Say what you want about Leeds, this is a city where the chips are never (ever) down. Whether yours are thick-cut, twice-cooked, skinny or loaded, there’s something to suit every fried potato craving here. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite spots to get your chip fix.
Don’t Feed The Dog
Find them at Roland’s on Call Lane, where their inventive, weekly changing menu is full of fried favourites and fiery flavour. Don’t Feed the Dog’s range of hoagies and subs is enough to write home about, but their 15-hour chips more than cut the mustard. Think wafer-thin layers of potato smushed with butter, cut into chunky chips and served with parsley and sage salsa verde. Count us in.
Don’t Feed the Dog @ Rolands, 39 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BT
Slap and Pickle
Having been dishing out their signature range of delicious smash burgers and irresistible fries in Leeds since 2018, Slap and Pickle know a thing or two about what goes into a banging chip. Their iconic salted scoop fries feature a surface area ample enough to make each one a tiny vessel for your choice of topping – whether that’s deconstructed cheeseburger or vegan hoisin duck.
Slap and Pickle, Assembly Underground, Civic Court, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3ED
Those in search of incredible session fries need look no further than Patty Smith’s, whose prime permanent spot in Belgrave Music Hall sees them serving up some of the naughtiest trays of goodness around. The fries themselves are twice cooked, skin-on and super crispy, and you can enjoy them simply seasoned or loaded with everything from pancetta and pecorino to pickled chillies and crispy seaweed.
Patty Smith’s, 1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP
The Fisherman’s Wife
With a Leeds presence dating back to 1960, Fisherman’s Wife is home to your proper, authentic chip shop chip – no messing about. Find them in the food court at Kirkgate Market, where you can order from a menu packed with freshly sourced fish dishes – or simply opt for the classic chunky potatoey sticks themselves. And as for the choice of mushy peas, gravy, curry sauce… we’ll leave that one to you.
The Fisherman’s Wife, Café J, Kirkgate Market, Market Kitchen, LS2 7BR
Spud and Bros
No best chip round-up would be complete without mention of the cheesy, Canadian favourite that is poutine – and our favourite comes from Spud and Bros, the street food traders on a mission to serve up incredible curds and carbs to the people of West Yorkshire. Choose from a range of toppings – from lamb mergues and vegan shawarma to halloumi, bacon and crispy onions – and enjoy.
Spud and Bros, various pop-up locations
In business in Leeds since 2017, totally vegan since 2020, Fat Annie’s is our city’s spiritual home of completely plant-based fries. There are breakfasts, burgers, hot dogs and a sizzling selection of plain and loaded fries – think chilli cheese, vegan bacon, chipotle and more. Our personal favourites come with jackfruit chilli, cheese and nachos.
Fat Annie’s, 28-34 George Street, Leeds LS2 7HY
They might be high-flyers of the thriving Leeds doughnut scene now, but we remember the old days, when Doh’hut served up crispy, sugary goodness in the form of funnel fries at Leeds Indie Food. Nowadays, you’ll find creme patisserie, chocolate ganache and raspberry jam-filled wonders on the menu – but we’ll never forget the days of these thin, crunchy, topping laden masterpieces. Bring ‘em back!
Doh’hut, 2 Trevelyan Square, Leeds LS1 6ED
Leeds is the home of Bundobust, which makes this the city where these crispy sticks of okra-based joy first saw the world. Bundo’s ultimate beer snack is not to be missed – think tender okra coated in chickpea batter and dusted with black salt and mango powder. The result is a blend of texture and savouriness so perfect you might find it hard to stop.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ