Some things about potatoes are obviously up for debate -- if they're good for you, how they're spelled (we're looking at you, Dan Quayle) -- but there's absolutely no doubt that tater tots are the best way to eat 'em. However, so many of Atlanta’s chefs are turning these crispy nugs into spudly masterpieces, that picking the best tots can actually be pretty tough. Luckily, we did it for you...
These are the 5 best tots in the ATL
Little Five Points
What you’re ordering: Chili Cheese Tots
Quick, fast, and oh-so-delicious, Zesto’s tots have a street-food-ish style that’s perfect after a night out in Little Five. This simple staple is like the Waffle House of tots: always consistent, and always
filled with people who really should cut down on the carbs delicious.
4. Flip Burger
What you’re ordering: Sweet Potato Tots
Richard Blais' sweet potato tots are made with an appropriately Top-Chef-y coffee and BBQ mixture that gives them a sweet, smoky flavor that’s like potato candy.
3. The Vortex
Midtown/Little Five Points
What you’re ordering: Cheesy-Cheese Goo
This burger mainstay's Cheesy-Cheese Goo is like fondue, but without all those French pretensions like long forks and vegetables. Pro tip: smother your tots in it, but let them sit for just a minute. The coagulation gives you little tot bunches.
2. The Highlander
What you’re ordering: Tots All The Way
The Highlander's tots are suitably hardcore given's this boozer's badass metal bar rep. You’ll get a massive heap of just-crunchy tots smothered with toppings that would make any plate of nachos jealous.
1. The Nook
What you’re ordering: Redneck Totchos
Piedmont Park may not have any double wides in it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy that authentic trailer park flavor. Pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and a little jalapeno for heat make these tots a full meal, whether your house has wheels or not.
This creative burger boutique is taking burgers to levels you've never imagined by making them super-classy and artisanal like the Steak Tartare burger with a fried egg, cornichons, frisee salad, pickled shallots, and smoked mayo. Pro tip: order the sweet potato tots. You won't regret it.
Whether you're looking for late-night eats or a late-night party, head to The Highlander in Midtown where they've got a patio, full game room (pool tables, air hockey, pinball, and more), delicious bar eats, and, of course, a full bar to keep you well hydrated.
A neighborhood tavern with tasty bar eats that're actually affordable -- they've got a whole 10-10 menu stocked with 10 items for $10 or less. We're pretty sure Charlie Sheen would call that winning.
This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back and fun crowd (they're usually pretty young, too). It's hard to imagine why anyone here would be picky with their food when they've got such a massive selection of whopping, diverse signature burgers like the Hawaiian-themed Freaky Tiki and the Holy Guacamole (self-explanatory), along with a hefty selection of local draft beers (and beer cocktails), cocktails and shooters.