Two Kahuna – ancient sorcerers of the Pacific – compete for dominance on an archipelago consisting of twelve small islands. Using their magic and wisdom, they struggle for control of the islands. They anxiously await the cards handed to them by fate. But when the time is right, they move to capture one, two, or even more islands, trying to gain the upper hand.

At the mercy of the magical powers of the South Seas, they quickly realize that even the best magic is no good without strategy.

In Lord of the Fries, players are dealt a random hand of ingredients, which they will use to complete menu items. At the beginning of each round, a player will either roll or call an order. Taking turns starting with the next player on the left, players will either fulfill the order using ingredients in their hands, or pass, forfeiting a card from their hand. If everyone passes, the customer gets impatient, and the round continues to the left; but this time, players may leave out an ingredient from the order.