- 05/15/2014 at 7:54 am #66292
OK, so Me and Mrs. Avocado have only been in Washington for a year and a half, and we are still wrapping our heads around a few of Seattle’s quirks…
What is the story with tater tots, and the fact that they are on about 80% of the menus we see? Sometimes with different names, but still tots. I honestly don’t think I have seen tater tots on a menu since grade school cafeteria. (Or big white plastic sacks at Grocery Outlet)
What’s the next big food trend, fish stix?
-Avo05/15/2014 at 8:10 am #66293
Wait, are you referring to “Mexi-Fries?”
I can still remember the first time I ordered at Taco Time. The veggie burrito and Mexi-fries. So confusing! A burrito with bean sprouts in it, and tater tots. That’s when I knew I wasn’t in Texas anymore…05/15/2014 at 8:14 am #66294
LOL yes! We tried Taco Time (once) and laughed at the mexi-fries. I’ve seen them called something else too, but can’t quite remember…
-Avo05/15/2014 at 9:38 am #66332
Tots are definitely a PNW product (ask Napoleon Dynamite). I think they were first created by the Ore-Ida company (Ore-Ida = Oregon-Idaho).05/15/2014 at 9:45 am #66335
Ah! Never knew that about Ore-Ida, but of course…
I have to say that the potatoes here are really really good… Trying not to eat them because for the sake of my waistline, either potatoes or beer had to take a time-out, and, well…
Avo05/15/2014 at 10:46 am #66352
they should make sweet potato tater tots which would taste better and have at least some nutritional value.
I’ve never heard them called mexi-fries before. are they just plain tater tots or is there some chili powder/ jalapeno thing going on?05/15/2014 at 10:58 am #66357
Mexi-fries are just tater tots. That fact that you order them alongside a taco is what gives them the ‘Mexi’ moniker.05/15/2014 at 11:21 am #66358
From at least the 50s through the 80s in Mountain View, CA, there was a drive-in restaurant on El Camino called Linda’s whose claim to fame was their “Parisian” burgers (served on a crusty French roll) and their unique “fries” (Tater tots). Fast food looms large in memories of early childhood!
http://www.ecphorizer.com/EPS/site_page.php?issue=51&page=85505/15/2014 at 12:40 pm #66363
Where are you eating? I can’t say I have ever seen a tater tot on a menu.05/15/2014 at 12:41 pm #66364
they’re just good eats, come in bite size shape and can be made any way you like. Try the Cajun ones at the Spar in Olympia some time, well worth the drive down there.05/15/2014 at 12:44 pm #66365
Try Tater Tot Tuesday at Zayda Buddy’s. All you have to do is buy a beer (or any other beverage) and you get a free order of tots.05/15/2014 at 1:14 pm #66369
Oh weird, I was just reading this article yesterday http://www.seattlemet.com/slideshows/tots-around-the-clock-2014#slide=1
Look at these ones!!!05/15/2014 at 1:44 pm #66371
Saw this and laughed. Just In restaurant and ordered sandwich and on the side big order tater tots. Ate most of sandwich, got doggy bag and brought tots to birds at bottom of 14th nw. Little sparrow, ducks, crows starlings devored them.05/15/2014 at 2:08 pm #66372
It’s a NW thing? Hmm. Didn’t know that. Tater Tots are way better then french fries, particularly Taco Times. Greasy, salty, crunchy – what’s not to love?05/15/2014 at 2:18 pm #66373
I think Oreida sells big frozen bags of escargot too!05/15/2014 at 2:37 pm #66374
Trader Joes has sweet potato tater tots in the freezer section, or at lest they used to.
School lunch in Iowa included tater tot casserole at least twice a month.05/15/2014 at 2:45 pm #66375
Laura13Participant05/15/2014 at 3:12 pm #66378
Sunset Hill DavidParticipant
The way I understand it, some places like Olaf’s, serve tater tots because they don’t have a deep fryer. Not being able to make fries, they make taters tots, which can be baked or microwaved.
I don’t really like them that much myself05/15/2014 at 4:02 pm #66380
Pretty sure Olaf’s has a fryer. They also have fried pickles on the menu.05/15/2014 at 4:11 pm #66381
Angeline, i ate in Taco Time for the first time last week & was a bit grossed out by the ranch dressing in a taco. I too thought, i am not in Mexico or the East coast!!
As far as Yator Tots, I dont even know what they are! Def never on a menu in the east!!05/15/2014 at 4:22 pm #66382
Is Olaf’s any different than the copper gate, or is just the same place with a new sign?05/15/2014 at 4:59 pm #66385
Dont know, but Groupon still thinks they are in business!05/15/2014 at 5:01 pm #66386
Laura – thanx for the tip. The Spar is only place I’d seen them before but I’ve not tried any other of the McMenamins places. plus the Spar and my family go back a long ways to when my grandfather worked at a logging camp outside Shelton.05/15/2014 at 5:38 pm #66389
Rudy’s right – this isn’t just a Seattle/Washington thing. People in Portland love their tots too. Though all I can think of when I think of Portland is the amazing almond stuffed bacon wrapped dates I had at a food cart. Yummmm.
I’ve had Olaf’s tots. They are most definitely deep fried. They also make corn dogs, and you pretty much have to deep fry those. There are oven work arounds, but they are clumsy and wouldn’t produce the shape I’ve seen others eating (I also think it would be too big of a pain in the ass for a bar to bake corn dogs!).
Olaf’s is different than copper gate – different owners, different food and philosophy. And I love their burger!05/15/2014 at 5:38 pm #66390
What about Tater Tot casserole? That always seemed like a Midwest/comfort food kind of thing. Basically ground beef, cream of mushroom soup and Tater Tots.
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