clock menu more-arrow no yes
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.

View as Map
Gamja Fries at Namu Gaji
| Namu Gaji

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.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jamber Wine Pub

Copy Link
858 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 273-9192
Visit Website
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.

2. Smoke's Poutinerie

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

3. Namu Gaji

Copy Link
499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-6268
Visit Website
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. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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

5. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Copy Link
2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2380
Visit Website
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.

6. The Boardroom

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

7. Thee Parkside

Copy Link
1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 252-1330
Visit Website
Go straight for the carne asada tots at this Potrero Hill dive bar. Then, wash them down with some PBR and a metal show.

8. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

Copy Link
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

Copy Link
333 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(800) 786-1000
Visit Website
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. 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

2. 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

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. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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

Related Maps