Tater Tot Hautedish
Haute Dish (address and info)
If you’ve ever had a traditional tater tot hot dish -- made with ground beef, canned green beans, and canned cream of mushroom soup, which inevitably is covered with a layer of tater tots -- you know this version is almost nothing like it... but still similar. Instead of ground beef, this is served with a rich, slow braised short rib that comes with fresh cooked green beans, a smear of porcini cream sauce, and loads of homemade cheese stuffed tater tots (though really they're quite a bit more than your average tot: large potato croquettes stuffed with cheese, breaded, and then fried). While it’s an upscale version in every single way, it never loses its tried and true roots.
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Keane Amdahl is a veteran Twin Cities food writer who likes it when food tickles his soul. Follow his misadventures on Twitter @FoodStoned.