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Gamja Fries at Namu Gaji
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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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1. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2380
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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.

2. Jamber Wine Pub

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858 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 273-9192
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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.

3. Namu Gaji

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499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-6268
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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.

4. Smoke's Poutinerie

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2518 Durant Ave Unit A
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 540-7500
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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.

5. The Boardroom

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2351 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-8898
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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.

6. Thee Parkside

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1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 252-1330
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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.

7. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 787-3354
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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.

8. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

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705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

9. In-N-Out Burger

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333 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(800) 786-1000
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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.

1. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Jamber Wine Pub

858 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

858 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. Namu Gaji

499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Smoke's Poutinerie

2518 Durant Ave Unit A, Berkeley, CA 94704

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.

2518 Durant Ave Unit A
Berkeley, CA 94704

5. The Boardroom

2351 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

2351 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Thee Parkside

1600 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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

1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. In-N-Out Burger

333 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

333 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133

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