A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 09, 2011
Curly Fries (Curly French Fries; Suzy-Q Potatoes)

Entry in progress—B.P.
Wikipedia: French fries
French fries (American English, sometimes capitalized), fries, or French-fried potatoes are thin strips of deep-fried potato. Americans often refer to any elongated pieces of fried potatoes as fries, while in other parts of the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand, long, thinly cut slices of fried potatoes are called fries to distinguish them from the thickly cut strips called chips. French fries are known as frites orpommes frites in French, a name which is also used in many non-French-speaking areas, and have names that mean “fried potatoes” or “French potatoes” in others.
Curly fries
Curly fries are a kind of French fry characterized by their unique spring-like shape. They are generally made from whole potatoes that are cut using a specialised spiral slicer. They are also typically characterized by the presence of additional seasonings (which give the fries a more orange appearance when compared to the more yellow appearance of standard fries), although this is not always the case.
Sometimes they are packaged for preparation at home, often in frozen packs. In the US they can also be found at a number of restaurants and fast food outlets like Arby’s and Hardee’s, where they are served with condiments such as ketchup, cheese, fry sauce, or sweet chili sauce and sour cream.
Dolores Restaurant & Bakery (West Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to Dolores Restaurant
For Oklahoma City, Dolores Restaurant is just a memory – another great restaurant that faded away after being a local favorite for decades. But for Los Angeles, the legend continues.
The Stephens continued to add their own touches, even inventing “Susi-Q potatoes” in 1938.
Google News Archive
2 October 1948, Lewiston (MA) Morning Tribune, pg. 11, col. 7 classified ad:
DRIVE IN HAMBURGER business, soft drinks, Curly French Fries, All Electric Equipped; A clean business for man & wife. $3500 dn.
29 December 1948, Dallas (TX) Morning News, sec. II, pg. 5 ad:
Of course we are still serving delicious Mustangburgers, now 25c—Barbecued Beef and Ham sandwiches—Home-made Navy Bean Soup, Barbecued Beef Ribs, those famous Suzy Q French Fries and that Wonderful Pecan Pie that caused such a sensation in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, for the past twenty years.
October 1951, American Restaurant magazine, pg. 156, col. 1 ad:
Stringmaster Potato Cutter, 656 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 
(The Stringmaster is shown “making several quick, delicious servings of golden brown Crispy Q’s”—ed.)

October 1952, American Restaurant magazine, pg. 124, col. 1 ad:
Stringmaster Potato Cutter, 656 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 
“Bring on those ‘Curly’ FRENCH FRIES!”
Google Books
Farm Journal
Volume 78
Pg. 138:
AUTOMATIC slicing machine clamps on table for easy use. Shreds, cuts, slices vegetables in a jiffy. Attachment for curly French fries. $2.98. House of Thomas, Dept. FJM. 144 W. 19th St., New York City.
22 April 1977, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, “Potatoes and milk almost total diet” (Knight News Service), pg. D3, col. 5:
FOR LOVERS of French fries and potato chips, a snack of Curly Fries may be the answer.
Just take pared or unpared potatoes and cut round and round with a vegetable peeler to make thin, spiraling curls. Soak in ice water for 15 minutes; drain and pat dry.
Then fry them, a few at a time, in hot oil (375 degreees) until golden brown. Drain: season wiuth salt and pepper, and enjoy.
28 September 1980, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “‘Historic’ drive-in is being driven out” by Susan Heller Anderson, pg. 25C, col. 2:
His drive-in, a tacky wood structure in the center of a parking lot, dates from 1931. It was acquired in 1944 by an Oklahoma family and named for the new owner’s wife, who contributed such family specialties as Suzy Q potatoes (long curly french fries) and hot deep-dish fruit pies.
(Dolores in Los Angeles, CA—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, January 09, 2011 • Permalink

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