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When HopCat Detroit opened on Woodward in December, it offered free “crack fries” — its signature dish of seasoned french fries — to the first 200 people through the door for a year. Hundreds of craft beer fans lined up in a cue that stretched around the block to get their hands on the sweet-and-salty fried treat.

This week Food Network Magazine named the beer bar chain’s fries to be one of “America’s 10 Best French Fries” in their July-August issue.

To celebrate, five HopCat locations (Detroit, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis) will offer a free order of crack fries to diners 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday. Cheese sauce is included.

The craft beer bar also announced that from now on, cheese sauce will be included in all stand-alone orders of crack fries ($4.50) for no additional charge. The sauce is still an add-on item with crack fries that come with entrees.

Food Network Magazine also named Cincinnati’s Habits Cafe’s sweet potato fries, Chicago’s Hyde Park Bar & Grill’s fries, and the souffle potato crisps from Luc in Seattle among the best in the nation.

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