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Hot for Tots:
7 places that elevate the humble tater tot to art.
By Amanda Rock



According to my recent (and unscientific) Twitter poll, 57 percent of people prefer tater tots over french fries. Golden fried orbs of potato bits have won over the hearts of Utahns, whether it's from childhood nostalgia or the fact that they're delicious and versatile. Dress them up or dress them down; we are hot for tots! Aside from that Ore-Ida bag in your freezer, where can you score some tots? From Salt Lake City's hottest cocktail bars to a fast food drive-thru, we've got you covered.

Campfire Lounge in Sugar House has the most extensive tot menu, serving them plain, smothered or even taking the place of fries in their fish (or shrimp) 'n' tots. You can't go wrong with Tot-zzas ($8), loaded with pizza toppings like savory sausage, marinara and melty, stretchy provolone cheese. Tot-zzas are meal-worthy, fun to share and even more fun to pronounce.
837 E. 2100 South, 801-467-3325, campfirelounge.com

Bourbon House Totchos - JOHN TAYLOR
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  • Bourbon House Totchos

Another tot dish loaded with goodness comes from the Bourbon House. Totchos ($10) rival Tot-zzas with an equally fun name, plus they're just as tasty. Like nachos, these craveable tater tots are cheesy—covered in fontina, cheddar jack and queso fresco. Roasted jalapeños, a drizzle of crème fraîche, roasted tomatillo salsa and a sprinkling of green onion make them fancy.
19 E. 200 South, 801-746-1005, bourbonhouseslc.com

Since we're talking upscale tots, you have to try them with garlic aioli ($4) at Copper Common. You won't find a more sophisticated tot dish than this bar snack of six perfectly executed housemade tots, each with a delicate drizzle of garlicky goodness.
111 E. 300 South, Ste. 190, 801-355-0543, coppercommon.com

Ice Haüs’ sweet potato tots - JOHN TAYLOR
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  • Ice Haüs’ sweet potato tots

On the other end of the flavor spectrum, you'll find sweet potato tots ($6) from Ice Haüs in Murray. Sweet and savory, these taters are served with cinnamon-honey butter, and pair perfectly with hearty burgers and draft beer.
7 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-266-2127, icehaus.com

The Garage on Beck - JOSH SCHEUERMAN
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  • The Garage on Beck

Sweet potatoes are also featured at Garage on Beck. Try Marsha's Hot Sweet Tots ($5), a clever combination of regular potato and sweet potato, all spiced up. Shout out to their fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes, which are also round, warm and made of spuds.
1199 Beck St., 801-521-3904, garageonbeck.com

If you need a quick tot fix, or if you're under 21, hit up your local Taco Time. They're called Mexi-Fries on the menu, but we know tots when we see them. Choose from plain ($1.39-$2.49), lightly dusted with spices; or feast on an order of Stuffed Mexi Tots ($2.49-$3.99), chock-full of creamy cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños.
Multiple locations, tacotime.com

Where else can you get a side of history with your tots? The Capitol Café, located inside the Utah Capitol is open to the public and offers reasonably priced eats, including tater tots for only $1.89. Drown 'em in fry sauce, grab a table and enjoy some compelling people-watching. Maybe you'll even catch a few state officials chowing down on burgers and tots. Wander the Capitol grounds, admire the statues and monuments and drop in on one of the hourly tours while you're there.
350 N. State, 801-538-1095, utahstatecapitol.utah.gov

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Alluring Appetites
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A Cheapskate's Guide to SLC
Think good grub means breaking the bank? Think again.
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Try the Grilled Cheese
A vegetarian reviews local hotel food.
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Hot for Tots
7 places that elevate the humble tater tot to art.
By Amanda Rock


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Confirmed Classics
We tip our hats to longstanding, bona fide Utah eateries.
By Carolyn Campbell


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The Meatmen Cometh
Inside the lost art of meat-cutting.
By Alex Springer


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SLURP!
Where to go when you got it bad for boba.
By Amanda Rock


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Make it pop
Where to go for fine food with a side of spontaneity.
By Darby Doyle


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Breaking Bread
10 superlative sandwiches spots.
By Ted Scheffler


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Humble Crumble
Here's where to get your cookie fix.
By Amanda Rock


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Brain Freeze
Utah: Home to a bevy of frozen treats.
By Carolyn Campbell



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