Getting Creative With Tater Tots

Tots at PB Shore Club
PB Shore Club Tots (courtesy photo)

Everybody knows a cold one and some appetizers help to make the season bright. Tater tots and fries all aglow will make your tummy happy tonight! Check out these San Diego spots for some of the best tater tot and fries around the city.

barleymash is a high-energy, downtown restaurant where elevated bar bites made with fresh ingredients can be enjoyed. Appetizers, burgers, salads, flatbreads and iron fries, hearty portions of home cut fries topped with a three-cheese blend and baked to perfection. There are five different variety of fry plates, including the All In with applewood-smoked bacon, chili-braised short rib, ale-braised pork shoulder, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce and fresh chilis.

After a day spent soaking up the sun at the beach, bring the gang into PB Shore Club, located just steps from the sand in PB! The beach bar is known for their frozen Red Bull Vodka Slushies and patio with breathtaking ocean views, but they also serve up tasty bar bites. Street tacos, wings and appetizers like the Shore Tater Tot Basket are a must-try. The heaping pile of tater tots that come smothered in cotija ranch is sure to satisfy any hankering you may have for tots this season. Yum!

Just down the boardwalk, check out Miss B’s Coconut Club to enjoy some tasty cocktails and chow down on some grub. Rum is the star of the drink menu which showcases many shareable punch bowls and photo-worthy cocktails, some of which come served in a brass pineapple or flamingo! Before deciding what to eat for lunch, order a plate of the Lechon Asado Fries for the table to split. Seasoned fries topped with roasted pulled pork, Jamaican beer cheese and sofrito, an aromatic blend of flavorful herbs and spices, are sure to make your mouth water.

Mavericks Beach Club is San Diego’s party destination, with daily activities, lively entertainment, 5 indoor/outdoor bars and Baja-inspired fresh food. Snack on the mildly spicy Buffalo Fries bowl, which consists of shoestring fries topped with buffalo chicken, chopped celery and ranch dressing. Mavericks also offers California Fries, piled high with carne asada, queso sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, lime crema and cotija cheese. Nosh on either while seated near the roaring fireplace or while challenging your friends to a game of giant Jenga, cornhole or Connect 4. There is always fun to be had at Mavericks!

You say tots and we say Bub’s @ The Beach! This Pacific Beach spot has a tot-tastic menu that features some of the greatest potato barrel inventions known to man. You can order your choice of topping served hot in your very own skillet or opt to share with the table, the choice is up to you. Cheddar and jalapeño jack cheese, bacon, scallions and sour cream atop crispy, crunchy tots make up the Tater Skin basket. Or go all out with the Schm’animal Tots with caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar and jack cheese, drizzled with Thousand Island dressing.