Lucas Kwan Peterson is a food columnist in Los Angeles. At great personal risk to his own reputation, he decided to undertake a gargantuan task: ranking the 19 most popular LA fast food french fries. The internet, of course, had some very strong feelings about his opinions.
As soon as Peterson's ranking hit the LA Times, people were in an uproar:
I am pleased to announced the triumphant return of OFFICIAL FOOD POWER RANKINGS, which will now be a regular thing… https://t.co/wxYykAVz67— Lucas Kwan Peterson (@Lucas Kwan Peterson)1549993073.0
Among his most unpopular picks was putting In-N-Out's burger's dead last—sacrilege among any good Los Angeles resident. He wrote of In-N-Out's fries:
"In-N-Out is always crazy busy so the fries are fresh, at the very least. But they're also bland, crumbly little matchsticks that aren't improved by any amount of ketchup, salt, cheese, or salad dressing you want to add to them."
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood In-and-out fries are the worst. Super Duper only gets a visit because of the evilness of in and out fries.— Cameron Sinclair (@Cameron Sinclair)1550017002.0
The top three fries Peterson tried? Five Guys, McDonald's, and Del Taco, in that order.
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood This has to be the most ill-informed, contradictory rankings ever. Somehow Del-Taco get… https://t.co/RgHX0NiiF6— Jamie Neill (@Jamie Neill)1550002147.0
In a divisive age of big opinions, the superiority of certain french fries is no exception.
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Sir... you are a Neanderthal. In-n-Out's fries are made almost exactly like Five Guys… https://t.co/uIFWynDBg3— Cat (@Cat)1550096439.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Rally’s fries are amazing. This article is disrespectful.— Torre Josey (@Torre Josey)1550102601.0
Anyone bold enough to rank a city's fries is simply asking for judgement.
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood I haven’t had most of these fries 🍟. But have definitely had @McDonalds, @Innoutburger… https://t.co/9WmzS3p9c2— 8YearsNoIndictments........ComeBackBarack (@8YearsNoIndictments........ComeBackBarack)1550221571.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood You guys are missing Taco Bell fries— Vince Vo (@Vince Vo)1549993303.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Like endless others, I love #innout like crazy, so your willingness to declare their ep… https://t.co/W5KMFsP0IO— Joshua Jones (@Joshua Jones)1550125123.0
Fortunately, there were some people who actually agreed with Peterson's analysis:
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Three cheers. In-N-Out fries are, in fact, terrible. They may be fresh, but the textu… https://t.co/ixNqB3vqVB— Robert Wyman (@Robert Wyman)1550102402.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood I agree. I don’t like In and Outs fries. I like my fries salty and crispy.— Brian 🇺🇸 (@Brian 🇺🇸)1550110328.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Discovered Del Taco fries a few years ago. Totally underrated. Glad to see you agree.— douglake (@douglake)1550199936.0
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood so happy this is back !— Ariel Katz (@Ariel Katz)1549999540.0
Several prominent LA residents, like LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and writer Matthew D'Ambrosio also offered their takes:
In n Out fries are trash and I'm glad people are finally talking about that very true fact.— Matthew "Rocco" D'Ambrosio™ (@Matthew "Rocco" D'Ambrosio™)1550011665.0
What are truly the best fries in LA? Does anyone know? Will we ever know? There are some questions simply too large for humanity.
@lucaspeterson @latimesfood Chaos is upon us....— Bodezaffa (@Bodezaffa)1550097404.0