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Totchos at Oaks Bottom Public House.
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Where to Find Tasty Totchos and Other Loaded Tots in Portland

From creative spins to classic toppings

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Totchos at Oaks Bottom Public House.
| Celeste Noche/Eater

From jojos to tater tot nachos — aka totchos — fried potatoes play an outsized role in the Pacific Northwest’s snack scene. Regional brand Ore-Ida invented the tater tot, so it makes sense that we’ve come to embrace — and, in many cases, elevate — the lowly nuggets made from potato scraps.

In fact, the totcho coinage is often attributed to the late Jim Parker, who put them on the Oaks Bottom Public House menu when it opened over 15 years ago in Sellwood. Their natural habit is the dive bar, though loaded tots with international twists and fussy takes can be found at restaurants, brewpubs, and food carts throughout Portland. Below, find an assortment of topping-heavy tots spotted across the city. Per usual, this map isn’t ranked; it’s organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nacheaux

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4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 319-1134
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Totchos would be right at home on Nacheaux’s menu of Mexican-Southern mashups, but the former food cart took a slightly different direction with its fried potato nuggets. Smothered tots are available in two forms: fried chicken mac tots, using garlic Cajun tots as a base for the chicken and mac and cheese, and the sloppy joe tots, featuring saucy ground beef and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Both get drizzled with Nacheaux sauce and cotija for good measure.

2. Boxer

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1668 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 954-3794
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After a temporary closure, Northwest’s Boxer Ramen — now just known as Boxer (“It’s cleaner”) — is back in business in with an expanded menu that now includes sushi and sashimi. Thankfully, the okonomiyaki tots survived and true to their name, borrow from the Japanese pancake. The golden nuggets come topped with bonito flakes, slivered nori, and a squirt of mayonnaise. The optional add-on of crispy pork belly ups the ante deliciously. Boxer Ramen is open for dining in, takeout, and delivery. 

3. Muchas Gracias Mexican Food

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1307 NE 102nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 255-0222
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It’s easy to eschew regional chains, but for a pile of late-night totchos accessible via a drive-thru, look no further than Muchas Gracias, with locations throughout the state and Vancouver. The fast-food Mexican spot is about more than just combo meals; it also turns out a respectable rendition of carne asada tots, a cross-cultural delight piled with seared beef strips, a blend of cheddar and jack cheeses, sour cream, and chunky pico de gallo.

A takeout container of Muchas Gracias loaded tots, topped with sour cream and tomatoes.
Muchas Gracias totchos.
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4. Backwoods Brewing Company

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231 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 327-8588
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Backwoods Brewing in the Pearl gets creative with beers like its black currant sour and pecan pie porter, and that ethos extends to the food menu. Nachos feature smoked salmon or pulled pork, and the latter can be upgraded to totchos for just $1 extra. The potatoes come with all the usuals, including shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños, plus a drizzle of barbecue sauce made with the brewery’s Copperline Amber ale. Backwoods is open for takeout, delivery, and dining in.

5. Mad Greek Deli

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1740 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-0274
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This East Burnside stalwart might be better known for its Greek fries, a spin on another regional snack, the jojo, but the deli-turned-bar also offers a Hellenic take on loaded tots, Pondo Tots, sprinkled with crumbled feta, seasoned with oregano, and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. Mad Greek Deli is open for takeout, delivery, and has indoor and outdoor seating.

6. Hungry Tiger

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213 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 238-4321
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There’s no shortage of vegan junk food in the city. Black Water does totchos made with ground seitan and cashew cheeze, while vegan-friendly dive bar, Hungry Tiger, makes theirs with black beans, pico de gallo, and pickled jalapeños, topped with sour cream and nacho cheese (either vegan or dairy). For a heartier version, proteins can be added, including Beyond Beef. Hungry Tiger has an outdoor patio and is offering takeout and delivery.

7. Bunk Bar Water

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1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 328-2865
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Inner Southeast’s Bunk Bar offers tots as a side with ranch or fry sauce, as well as its take on loaded tots, which leans closer to a steakhouse baked potato with all the fixings rather than a twist on nachos. Think shredded cheddar, blobs of sour cream, and chopped bacon and scallions. Bunk bar is open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

8. Bottle Rocket

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1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-4663
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Burgers are the big draw at Cartopia’s Bottle Rocket. The sides are where it gets interesting, though, with the cauliflower and jalapeño tempura, fried brussels sprouts, and of course, the spicy fish sauce tots, reminiscent of the famed Pok Pok wings, garnished here with chopped mint and crushed pistachios. The pod offers ample outdoor seating, including covered and heated seats.

9. The Dog House PDX

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5029 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97215
(971) 645-5566
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This Division Street food cart is a must-visit for anyone who needs more potato products in their life. At The Doghouse PDX, hot dogs and burgers share menu space with multiple tot bowls. Naughty in Nogales is the closest in construction to totchos, using pepper jack, onions, and jalapeños, but the grilled pineapple, bacon, and spicy aioli takes humble tots to the next level. Other versions include the Truffle Treasure, an umami blast of garlic truffle aioli and truffle oil, seasoned with chanterelle salt, and the Seoulmates, which incorporates homemade gochujang, avocado, sesame oil, and chili salt. Food can be eaten on the patio or taken to-go.

10. Malka

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4546 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 899-4245
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With ornate wallpaper, Moroccan hanging lamps, and a tight menu filled with wildly named dishes like Important Helmet for Outer Space, Division Street’s Malka is hard to pin down. That’s why it’s not incongruous to find spicy rice salads filled with fruit, corn, and avocado alongside small plates like the Jolene, tater tots seasoned with guajillo-lime salt and topped with red mole, crema, and cotija. Don’t forget the grilled jalapeños, scallions, and caramelized Oaxaca cheese, hiding beneath the tots. The restaurant is open for delivery and takeout only.

11. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

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6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-6400
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Seasons and Region’s smoked salmon tots are, potentially, the most luxurious loaded tot on this list: House-made tots come filled with smoked salmon and Swiss, fried golden, with a mustard dill sauce, frizzled onions, peppers, and green onions. They’re available for happy hour for less than $10; the restaurant is open for takeout and delivery only at the moment.

A line of tater tots sit in a cream sauce with a pile of frizzled onions.
Smoked salmon tater tots at Seasons & Regions.
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12. Oaks Bottom Public House

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1621 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-1728
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This Sellwood brewpub doesn’t claim to be the inventor of totchos but there’s evidence to prove it popularized the portmanteau. This is a purist version that features everything a classic nacho would: cheddar and jack cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, olives, red onions, scallions, sour cream, and salsa. Optional add-ons like chicken, pulled pork, or avocado (no guac) are also available. Oaks Bottom is open for dining indoors or on the heated patio, as well as takeout and delivery.

1. Nacheaux

4765 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Totchos would be right at home on Nacheaux’s menu of Mexican-Southern mashups, but the former food cart took a slightly different direction with its fried potato nuggets. Smothered tots are available in two forms: fried chicken mac tots, using garlic Cajun tots as a base for the chicken and mac and cheese, and the sloppy joe tots, featuring saucy ground beef and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Both get drizzled with Nacheaux sauce and cotija for good measure.

4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

2. Boxer

1668 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

After a temporary closure, Northwest’s Boxer Ramen — now just known as Boxer (“It’s cleaner”) — is back in business in with an expanded menu that now includes sushi and sashimi. Thankfully, the okonomiyaki tots survived and true to their name, borrow from the Japanese pancake. The golden nuggets come topped with bonito flakes, slivered nori, and a squirt of mayonnaise. The optional add-on of crispy pork belly ups the ante deliciously. Boxer Ramen is open for dining in, takeout, and delivery. 

1668 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

3. Muchas Gracias Mexican Food

1307 NE 102nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220
A takeout container of Muchas Gracias loaded tots, topped with sour cream and tomatoes.
Muchas Gracias totchos.
Krista Garcia/EPDX

It’s easy to eschew regional chains, but for a pile of late-night totchos accessible via a drive-thru, look no further than Muchas Gracias, with locations throughout the state and Vancouver. The fast-food Mexican spot is about more than just combo meals; it also turns out a respectable rendition of carne asada tots, a cross-cultural delight piled with seared beef strips, a blend of cheddar and jack cheeses, sour cream, and chunky pico de gallo.

1307 NE 102nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

4. Backwoods Brewing Company

231 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Backwoods Brewing in the Pearl gets creative with beers like its black currant sour and pecan pie porter, and that ethos extends to the food menu. Nachos feature smoked salmon or pulled pork, and the latter can be upgraded to totchos for just $1 extra. The potatoes come with all the usuals, including shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños, plus a drizzle of barbecue sauce made with the brewery’s Copperline Amber ale. Backwoods is open for takeout, delivery, and dining in.

231 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Mad Greek Deli

1740 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

This East Burnside stalwart might be better known for its Greek fries, a spin on another regional snack, the jojo, but the deli-turned-bar also offers a Hellenic take on loaded tots, Pondo Tots, sprinkled with crumbled feta, seasoned with oregano, and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. Mad Greek Deli is open for takeout, delivery, and has indoor and outdoor seating.

1740 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Hungry Tiger

213 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

There’s no shortage of vegan junk food in the city. Black Water does totchos made with ground seitan and cashew cheeze, while vegan-friendly dive bar, Hungry Tiger, makes theirs with black beans, pico de gallo, and pickled jalapeños, topped with sour cream and nacho cheese (either vegan or dairy). For a heartier version, proteins can be added, including Beyond Beef. Hungry Tiger has an outdoor patio and is offering takeout and delivery.

213 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

7. Bunk Bar Water

1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Inner Southeast’s Bunk Bar offers tots as a side with ranch or fry sauce, as well as its take on loaded tots, which leans closer to a steakhouse baked potato with all the fixings rather than a twist on nachos. Think shredded cheddar, blobs of sour cream, and chopped bacon and scallions. Bunk bar is open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. Bottle Rocket

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Burgers are the big draw at Cartopia’s Bottle Rocket. The sides are where it gets interesting, though, with the cauliflower and jalapeño tempura, fried brussels sprouts, and of course, the spicy fish sauce tots, reminiscent of the famed Pok Pok wings, garnished here with chopped mint and crushed pistachios. The pod offers ample outdoor seating, including covered and heated seats.

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

9. The Dog House PDX

5029 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97215

This Division Street food cart is a must-visit for anyone who needs more potato products in their life. At The Doghouse PDX, hot dogs and burgers share menu space with multiple tot bowls. Naughty in Nogales is the closest in construction to totchos, using pepper jack, onions, and jalapeños, but the grilled pineapple, bacon, and spicy aioli takes humble tots to the next level. Other versions include the Truffle Treasure, an umami blast of garlic truffle aioli and truffle oil, seasoned with chanterelle salt, and the Seoulmates, which incorporates homemade gochujang, avocado, sesame oil, and chili salt. Food can be eaten on the patio or taken to-go.

5029 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97215

10. Malka

4546 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

With ornate wallpaper, Moroccan hanging lamps, and a tight menu filled with wildly named dishes like Important Helmet for Outer Space, Division Street’s Malka is hard to pin down. That’s why it’s not incongruous to find spicy rice salads filled with fruit, corn, and avocado alongside small plates like the Jolene, tater tots seasoned with guajillo-lime salt and topped with red mole, crema, and cotija. Don’t forget the grilled jalapeños, scallions, and caramelized Oaxaca cheese, hiding beneath the tots. The restaurant is open for delivery and takeout only.

4546 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

11. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

6660 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
A line of tater tots sit in a cream sauce with a pile of frizzled onions.
Smoked salmon tater tots at Seasons & Regions.
Christopher D. / TripAdvisor

Seasons and Region’s smoked salmon tots are, potentially, the most luxurious loaded tot on this list: House-made tots come filled with smoked salmon and Swiss, fried golden, with a mustard dill sauce, frizzled onions, peppers, and green onions. They’re available for happy hour for less than $10; the restaurant is open for takeout and delivery only at the moment.

6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

12. Oaks Bottom Public House

1621 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

This Sellwood brewpub doesn’t claim to be the inventor of totchos but there’s evidence to prove it popularized the portmanteau. This is a purist version that features everything a classic nacho would: cheddar and jack cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, olives, red onions, scallions, sour cream, and salsa. Optional add-ons like chicken, pulled pork, or avocado (no guac) are also available. Oaks Bottom is open for dining indoors or on the heated patio, as well as takeout and delivery.

1621 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

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