“UGH,” I shuddered, with much righteous indignation over a french fry stand with a controversial name. “What the $^%&#% was going through the owner’s mind, naming their product that?” I gestured wildly at the tarp advertising Eat my GF, a newish french fry stall at Alabang Town Center’s Food Choices. Having spent a good deal of my career coining names for new products and services, I’m quite well-versed in the name game. And a name as crass as that was a big no-no in my book. Especially when we’re talking food.
I continued my scathing analysis as we waited for our food, until the customer at the table beside us arrived with a serving of freshly fried potato chips. That looked OH-SO-GOOD. THAT shut me up.
Next time I was at ATC, I decided to let go of my name biases and order a serving of the so-called GF, aka garlic fries. As I awaited my order, I started talking to the person manning the counter, a pleasant guy named Kim who, it turns out, owns the stall. The Eat my GF stall at Alabang Town Center is their first branch, but soon, they’ll open another one at Glorietta’s Food Choices. There must be something about their fries if they could open a new one within a few months of the first one.
My curiosity was quickly put to rest when I finally got my order. Think fries that are crisp on the outside and mealy on the inside, as a good french fry should be. Then, slather it with garlic oil, fresh, raw garlic bits, parmesan and parsley. Ooomph! First bite was a winner. Second bite turned me into a believer. I take back whatever I said before. They can call it dog shit for all I care, I’ll freaking eat it. Heck, I was picking out the little clumps of garlic and parsley that were left in my fry carton. It was THAT good.
But it doesn’t stop there. For an additional 36 bucks, you can have some sausages or smoked bacon with your fries. And you do know what they say about bacon and anything.
If you prefer potato chips, they also have some freshly fried ones called Virgin Chips. Another variation that’s coming soon is the Eat my BF–bawang fries?–which will have gravy, mushrooms and fried garlic.
Oh, and another small thoughtful thing I love. They hand out MINTS when you buy garlic fries. Mints! Every restaurant that serves garlicky dishes should do this. Eat my GF, you win extra brownie points!
I’m a very stubborn person. Once I decide I don’t like something, it’ll be tough selling it to me. So for me to do a 180, there’s a lot to be said about those super insanely yummy fries, right?