Surely, you’ve started the day with a dozen oysters and a dirty gin martini. Now, onto the main event: juicy steak with golden french fries. Is it a strip steak or rib eye? Perhaps it’s served with a dollop of Roquefort butter or a fat coin of hotel butter flavored with lemon zest, anchovy, garlic, and parsley. Are the fries thick-cut or thin? No matter. You’re eating steak and french fries for lunch and the world is good.

Traditionally, the dish features an entrecôte (also called rib eye), pan fried rare and served with a pan reduction sauce. But, the fundamental appeal of steak and fries goes way beyond the traditional French bistro preparation.

We love steak frites that come from all over the world. We love the 28-day-aged Angus steak and fries from Cafe Cluny in NYC, the steak frites from French bistro Church & State in downtown Los Angeles, and the version at A la Biche au Bois in Paris. There’s a great big world of fantastic steak frites out there. So if you’re looking for some lunch inspiration, get up from your desk, find the closest plate of steak and fries to you, and go H.A.M.

Click through the slideshow for pictures of the illest steak frites on the planet.

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