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11 Tater Tot Dishes to Immediately Devour in Charleston

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Always seemingly playing second fiddle to French fries, the lowly tot is making its name as not just a second option but a worthy companion to anyone's meal. Maybe it was a little film made in Idaho and its protagonist's love of these cylindrical hash browns that got them back into the forefront of our minds as more than just bags of frozen food. It's certainly in the end just one version of fried potatoes but then again it could be celery. Either way, these fried bite size treats are showing up all over town and worthy of your indulgence. Many potatoes died to bring us this information, so enjoy with your favorite choice of condiment.

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1. Big Billy's Burger Joint

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5070 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 747-4949
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If you want a classic tot, head to this North Charleston restaurant near the Tanger Outlets. These crunchy tots are served in a mini fryer basket surrounded in newspaper. Pair it with a boozy shake and bring your childhood into adulthood.

2. Charleston Sports Pub

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1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
Why not blend another amazing food like nachos with tots? Charleston Sports Pub takes this idea and adds brisket and peppers. Well-seasoned with spices and the queso being layered on the bottom keeps the crunch of the tots together. Dirty cheap mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays, plenty of TVs, and football coming soon means you have no excuses.

3. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

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126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403
The third iteration of the local BBQ restaurant chain added a few new items to their menu for this location. An order will get you rosemary herbed tots with harissa aioli on the side to dip. Watch your basket because wandering hands will certainly make their way towards you. Hoard them as best you can.
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4. HŌM

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563 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7505
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On the menu, the term "Fancy Tots" grabs your attention. When they hit the table, there is a veil of parmesan cheese on top which can never be a bad first impression. Add in some diced herbs and a dipping sauce full of truffle oil allowing you to decide how mushroom-y you want your tots. These will shut down any ping pong game you were playing until you finish them.
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5. Charleston Beer Works

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480 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5885
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CBW is also doing a take on the tot/nacho hybrid. Catch them after 10:00 p.m. on their late night menu. This is the perfect kind of messy. Taking all the elements of a classic Tex-Mex nacho (queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, and chopped lettuce) and adding tots is pure genius. With a large selection of local beers, there is plenty to keep your night going in the right direction.
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6. Mac's Place Pub And Grub

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215 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4653
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Feeling a bit more sweet than savory, stop by the local Chicago sports bar for their sweet potato tots. These rounded, bit size bites of fried sweet potato come in a sizeable basket accompanied with seasoned butter to take these tots far beyond the norm.

7. Stars

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495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0100
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These were the largest tots by far, bordering on oversized hush puppies stuffed with bacon. The order came on a long plate with a black-pepper, buttermilk dressing laid down for the tots to bathe in and be dipped in after each bite.

8. Recovery Room

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685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0999
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They have always been serious about tots at Rec Room, even hosting a multi-coursed, tots and beer dinner a few years back. These Tater Tachos™ take your standard tots and dress them up with a monterey jack/cheddar cheese blend, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. Do your part and order a 12-ounce PBR can.
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9. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 209-1498
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They aren’t fancy tots at Bay St, but rather freaky tatters. The fact that you get the option of adding pork, chicken, or shrimp as well as bacon jam to these tots means you can get all the meats too. You could just go with the standard demi-glaze, smoke haus cheese sauce, and green onions but why?
BSB

10. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

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15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 769-0228
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This funky tiki bar wholly embraces the meshing of truffle and tots. Voodoo in Avondale tosses the tots in truffle oil and sea salt right after getting pulled from the fryer to maximize the amount that is on each bite. Add in their garlic aioli and green curry aioli on the side for dipping, any drink with lots of rum, and you are sitting pretty.

11. The Alley

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131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 818-4080
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The tots at this downtown bowling alley are reminiscent of another great potato dish, the loaded baked potato. With two different kinds of cheeses, bacon, green onion, and a huge dollop of sour cream, it's almost a meal in itself. Pair it on Thursday with one of their $4 burgers and don't worry about being hungry for awhile.

1. Big Billy's Burger Joint

5070 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418
If you want a classic tot, head to this North Charleston restaurant near the Tanger Outlets. These crunchy tots are served in a mini fryer basket surrounded in newspaper. Pair it with a boozy shake and bring your childhood into adulthood.
5070 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418

2. Charleston Sports Pub

1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
Why not blend another amazing food like nachos with tots? Charleston Sports Pub takes this idea and adds brisket and peppers. Well-seasoned with spices and the queso being layered on the bottom keeps the crunch of the tots together. Dirty cheap mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays, plenty of TVs, and football coming soon means you have no excuses.
1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

3. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

126 Williman St, Charleston, SC 29403
Robert Donovan
The third iteration of the local BBQ restaurant chain added a few new items to their menu for this location. An order will get you rosemary herbed tots with harissa aioli on the side to dip. Watch your basket because wandering hands will certainly make their way towards you. Hoard them as best you can.
126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. HŌM

563 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins
On the menu, the term "Fancy Tots" grabs your attention. When they hit the table, there is a veil of parmesan cheese on top which can never be a bad first impression. Add in some diced herbs and a dipping sauce full of truffle oil allowing you to decide how mushroom-y you want your tots. These will shut down any ping pong game you were playing until you finish them.
563 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Charleston Beer Works

480 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins
CBW is also doing a take on the tot/nacho hybrid. Catch them after 10:00 p.m. on their late night menu. This is the perfect kind of messy. Taking all the elements of a classic Tex-Mex nacho (queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, and chopped lettuce) and adding tots is pure genius. With a large selection of local beers, there is plenty to keep your night going in the right direction.
480 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Mac's Place Pub And Grub

215 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Feeling a bit more sweet than savory, stop by the local Chicago sports bar for their sweet potato tots. These rounded, bit size bites of fried sweet potato come in a sizeable basket accompanied with seasoned butter to take these tots far beyond the norm.
215 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Stars

495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
These were the largest tots by far, bordering on oversized hush puppies stuffed with bacon. The order came on a long plate with a black-pepper, buttermilk dressing laid down for the tots to bathe in and be dipped in after each bite.
495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Recovery Room

685 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins
They have always been serious about tots at Rec Room, even hosting a multi-coursed, tots and beer dinner a few years back. These Tater Tachos™ take your standard tots and dress them up with a monterey jack/cheddar cheese blend, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. Do your part and order a 12-ounce PBR can.
685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Bay Street Biergarten

549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
BSB
They aren’t fancy tots at Bay St, but rather freaky tatters. The fact that you get the option of adding pork, chicken, or shrimp as well as bacon jam to these tots means you can get all the meats too. You could just go with the standard demi-glaze, smoke haus cheese sauce, and green onions but why?
549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

15 Magnolia Dr, Charleston, SC 29407
This funky tiki bar wholly embraces the meshing of truffle and tots. Voodoo in Avondale tosses the tots in truffle oil and sea salt right after getting pulled from the fryer to maximize the amount that is on each bite. Add in their garlic aioli and green curry aioli on the side for dipping, any drink with lots of rum, and you are sitting pretty.
15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407

11. The Alley

131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403
The tots at this downtown bowling alley are reminiscent of another great potato dish, the loaded baked potato. With two different kinds of cheeses, bacon, green onion, and a huge dollop of sour cream, it's almost a meal in itself. Pair it on Thursday with one of their $4 burgers and don't worry about being hungry for awhile.
131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403

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