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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