Bone Lick BBQ serves up these tots piled high with pork, cheese and jalapenos
Photo: Caren West PR
Photo: Caren West PR

Atlanta's tour de tater tot

These little nuggets of joy take us back to the days of the schoolhouse cafeteria. Grown-ups can have these treats now too, right? And no, we’re not talking about giant brown bags emptied into fryers. These tots are the real deal. These restaurants are stepping up their tater game in ways that make us – and our bellies – very happy indeed.

Bone Lick BBQ 

1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; 404-343-6574,

The Westside BBQ joint from Mike LeSage loves to have fun. With old school arcade games inside and a dish like Big ‘Ol Totties on the menu, you can’t help but feeling that. And those Big ‘Ol Totties are like the kitchen sink of tater tots. These bad boys are piled with tots, sausage, pulled pork, chipotle BBQ sauce, brunswick stew, homemade cheese sauce and jalapenos.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; 404-577-4030,

It’s safe to say that Fox Bros. BBQ has completely taken over the city when it comes to ‘cue. The brothers from Texas are pushing out traditional favorites and dishes that show their willingness to just have fun. One of these dishes is the Tomminator. Created when the guys were cooking up fare at Smith’s Olde Bar, the masterpiece is made of tater tots layered with brunswick stew and cheese. It’s like a Texas style poutine by way of Atlanta!

The Highlander

931 Monroe Dr NE c101, Atlanta, GA 30308; 404-872-0060,

You simply cannot have a discussion about tater tots in this city without mentioning The Highlander. This bar has single-handedly raised the bar for pub grub in this city. If you want a low-key night out with your friends, this is the spot. Sidle up to the bar and order a Miller High Life, a shot of Jager and a pitcher of tots. The order will destroy even the trace of a hangover.

The Nook

1144 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309; 404-754-9222,

Ok, sure, you can go to Piedmont Park to run and workout…or you can go to Piedmont Park and train your taste buds for glory. Enter, the Nook’s Redneck Totchos. Yes, that’s totchos with a ‘t’. Created by loading up their tots with the Nook’s secret cheese sauce, house smoked pulled pork, Coca-Cola BBQ sauce and freshly sliced jalapenos! Y’all…

Republic Social House

437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-577-399,

Imagine you, your best friends, a rooftop patio, a giant Jenga game…and a whole mess of tots! One of our favorite summertime activities in this fair city is rooftop hopping, and Memorial Drive has its fair share. For Sunday brunch it doesn’t get much better than Republic Social House. Their tots are the classic deep-fried, dunk-’em-in-ketchup variety. And the view of Oakland Cemetery across the street will just remind you to live – and eat – each day with joy.

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