French Fry Heaven makes its tasty way into the community

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Justin Rodriguez

French Fry Heaven opened its first location in El Paso at 12380 Edgemere Blvd., Ste 106. (Above) Angel Wing fries are served for customer.

Kimberly Valle, Staff Reporter

A restaurant where french fries and nothing else is served now exists in El Paso. French Fry Heaven first opened in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2011, and now has 18 locations throughout the nation. Its first location opened in El Paso on July 2 and is located at 12380 Edgemere Blvd., Ste 106.

With over 30 different combinations of fries, French Fry Heaven has attracted people from all over town. Their artistic walls make the place inviting for customers to enjoy their fries and sit down on comfortable couches.

Valerie Herrera, sophomore multimedia journalism major, said her first experience was satisfying and unlike anything she had ever tasted.

“I heard about them through the Downtown Street Music Festival. I ordered the baked potato flavor. I liked how the fries were nice and crispy and they allowed me to try different samples of flavors,” Herrera said. “It felt like heaven in my mouth.”

John Hernandez, one of the owners, said that after a short time of advertising in the streets before its new location opened, French Fry Heaven had already gained a crowd of eager customers waiting for the eatery to open.

“I even had a customer wait outside the Street Fest and pay $30 just to get in and get his fries,” Hernandez said.

French Fry Heaven is also planning to attend charity events in the city and donate fries to the people attending the events, Hernandez said.

Despite its brand-new location and recent opening, the place has started to have a constant flow of customers.

“I love these fries. I have never tasted nothing like this,” said Samantha Ortega, sophomore communication major. “Mine had a nice spicy kick to it! Just how I like it.”

French Fry Heaven also provides healthy eaters with some options. According to Hernandez, these fries may be healthier than the average fry.

“The fries are freshly made from scratch. They are gluten free, zero trans fats and are not processed. They are baked first with insignificant amount of oil and fried in the fry-o-lator machine,” Hernandez said. “Our fries go green real quick and are real fries. 

Samples are given to customers since the variety of combinations can make the decision tough.

“I would suggest trying every flavor because they are all delicious. I’m glad that they decided to finally bring the franchise over here to El Paso for everyone to enjoy. I would definitely buy them again, I mean, who doesn’t like fries?” Herrera said.

My first order was called “Festival,” consisting of sweet potato fries, topped with vanilla and powdered sugar. 

This particular combination was delicious, especially because they have a nice crisp to them and I didn’t get full right away.

The second order was called the “Angel Wing,” which were regular fries topped with buffalo sauce and garlic ranch dressing. These fries have a spicy kick to them, but the ranch calms down the hotness of the wing sauce. 

Despite the unfriendly customer service that I experienced during my visit, my fries were delivered to me pretty quick and they were mouth-watering good.

French Fry Heaven is planning to expand in all areas in El Paso. Their next phase is to open up a restaurant inside Bassett Place. 

“This was my first time here and it was really good,” said Omar Franco, UTEP alumni.

For more information, visit http://frenchfryheaven.com/locations/texas/elpaso/.

Kimberly Valle may be reached at [email protected]