Tater tots get an Asian spin at Korean Chinese gastropub Pijiu Belly (678 10th St. NW, Atlanta, 404-343-6828, pijiubelly.com). The Thai Tots are made from sweet potatoes, wok-tossed in garlic, jalapenos and cilantro, then drizzled with a spicy sriracha mayo sauce. They're crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside.
Branch & Barrel (4100 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, 678-436-5655, experienceavalon.com/restaurants/branch-barrel) at Avalon serves a decadent side with flavors of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada: jalapeño candied bacon and sweet potato fries with maple aioli. Heat, sweetness and rich textures meld into a dish you'll want to order again.
A plethora of tater tot dishes are on the menu at the Nook (1144 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-745-9222, thenookatlanta.com). Cajun, nacho and Buffalo chicken are among the offerings, as well as the Redneck Totchos — tots smothered with mesquite smoked pork, Coca-Cola barbecue sauce, jalapeños and cheese sauce.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia tots from Super Tot Truck are loaded with smoked pork, a Cherry Coke-chipotle barbecue sauce, sriracha-ranch slaw, crispy fried onion strings and fried pickles. Photo: courtesy of Super Tot Truck
Super Tot Truck (3173 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-824-0121, supertottruck.com) roams the city with loaded and layered tots, ranging from vegan tots to smoked brisket chili cheese tots. Try the Cactus Hugger for a Southwest vegetarian concoction covered in queso, cheddar cheese, roasted corn and spicy black bean salsa. Avocado, sour cream, green onions and fried jalapenos round out the toppings. Or, opt for Southern-style tots loaded with 14-hour smoked pork, a Cherry Coke-chipotle barbecue sauce, sriracha-ranch slaw, crispy fried onion strings and fried pickles.
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