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Pommes Frites

Former Location
138 Broadway St.
Former Owner(s)
Jim Williams
Price range
Business Lifespan
200? - October 2008

Pommes Frites, as the name implies, served, among other things, French fries. It was a small downtown restaurant that served very inexpensive food. Seating was limited to just four tables inside and a small bar lining the window. There were a few tables outdoors to enjoy Chico's balmy weather — even during the winter. To the table they would serve ordinary fries, Cajun, or garlic (it's fresh minced garlic!) fries, along with an assortment of dips. They were all homemade except for the ketchup and Smokin Mo's Barbecue sauce dippers. Dippers included Curry Chutney, Tiger Sauce, and others (please fill this in). The Tiger Sauce was interesting since it was like a super spicy sweet-and-sour sauce. They had, of course, simpler dips such as ketchup and tartar sauce for their traditional Fish 'n' Chips.

In addition to Pommes Frites' fries, some other meals that they served were fried strips of chicken, and two vegetarian dishes — one a rice bowl with tiger or teriyaki sauce, the other chilled wheat noodles with Thai peanut butter and coconut sauce (vegan when last checked). For the last two meals, the tofu could be either uncooked or fried. A few selections of fried vegetables, including mushrooms, were available. In the summer of 2007, shortly after The Kramore Inn closed, they began offering the Inn's 1/3 pound beef and vegetarian burgers. One of the Kramore's cooks came to work at Pommes Frites and brought along the recipe.

Sometime in October, 2008, Pommes Frites closed. They were replaced by Petra Mediterranean Cuisine.


2007-12-04 00:53:23   Decent fries. The garlic is probably the variety to have. Although its very heavy on garlic. Altogether a good value for a large snack/small meal —

2008-02-23 18:44:47   I find that the garlic likes to fall off the fries, so I have to throw them in to the dip so that they stick. I'm a huge fan of fresh garlic, so I don't let any of it go to waste. Their veggie bowls are great. If the Rice Bowl with Tiger sauce is too hot for you, have them mix in some teriyaki sauce. That'll cool it down and it is quite delicious. My only nitpicks are that the dining area is tiny and they lack A/C for Chico's hot summers (for the last summer at least). I'm more than happy to ignore the heat when the fries and veggie bowls are so good. But sometimes... Anyway, Pommes Frites is one place Chico can't do without! —RyanMikulovsky

2008-08-15 20:31:36   Aside from the great fries, I always come for the great customer service. The guy in there is just great, and he's really passionate about fries. Everything in there is simple, good, and fried. —

2008-09-17 16:27:26   I just learned from someone familiar with Pommes Frites that they are imminently closing! (I haven't received a second confirmation yet) However, apparently the owners have actually wanted to sell the place for a while so they're relieved of it. Supposedly the place was sold to a bakery. Well... this is pretty sad for me since it was a really great place for inexpensive, unpretentious vegetarian food. So possibly in a week they'll be shutdown for good :-( May they live forever on the wiki and all the best to the owners and those that had been working for them. —RyanMikulovsky

  • This news makes me sad. Where will I get my garlic fries fix? —StaceyEllis
  • Me too! Lots of good memories sitting out in front of this place with a bunch of fish and chips. Oh, and the tiger sauce ... I'm really sad to see them go! —DavidStillman

2008-09-21 17:06:19   I talked to one of the owners today at the World Music Festival. They had a Crepe booth, selling blintzes packed with fruit along with avocado crepes (which were pretty good — loaded with avocado). Anyway, I've confirmed that it is not a matter of if but when. They have tried to sell the place twice and both times it fell through. At the moment they're thinking possibly within the next two weeks the restaurant will close. It might be sudden. No idea if it is indeed being sold to a bakery. Anyhow, they still own all the recipes so they might be available if requested. So the tiger sauce might still live on ;-) I left a wiki handbill with them in case they wanted to document Pommes Frites here on the wiki. That'd be awesome. —RyanMikulovsky

2008-10-15 08:17:15   Pommes Frites has been closing forever... I don't think they will... but it would be a travesty if they did. Polenta! —

2009-01-26 16:57:47   I miss Pommes Frites SO MUCH. There aren't many places I really care to eat at in Chico, but their chicken strips could drag me out of my house. —

2010-01-17 20:43:40   I was in Chico yesterday craving some garlic fries with their chili adobo sauce and found out that they were closed! I was so disappointed! They had the best service and the best food! Apparently, I was gone a little bit too long! Now I am kicking myself! Pommes Frites, thank you for all of the great memories/service/especially FOOD! ~S —

2011-02-05 16:13:00   Anyone know the recipe for the curry or tiger sauce? I loved it with their garlic fries and rice bowls —