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Best tater tots

Posted March 5, 2012

Tater tots were a staple of my diet growing up. At least once a week, I could convince my mom to make them and some chicken nuggets for dinner. It was one of the few things I ate as a child besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Glad I grew out of that picky phase! 

With extensive knowledge of potatoes shaped like tots, I complied a list of our five favorite tater tots in the area. Check them out: 

Flying Saucer(Raleigh) - They made the list for their Rocket Tots appetizer – bite-sized cheese & pepper tots with habanero sour cream dipping sauce. Just the perfect amount of spice and cheese. 

Falls Tap Room (Raleigh) - They offer their tots Irish-nacho style, covered with queso, pico and sour cream. A treat for the tastebuds. 

loaded tots

Busy Bee (Raleigh) -  They offer plain tater tots as a side, but the real draw is their small plate of loaded tots, covered in cheddar, bacon, sour cream and scallions. They even offer the loaded tots on a burger. How can you say no to that?! They taste like mini-baked potato bites. (Note: They are also WRAL's Ken Smith approved!)

Overtime Sports Pub (Knightdale) - It is a great surprise to find a bounty of these bite-sized crispy treats at the bottom of your basket of chicken fingers! 

Sonic (various) - For the tater tot purists, I had to pick this place. Sometimes they are a little too salty (depending on which location you visit), but most of the time I get them they are perfect! These crispy treats are joy in your mouth! Just ask Ken Smith, who has Sonic in his blood (literally, because I think he eats it that much!) 

So where do you like to grab some tater tots, besides your local supermarket freezer section?


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  • Gerbil Herder Mar 9, 2012

    "I find it hard to fathom that some chain restaurant would make the list when KoKyu's duck fat tots did not? I weep for humanity."

    Ha, ha, ha...get over yourself.

  • Gerbil Herder Mar 9, 2012

    My elementary school cafeteria.

  • rsingletary Mar 6, 2012

    Sounds like dickle would like some TOFU TOTS uncooked or maybe some baked tree BARK

  • pirategirl12 Mar 6, 2012

    I do not usually go for the tater tot option but snagged one from my hubby's plate when we ate @ Backyard Bistro a few weeks ago. They were awesome! Not greasy...very crispy...with a simple seasoning salt on them. Yum!

  • kermelbar Mar 5, 2012

    @LIVEITUP - Haven't tried Sonic's, but have had them at Barking Cow (Lake Boone Traile) and they were yummy.

  • LIVEITUP Mar 5, 2012

    ooops... potato.

  • LIVEITUP Mar 5, 2012

    Has anyone tried Sonics new Sweet Potatoe Tots?

  • Moriahe Mar 5, 2012

    I find it hard to fathom that some chain restaurant would make the list when KoKyu's duck fat tots did not? I weep for humanity.

  • Khanrahan Mar 5, 2012

    You had me at Duck fat!

  • zensequential Mar 5, 2012

    If you are into the food truck culture, KoKyu (@KoKyuBBQ on twitter) has an excellent item "Duck fat tots"that is worth trying