Attention fellow potato lovers: Tuesday, Feb. 2 is National Tater Tot Day. While many people turn up their noses at the thought of tater tots rather than french fries, I’m here to tell you that the deep-fried cylinder-shaped potato shreds need no defense. To wit, here are five places in the Valley to get tater tots.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
This Valley-wide burger joint puts out two crave-worthy tater tot dishes: Original “Tot Chos” smothered in beef chili, roasted pepper cheese sauce, sour cream and guacamole; and Buffalo Chicken “Tot Chos” topped with shredded buffalo chicken, green onions, bleu cheese crumbles and ranch dressing. What are you waiting for?
12 Valley locations, coldbeers.com
The tavern tots at Liberty Station are made from Yukon potato hash blended with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, poblano crema and then deep fried. They’re bigger than your average tater tot, but just as tasty.
34522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, libertystationtavern.com
Paradise Valley Burger Co.
You either love sweet potatoes or you don’t, but after tasting the sweet potato tater tots at Paradise Valley Burger Co. you might become a convert. Drench them with ketchup or ask for some jalapeno ranch dressing.
4001 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, pvburgercompany.com
At Perch Brewery, you get a choice of four preparations: jalapeno marmalade and ranch; buffalo and bleu cheese crumbles; beer cheese and bacon; or basil vinaigrette and goat cheese crumble. Tough choice. Why not try all four?
232 S. Wall St., Chandler, perchpubbrewery.com
State 48 Brewery
At State 48, order “Totchos” to go along with your favorite beer. Crispy tater tots here are blanketed with beer cheese, pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, bacon, black beans and green onions. The portion is big enough to share, but you just might want to get your own.
Five Valley locations, state48brewery.com