October 31, 2011

Salt-Free Fries To-Go

Pardon my grease, but I just couldn’t wait to share this with you.

I’m shocked it has taken me so long to post on this as I’ve already exposed my obsession with french fries (only to be rivaled by fried chicken). But today’s the day.

I give you In N’ Out fries. No salt.

Yes. It is true. Believe your eyes. Because I’ve been eating these oil fried sticks of joy since I was diagnosed with kidney failure.

And yes, I know oiled fried sticks of joy are not the healthiest food one should be eating. Especially when said person is in the hospital. But sometimes, a little treat goes a long way. And when things feel gloomy, a salt-free, french fry pick-me-up always does the trick.

Now what makes these fries so great is that no matter the In N’ Out, no matter who is manning the fryer, when I explain that I need these suckers without any salt, they get the point. And they even use a separate fry scooper and a separate fry bin for my order. That’s impressive.

Which means that when I’m on a road trip and all my friends are gnawing through their burgers and shakes, I have something low-sodium and satisfying to snack on. Both on the way to my destination and on my way back home.

So get in and get out. Get some fries. And chow on.


Amber November 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

We’ve done this a few times. I’ve also been pretty surprised that restaurants seem to be pretty accommodating when we’ve asked for no salt or to have things taken off or added on.

stins November 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

I was at an In-N-Out the other day and I actually wondered this precise thing when I saw the tubs of peeled potatoes soaking in water. That’s great to know it’s an option! Now the question is…when will they be able to make a Double Double with no salt?

Linda November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I do that occasionally! Just today I drove up for tater tots, no salt. I’ve never had anyone even blink at my request and you always get them fried up hot and fresh!

Marcia November 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

Five Guys Burgers will accomodate unsalted fries too! The best part is they cut hand fresh fries in house so its a truly no salt treat. Most of the fries used by restaurants and fast food chains already contain salt from the manufacturer, then the restaurant adds more. Thanks for the info!

Tanya May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

When I go to in and out, I get the fries without salt. I asked and they said the hamnburger is salted, so they make it for me with a lettuce wrap, no salt, and no sauce, just the veggies. They are happy to fill my request.

Jim March 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I am so surprised that restaurants will actually do this. To be honest, I’ve never thought of asking but I certainly will now. Thanks for the advice.

Denise July 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I’m just surprised you didn’t think to ask! LOL! I live in Australia and it’s never been unusual to order “hot chips without salt”. In fact, my local “fish ‘n’ chips” shop remembers that I don’t have salt and will even use regular bread for me instead of hamburger buns which are very high in sodium. I get them to fry the chips until they’re browner so that they have more flavour. They’re happy to oblige. 🙂 Sometimes, if I’m desperate for a savoury “hit”, I’ll use “no added salt” tomato sauce or a low salt sweet chilli sauce as a dip for my chips.

Denise July 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I forgot to mention my favourite local restaurants – the chefs there know me and are happy to alter the menu items to suit my needs. Even before I went low sodium, I always got to know the chefs at the restaurants I frequented, because dining out is a two-way affair, the chef prepares your food the way you like it. Thankfully that attitude now pays bigger dividends, because they know I’m low-sodium and will answer all my questions whenever I’m there. I usually dine out on Sunday nights after Church, so the chefs know me well. 🙂

Lee Durham February 19, 2016 at 6:13 am

I have ordered no salt french fries at McDonald’s and Red Robin for years. Never been told that they could not do it, I sometimes have to wait longer for them at McDonald’s but it’s worth it.

Doug September 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

What is the big deal about getting French fries without salt ! ? I can get them anywhere including McDonalds and KFC, just have to ask them not to. Some places they don’t add salt anyway if you want salt you have to add your own. Obvious thing to do if you are on a low salt diet.

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