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  • #66292

    Avocado Head
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    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?

    -Avo

    #66293

    Angeline
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    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…

    #66294

    Avocado Head
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    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…

    -Avo

    #66332

    Rudy
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    Tots are definitely a PNW product (ask Napoleon Dynamite). I think they were first created by the Ore-Ida company (Ore-Ida = Oregon-Idaho).

    #66335

    Avocado Head
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    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…

    Avo

    #66352

    great idea
    Participant

    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?

    #66357

    Rudy
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    Mexi-fries are just tater tots. That fact that you order them alongside a taco is what gives them the ‘Mexi’ moniker.

    #66358

    Mondoman
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    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=855

    #66363

    briarrose
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    Where are you eating? I can’t say I have ever seen a tater tot on a menu.

    #66364

    SunsetHillGuy
    Participant

    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.

    #66365

    Laura13
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    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.

    #66369

    Jimmy Rustler
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    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!!!

    #66371

    gracie
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    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.

    #66372

    Cate
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    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?

    #66373

    Edog
    Participant

    I think Oreida sells big frozen bags of escargot too!

    #66374

    Quercus
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    Trader Joes has sweet potato tater tots in the freezer section, or at lest they used to.
    Yum!
    School lunch in Iowa included tater tot casserole at least twice a month.

    #66375

    Laura13
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    @sunsethillguy – All the McMenamins have them! The one in LQA and Six Arms downtown are all way closer than Oly!

    @cate – Tots are a Midwest/Minnesota thing too. Have you ever had the “Hot Dish”?

    #66378

    Sunset Hill David
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    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 myself

    #66380

    Allison W
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    Pretty sure Olaf’s has a fryer. They also have fried pickles on the menu.

    #66381

    SmartsyArtsy
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    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!!

    #66382

    Edog
    Participant

    Is Olaf’s any different than the copper gate, or is just the same place with a new sign?

    #66385

    SmartsyArtsy
    Participant

    Dont know, but Groupon still thinks they are in business!

    #66386

    SunsetHillGuy
    Participant

    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.

    #66389

    phoo
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    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!

    #66390

    gordy
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    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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