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Important French Fry News: McDonald's is Testing World Famous Gilroy Garlic Fries

Gilroy’s world famous garlic fries are coming to the Golden Arches, and they have been so popular, there is now a shortage of supply.

"We are excited about how many people have visited our restaurants to try the fries, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our customers," McDonald's of the Greater Bay Area said in a statement. "We expect to resume serving Gilroy Garlic Fries in a few weeks and will notify our customers via Twitter @McD_BayArea."

McDonald’s is cooking up a new version of the snack – the made-to-order fries are tossed with a pure mix of garlic from Gilroy – which calls itself the garlic capital of the world – olive oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and salt.

Right now they are only available at four Mcdonald's locations in the South Bay. Three are in San Jose, and the fourth is in Santa Clara:

  • 3509 Homested Road in Santa Clara
  • 2191 Monterey Road in San Jose
  • 1398 West San Carlos Street in San Jose
  • 4838 San Felipe Road in San Jose

If the fries are a success, the fast food chain will make them available at nearly 250 McDonald’s restaurants across the Bay Area.

“The response from our customers has been very positive,” said Nick Vergis, Co-op President, San Francisco Bay Area. “

Known as the most iconic items on the menu, McDonald’s French fries are made with North-American-grown potatoes.

The garlic in the new Gilroy Garlic Fries is grown at the family-owned Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, the largest garlic production operation in the country.

“As many people know, McDonald's is committed to listening to our customers as seen by All Day Breakfast,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald's USA. “We’re proud of the work done by local franchisees and the regional team to create this menu item with locally-sourced garlic and we look forward to introducing Gilroy Garlic Fries to our customers in the Bay Area."

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