Wursthaus is good enough.

The List: 69. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana 70. Buttermilk Panna Cotta at Lola Gaspar 71. Hummus at Mick's Karma Bar 72. Savory Baked Goat Cheese Bread Pudding at Eat Chow 73. Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza at Perry's Pizza & Italian Restaurant 74. Kabocha Honey Nuts at Kabuki 75. Smashed Potatoes at Standing O 76. Dim Sum at Seafood Cove #2 77. Loco Moco at Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe 78. Bratwurst at Barley Forge 79. Beef Noodle Soup at (Wafting Fragrance) Noodle House 80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus 81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac 82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos 83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar 84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel 85. Crispy Smelt at Big Catch Seafood 86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate 87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft 88. Cornbread Waffle & Chicken at Mrs. Bea's 89. Everything at Crispy Town 90. Kurobuta Pork Belly Bánh Mì at Mendocino Farms 91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" 92. Milanesa at Delicias Peruanas 93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern 94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery 95. Seasonal Dumplings at Coconut Rabbit 96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma 97. Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant 98. Pancake Sandwich at Willowick Golf Course 99. Tahdig at Tanor Fresh Mediterranean Grill 100. Quatro Formaggi Panini at Old Vine Cafe

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