30 in 30 for 30

french_fries_0810-md-1In 30 days I will celebrate my freedom from my twenties. I will crest over the hill into my third decade on this beautiful planet.

Am I scared?


Do I feel old?


Honestly when I think of my age I feel perpetually 18.

And yet I have four little boys and a mortgage – crazy!

I’ve decided I’m going to live it up this birthday. I love birthdays and this one is going to rock. Sure it’s a milestone and I am going to have to get used to it but most of my friends have survived the transition between 29 to 30 and lived to see another year.

I can do this.

To help me ease into my 30s, I’m going to start celebrating 30 days early. How you ask? I’m going to indulge in one of my favorite things – French fries.

I’ve come up with what I call the “30 in 30 for 30 challenge” to commemorate my milestone birthday. During the next 30 days I will try out the “best” 30 French fry joints this state of Utah has to offer.

I love French fries and so why not? And no, I am not having a mid-life crisis.

So, send me your ideas of the best fries to try. Even better, come with me to your favorite fry spot.

I’ve started a short list below, but I’ll need to add to it.

Near my birthday I’ll post my results. I’ll let you know which fries were saltiest, crunchiest, thickest, etc. I’ll be Utah’s own French fry connoisseur.


This may be a challenge I regret. It may cure me of my late-night French fry cravings. And because I don’t like to eat out on Sundays, and I am going to be on vacation for much of July, some days I am going to have to eat more than one sack of fries.

My mouth is watering as I type this.

Hopefully this “30 in 30 for 30 challenge” will keep me from wanting to get a tattoo or purchase a convertible.

  1. Crown Burger
  2. Red Robin
  3. Burger Bar
  4. Five Guys
  5. McDonalds
  6. Wendy’s
  7. Tony Burger
  8. Goodwood BBQ
  9. Chick-Fil-A
  10. Arby’s
  11. Arctic Circle
  12. Burger King
  13. Warrens
  14. Best Burger
  15. Taco Time (tater tots)
  16. Steph’s
  17. Taggerts
  18. In n’ Out
  19. McKay Dee Hospital cafeteria
  20. A&W
  21. Copper Onion
  22. Training Table
  23. Jake’s Over the Top
  24. Big Jim’s
  25. Maddox
  26. Johnny Rockets
  27. The Habit
  28. Iggy’s
  29. Hires Big H
  30. Little Taste of Britain

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 11:34:00

    The battered fries at the McKay-Dee cafeteria are delicious! A&W aren’t bad either.


    • Natalie
      Jul 04, 2013 @ 17:35:37

      Jenn, those are two places I didn’t think of. I haven’t had fries at either of those places in a long time. I’ll add them to the list. Thank you!


  2. Jenny
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 07:27:17

    I loooooove French fries too 🙂


  3. Michelle Smith
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:24:58

    Glad you have Best Burger on the list. Park Stone in Station Park had yummy fries.


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