I am really excited to be linking up today with my Lake Shore Runner-friend Sara’s Tried It Tuesday Series.
The whole point of Tried It Tuesday is to broaden your horizon, try something new to you and then talk about it!
For quite some time now, I have been meaning to try out Potatopia, which you may recall me mentioning since it opened fairly recently (right next to Maoz!) in the “Dining District” at Roosevelt Field (our local mall).
Last week became the perfect time to finally order up some potatoes since I was in the midst of my major potato craving spree.
Meet my LOADED baked sweet potato creation…
So many topping piled on top that you can’t even tell there is a baked sweet potato underneath it all!
It actually looks more like mashed sweet potato but it isn’t.
So it works like this:
You have your choice of just going with a Signature Meal created by the Potato Experts….
OR being a little bit high maintenance and building your own by following a series of potato creating steps.
Of course we needed to build our own potatoes and test the potato man’s patience as we contemplated, debated and changed our minds on the toppings over and over again until we got it right.
Don’t ask me exactly what my son ordered over there…All I know is that he went with mashed potatoes which I wasn’t thrilled about because I wanted him to get the thick cut chips, shoestring, waffle or curly fries just so we could share and have fun.
I didn’t want mashed potatoes but he didn’t care what I wanted.
Anyway, tons of toppings. Tons of proteins. Tons of options.
I tried the Vegetarian Chili but I didn’t get it on my potato. It was okay, nothing special.
I went with mixed peppers, broccoli, roasted mushrooms, marinated tomatoes, roasted corn and I think the cole slaw.
And a few dipping sauces.
I did not get any cheese. I don’t love cheese, did you know that?
The Potatopia Positive:
- Major variety
- Lots of protein choices (chicken, steak, beef, shrimp, bacon, pork)
- Vegetarian protein options too (chili and cheese)
- The protein options help to make Potatopia a complete meal rather than just a fun side dish
- Everything is customizable
- I like that they offer baked potatoes in addition to the fried and mashed
The Potatopia Negative:
- I didn’t see the portion size of the fried varieties but the baked potatoes were not as giant as you would expect. In fact, the guy gave me two sweet potatoes to fill the plate and told me the sweet potatoes were larger than the regular potatoes they had on hand which I found odd.
- They don’t have avocado. Or guacamole <- Like, what?! How do you not involve avocado in your potato bar?
- They need sautéed onions as a topping option. And onion rings!
- Even though they have a vegetarian chili, I think they should offer more bean options for vegetarians and vegans (black beans, chick peas etc.) because I didn’t really like the chili, didn’t want cheese and ended up without protein. Oops.
- I really liked my potato bowl…but I missed Maoz and kept gazing on over to their counter.
I had to get myself a Maoz side salad. I couldn’t leave the mall without my favorite roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
Next up on my list of places to try in the dining district will be The Little Beet.
So far I have only stopped at The Little Beet for samples but they don’t let you sample their sweet potatoes (trust me, I tried) and they look way too good to never experience.
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Are you a mashed potato, baked potato or fried potato lover?
Favorite food court food to order?
What are you craving lately?