This chip shop was placed first among the best friteries in the north and even the whole of France as ranked by Les-Friteries.com – quite some achievement! La Ch’tite Frite in Raillencourt-Sainte-Olle 30km from Arras is still pinching itself at this victory, which it achieved after coming 13th in the contest in January 2020.
And yet owner Philippe Meriaux is a newcomer to the trade. A former carpenter, he only opened his chip shop, which occupies the ground floor of a brick house very typical of the region, in 2018. What’s his secret? The potatoes, preferably Dutch-bred bintjes, are peeled in the morning and later twice-cooked using beef fat. Why not enjoy them with a merguez sausage, in the owner’s simple but delicous favourite dish?