Food & Drink

These are the 5 best tots in the ATL

Published On 09/17/2013 Published On 09/17/2013
best tater tots in atlanta

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...

5. Zesto
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
Poncey-Highland
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
Poncey-Highlands
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 Piedmont Park
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.

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1. FLiP Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

Flip Burger Boutique, the Atlanta-born, modern burger joint from acclaimed Chef Richard Blais, was one of the city’s first to hone in on boutique burgers, and it ignited a frenzy. Now with locations in Nashville and Birmingham, Flip continues to serve the Southeastern masses over a dozen innovative burgers, sides, and nitro-milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic, but the Stack is something really special (two specialty-seasoned patties, American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, flip sauce, you’re welcome). If you’re craving adventure, try the raw steak tartare burger, or go poultry with the fried chicken sandwich, or avoid meat all together with the "Fauxlafel." No matter what you order, it’s important to enjoy it with a side of sweet potato tots, and to wash it down with a milkshake.

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2. The Highlander 931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

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.

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3. The Nook 1144 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

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.

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4. The Vortex 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

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.

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5. Zesto 377 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Home of the original double-decker burger in Atlanta, Zesto's slinging all kinds of burgers, wings, dogs, sundaes, and sides like onion rings and cheese fries.

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