Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Disco Fries

In response to a question from reader capurrs: "disco fries" = fries with brown gravy and cheese.

I have seen disco fries defined as fries with cheese only. Alas, no. Fries with cheese only = cheese fries.

The word "fries" looks really weird now that I've just typed it a bunch of times.

24 comments:

Jenn said...

The diner I used to go to in Maryland called those hobo fries...and they were amazing.

Jagosaurus said...

Yes! If I type/write a word a lot in a short amount of time, it ceases to look like an actual word. Why is that?

Any idea how "disco" and "hobo" made their ways into these names for the same food item? I can honestly tell you that I almost never associate discos and hobos with each other.

Andrea said...

Is that similar to poutine? Because poutine is delicious, and I wish that I could get it here.

I'd be happy with just fries & gravy, actually.

SaturnCat said...

Interesting. Where I grew up (northern California, near Santa Rosa), there was no special term for fries with gravy and cheese. It was just... fries with gravy and cheese. But I like "disco fries". Catchy.

zuhn said...

I second the poutine comment. Do disco fries use cheese curds or some other form of cheese?

I always thought disco fries were like disco naps and had to do with greasy post-disco meals.

girlfiend said...

In Philly disco fries are cheese whiz and gravy. Cheese curds sound gross. Disco fries are artery clogging heaven.

emjaybee said...

"Disco rice" on the other hand, is a trashman's term for maggots in the garbage.

Just thought you'd want to know.

Sars said...

Back in Jersey, we just called them "cheese fries" with gravy. Apparently American cheese is the standard but they're better with mozz.

Poutine is...close enough. Different presentation -- more like home fries with cottage cheese on them -- but they'll do in a pinch. Other Americans seem to find the poutine concept singularly disgusting but I'm not sure why.

capurrs said...

Thanks for that... When I tried to imagine the elements that would elevate "fries" into "disco fries", for some reason processed cheese and gravy didn't leap to mind. I'm sure there is nothing similar available here (Melbourne, Aust) and I'm not sure that I'm game to experiment...

kel said...

Disco Fries is so Staten Island Diner. I think I survived my entire sophomore year on the disco fries at the Colonnade Diner on S.I.

missyfitz said...

You speak of the French Canadian dish...

Poutine.

Cheese Curds + Gravy + Fries = Poutine.

Yum.

PJ said...

YES! Poutine! I thought it would be the grossest thing ever ("curds" is not an appetizer word to me) until I tried it. Now I crave it and look for excuses to cross the border.

bartholomew_napalm said...

I have had both cheese fries and gravy fries, and now that I live in NJ where they actually HAVE diners (there are no real diners in the midwest, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is full of it) perhaps I shall try the disco fries. :o)

my first instinct is "ew", but I was wrong about the gravy fries, and I was wrong about the ketchup-on-eggs, so... suppress "ew", try disco fries. :o)

I grew up summering in Delaware, and there's this chain of french fry places on the boardwalks. The ONLY thing they sell is fries, yet- they do not serve ketchup. Or gravy. Or cheese. I... don't get it. :oP

Kim said...

Wow. In college, I thought disco fries were a unique concoction/appellation specific to our favorite dive, the Argonaut Diner in Yonkers. So pleased to be proven wrong! ...although I don't think anything of the sort exists in present-day Seattle, dammit.

Jagosaurus, don't you want to open the Hobo Disco now? I sure do.

vague said...

I had never heard of these, but they do sound pretty awesome.

I have to add that, in my head, there is a song about disco fries to the tune of Frank Zappa's "Disco Boy." As of right now.

Hyewonhye said...

sars,
can this be made vegetarian? i dont freak out about mistakenly eating animal products that are not on my "safe list" but i really don't dig the drippings-based brown gravy. is veggie-friendly brown gravy a regularly-occuring thing at diners up there? here in maryland, not so much.

Sars said...

Not that I've seen, no. I love disco fries, but can't eat them anymore because I don't do red meat.

It is possible to make a mushroom gravy, but most "true" diners aren't trying to hear that.

hundrednorth said...

Poutine is awesome. And I don't know what form of cheese Disco Fries use, but poutine is definitely made with cheese curds.

hoopdee said...

I think the whole gravy fry thing is a NY/NJ specialty. Not that I am an authority but I have never seen it on a diner menu here in the New Haven, CT area. Anyone?

However, one of the local diners does have an awesome french fry concoction of spiced curly fries, melted cheddar & crumbled bacon that goes by the equally awesome name of Coney Island Twisters. Is this perhaps a local thing as well?

Tom said...

Chips (fries, yeah yeah) and gravy is a very UK thing. (Don't know about the cheese thing.)

Mandy said...

Spicy (or regular) fries with cheese and bacon are very big down here in Texas, so I'm guessing probably not so much a local thing. Even better with green onions and ranch...

Joanne Casale Viskup said...

I was introduced to french fries with melted cheese and gravy on the Staten Island Campus of St. John's. The lunch ladies would normally put American Cheese, but if you were nice and they didn't serve a ton of pizza that day, they would give you mozzerella. Simply fantastic.

Love, love, love the term disco fries.

anDREa said...

yes! I love gravy cheese fries! there is one restaurant here in cincinnati that serves them! they are greatness! and the best thing is that the place stays open late... perfect after the bar activity.

Laura said...

They do have them in Connecticut! Not too too far from New Haven... the Riverdale Diner in Shelton, CT serves them =] Back in high school, my friends and I would go there at 1 in the morning and chow down. Mmmm soo goooood