The Best Fast Food Side Dishes

Sometimes the prospect of “sigh, fries I guess”, can make the prospect of a fast food meal seem a little boring; after all French fries are the most ubiquitous fast food side dish out there. Here’s our run down of fast food French fries.

But what else is out there? What other side dish options are available in fast food land? Here are our favorite alternative side dishes from fast food restaurants across the land.

Popeye’s Cajun Rice

Popeyes Cajun Rice
Popeyes Cajun Rice

There’s not many rice dishes out there in fast food world, but Popeye’s has a couple. We love the Cajun Rice in particular. It mixes in ground beef and purportedly chicken gizzards too. The rice is definitely a nice change of pace from the regular fried options and has a pleasant mild spicy kick too.

Habit Burger Green Beans

The Habit Burger - Tempura Green Beans
The Habit Burger – Tempura Green Beans

These battered green beans let you indulge the idea you’re eating healthy, “hey look, green stuff”, when you order your side. If we’re honest, the thick and ultra crunchy tempura batter probably isn’t the healthiest option in the world, but it makes for a fabulous alternative to the fry. The accompanying ranch sauce adds a zippy, creamy finish to cut through the fried batter.

Popeye’s Biscuits

Popeye's Biscuits
Popeye’s Biscuits

Another Popeye’s standout are their Biscuits. These are relatively dense discs and are sure to help you fill up. They’re surprisingly restrained on the buttery side of things and best of all, have an exterior salty crisp layer that contrasts with the more neutral interior.

McDonald’s Nuggets

Regular and spicy nuggets - spot the difference
Regular and spicy nuggets – spot the difference

Regular or Spicy, we don’t care, we’re all about the nuggets at McD’s. For our money these are the best nuggets available on their day. The thick crunchy batter beats all those other breaded style nuggets hands down.