A dish usually served at breakfast in the eastern United States consisting of cubed potatoes, either precooked or raw, fried or grilled (on a diner grill, not a barbecue) until browned. The dish is sometimes augmented with the addition of onion or green bell pepper, and some restaurants enhance its color with paprika. If home fries are done correctly, this is unnecessary. "Smothered home fries," or home fries covered with melted cheese, are sometimes considered a complete meal.

Do not confuse home fries with hash browns, which are served in the place of home fries in places west of the Mississippi. They are very good, but a different thing entirely.