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Gamja Fries at Namu Gaji
Gamja Fries at Namu Gaji
Namu Gaji

9 Deranged (and Awesome) Versions of Tater Tots and French Fries

These side items are over-the-top and under appreciated.

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In honor of the last day of Eater Burger Week, take a few moments to honor the often humble sidekicks to the mighty burger: tater tots and French fries. When fried to perfection, these accompaniments are stars in their own right, but when slathered with a variety of artery-clogging toppings, they're almost irresistible. We've rounded up nine of the Bay Areas messiest fried potato-based creations; proceed with caution.

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Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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This bro-friendly Mission bar is not lacking in tot options. From the garlic crab tots (or fries) with Sriracha mayo to truffle fries to totchos, there is something fried for everyone.

Jamber Wine Pub

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Jamber's menu of comfort food wouldn't be complete without some kind of decadent potato product. Their twist on the classic tot is a parmesan and rosemary "mashed potater tot" served with a choice of bacon jam or cranberry-walnut jam (as if there is a choice when bacon jam is involved). Oh, and they've got classic poutine, too.

Namu Gaji

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The Gamja fries at Namu Gaji are an intimidating basket of hand-cut fries, kimchee relish, gochujang, Kewpie mayo, teriyaki sauce and green onions, with either bulgogi beef or chicken thighs. They're not your typical dive bar chili cheese fries, so be ready for intense flavors and the need for a post-fry consumption nap.

Smoke's Poutinerie

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Smoke's is the first American outpost of the Canadian poutine chain, serving up a wide variety of gravy-soaked fries and crazy toppings on the edge of UC-Berkeley's campus. Perfect for Eater Burger Week, the bacon cheeseburger poutine is a basket of crisp fries covered in bacon, prime ground beef and cheese sauce. Or, go classic with the traditional poutine, featuring gravy, fries and cheese curds.

The Boardroom

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Feel like classic tater tots are missing something? It's probably bacon. The Boardroom lovingly wraps their fried nuggets of shredded potatoes in thin slices of bacon, fries them until golden brown and serves them with ranch.

Thee Parkside

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Go straight for the carne asada tots at this Potrero Hill dive bar. Then, wash them down with some PBR and a metal show.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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Though they might not be like the cheese fries your grandmother used to make, these fries are not messing around. Wise Son's tops their fries with bechamel, russian dressing, plenty of their pastrami and chopped pickles.

4505 Burgers & BBQ

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4505'S chimichurri fries take garlic fries to another level, drizzling half a pound of crispy fries with an intensely flavorful sauce of garlic, herbs and salt.

In-N-Out Burger

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And of course, In-N-Out's animal-style fries are a classic burger accompaniment, featuring a whole bunch of cheese, secret sauce and grilled onions. Any good IN-N-Outer can tell you that this amazing concoction is also available slathered on burgers, which is pretty much the only way to go.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

This bro-friendly Mission bar is not lacking in tot options. From the garlic crab tots (or fries) with Sriracha mayo to truffle fries to totchos, there is something fried for everyone.

Jamber Wine Pub

Jamber's menu of comfort food wouldn't be complete without some kind of decadent potato product. Their twist on the classic tot is a parmesan and rosemary "mashed potater tot" served with a choice of bacon jam or cranberry-walnut jam (as if there is a choice when bacon jam is involved). Oh, and they've got classic poutine, too.

Namu Gaji

The Gamja fries at Namu Gaji are an intimidating basket of hand-cut fries, kimchee relish, gochujang, Kewpie mayo, teriyaki sauce and green onions, with either bulgogi beef or chicken thighs. They're not your typical dive bar chili cheese fries, so be ready for intense flavors and the need for a post-fry consumption nap.

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke's is the first American outpost of the Canadian poutine chain, serving up a wide variety of gravy-soaked fries and crazy toppings on the edge of UC-Berkeley's campus. Perfect for Eater Burger Week, the bacon cheeseburger poutine is a basket of crisp fries covered in bacon, prime ground beef and cheese sauce. Or, go classic with the traditional poutine, featuring gravy, fries and cheese curds.

The Boardroom

Feel like classic tater tots are missing something? It's probably bacon. The Boardroom lovingly wraps their fried nuggets of shredded potatoes in thin slices of bacon, fries them until golden brown and serves them with ranch.

Thee Parkside

Go straight for the carne asada tots at this Potrero Hill dive bar. Then, wash them down with some PBR and a metal show.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Though they might not be like the cheese fries your grandmother used to make, these fries are not messing around. Wise Son's tops their fries with bechamel, russian dressing, plenty of their pastrami and chopped pickles.

4505 Burgers & BBQ

4505'S chimichurri fries take garlic fries to another level, drizzling half a pound of crispy fries with an intensely flavorful sauce of garlic, herbs and salt.

In-N-Out Burger

And of course, In-N-Out's animal-style fries are a classic burger accompaniment, featuring a whole bunch of cheese, secret sauce and grilled onions. Any good IN-N-Outer can tell you that this amazing concoction is also available slathered on burgers, which is pretty much the only way to go.

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