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Tater Tots Are Everywhere In Dallas Right Now — These Are the Eight Best

Town Hearth knows how to amp up tater tots.
Town Hearth knows how to amp up tater tots. Kathy Tran

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click to enlarge Green onions, finely grated cheddar and fontina cheese sauce cover tater tots in Deep Ellum's Hide. - NICK RALLO
Green onions, finely grated cheddar and fontina cheese sauce cover tater tots in Deep Ellum's Hide.
Nick Rallo
The Dirty Tots at Hide
2816 Elm St.
If you’re tired of tater tots, turn away: These are the Olympic torch of tater tots. They burn and crackle with heat (medallions of pickled jalapeños) and are laced with a sharp and creamy fontina cheese sauce and shards of bacon. Share with a friend and a scotch. The tots arrive blanketed, tot to tot, with cheddar. The heat from the jalapeños meets rich, fried potato. A finely grated layer of sharp cheddar counters the rich fontina. These are tots worth falling for.

click to enlarge High Fives has four versions of tater tots. - NICK RALLO
High Fives has four versions of tater tots.
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The Parmesan tots at High Fives
1804 McMillan Ave.
Truffle oil is usually a terrible, overused ingredient. The only application in which it seems to work is when it’s tossed with fried pods of tater tots, punctuated with lots of Parmesan. High Fives’ tots are flecked with Parmesan, bronzed and crunchy to the core. The musty, earthy qualities of the truffle oil waft in with this tray of tots at the little sandwich joint from chef Jeffrey Babb. Dip them in mustard or ketchup or nothing at all. You can make meal of them (they have multiple versions of tots, including “totchos,” tater tots and nachos combined into one beautiful thing). I like the simple, deeply savory Parmesan and truffle tots. They’ll remind you of a summer baseball game.

click to enlarge A local egg drapes over the tots at Velvet Taco. - VELVET TACO
A local egg drapes over the tots at Velvet Taco.
Velvet Taco
The crisp tots and local egg at Velvet Taco
3012 N. Henderson Ave.
One of the best orders at Velvet Taco isn’t a taco. It’s a heavy-as-a-bowling-ball tray of tater tots, topped with a farm, sunny-side up egg. Despite the nodes of goat cheese, melted cheddar and avocado crema, the tater tots are salty and crispy throughout. The egg has a jiggly yolk, running over the hot, salty pods when you slice it down the center. There's chili butter somewhere in there, too. Add Topo Chico for your health. Bonus: Velvet Taco is open nearly all night. You can get these tater tots right after the bar closes.

click to enlarge Town Hearth knows how to amp up tater tots. - KATHY TRAN
Town Hearth knows how to amp up tater tots.
Kathy Tran
The Tots Du Jour at Town Hearth
1617 Market Center Blvd.
Everything you know about tater tots becomes irrelevant when you arrive at Town Hearth. For starters, an order of tater tots will cost you more than $20 with tax. Don’t panic; you’re getting your money’s worth. The joy of what’s on the tots rotates: You may find tots done Oscar, with béarnaise sauce and bolts of fresh, luxurious crabmeat. You may find the tots centered on a moat of French onion soup or inside an autographed apron of Mario Batali. OK, not the last one, but you get the idea. Whether you find an sunset-hued egg on top or a short rib, each one of these tater tots crunches. It's salty and fantastic.
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