Tucked away in the back corner of the newly re-modeled Mall of America food court is Disco Fries – an exciting new restaurant that focuses solely on mixing and matching various freshly-made ingredients on top of a bed of crispy French fries.
These delicious spuds are far from ordinary though, offering up a total of twelve unique fry combinations (plus a dessert and greens option) that are all inspired by the disco days of the 80s. Chefs Alex Pirani and Nikhil Khosla came up with the genius idea to have a menu based strictly on French fries while they worked together in New York City as co-Executive Chefs. It was in that busy city that the two discovered America’s want and need for French fries piled to the ceiling with gravy and cheese and eventually even more toppings, as they developed the menu of their first Disco Fries location, which can be found in one of the Mall of America food courts in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Currently, there is only one Disco Fries location, with more promised to come in 2016, according to their website. Their definition of Disco Fries is simple: “perfectly-crisped fries, tender in the center, topped with rich flavors of all-day braised grass fed beef brisket, brown gravy, cotija cheese, and fresh herbs.”
Let me be the first to tell you that Pirani and Khosla’s concept delivers. The French fries are indeed crispy, tender and freshly cut, which already puts them ahead of the pack as one of the better potato offerings at the Mall of America, with a French fry that isn’t afraid to leave a little skin on the potato to give you that extra last second crunch.
The French fries themselves aren’t overly-greasy or soggy by any means and instead pack one heck of a bite as they are well-coated and seasoned to perfection (depending on which style of fries you order).
The menu is full of creativity, too, including fries such as the Salt ‘n’ Peppa (olive oil, sea salt and ground pepper), Carmela’s Sunday Gravy (meatballs, sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan), Vladimir Poutine (beef stroganov, gravy and sour cream), Breakfast All Day (two fried eggs, crispy bacon and American cheese) and of course, the classic Disco Fries (braised grass fed beef brisket, cotija cheese, brown gravy and fresh herbs). All of these concoctions (and more) are plopped down on top of a bed of their fresh French fries, with the option to put these toppings over a bed of fresh greens instead of fries, for those of you that absolutely must suck the fun out of this experience and make this one of those “healthy” meals.
If you’re looking for more toppings, you’ll be pleased to know that they allow you to top your French fry creation with even more of the “good stuff” for an additional charge. You can add gravy, cheese and various other sauces onto whatever menu item that you’ve engaged with. They’ve even got a killer secret sauce that tastes like a wild wedding between ranch, Sriracha (definitely the mayonnaise and sour cream parts) and ketchup.
Those of you with a sweet tooth will be glad to know that Disco Fries also offers a dessert-style dish, dubbed the Donut Fries (sugar-dusted donut fries and secret chocolate sauce), not to mention a PB & J shake.
All of their fries can be purchased in both small ($3.00) or large ($5.00) sizes as well, with the possibility for adds-ons for an additional charge. Shakes and other beverages such as soda and water can also be purchased.
The French fries themselves are the all-stars of Disco Fries. They’re tender and crispy, bursting with flavor and reminding the world that sometimes a good potato is all that matters. Their cheese sauce blend is definitely more on the creamy side and less on the nacho side, which provides the fries with a unique taste that blends well with the other ingredients, such as their gravy and brisket. My only suggestion at this point would be to add more seasonings to really help set off the already unique dishes, because Disco Fries already gets an A+ for ingredients creativity.
Those of you looking for a more traditional meal will probably want to skip this spot, because the groovy fries and the giant disco ball hanging next to the sign are what’s going to draw you in and the endless amount of dishes you can create and enjoy is what’s going to bring you back. There are no burgers or salad here, just fries.
Seriously, Disco Fries is all about doing up fries with a fun edge that’s both appetizing and inventive. They’re best experienced as a mall snack that can be forked while browsing the endless amount of stores or enjoyed in the presence of an ice cold beverage.
If you’re in the Mall of America and are tired of the same old food court nonsense (I’m looking at you Generic Asian Store #5 & Sbarro), then definitely check out Disco Fries. You owe it to yourself (and your taste buds) to explore some potatoes from the other side of the tracks. Step back into the colorful 80s with a mountain of fries, loaded up with cheese, brisket, gravy, cheese curds, secret sauce or whatever your stomach desires.
Disco Fries is for the serious fry-goers that are sick of settling for over-salted, overly-greasy and bland French fries.