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Tater Tops

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In our lifetime, we’ve been allergic to many foods. Fish, shellfish, tree nuts, legumes, you name it. Though most of our food allergies have completely disappeared over time, in the height of our EpiPen-carrying heyday we simply learned to live without certain foods.

If potatoes ever make the no-bite list, we don’t know what we would do. It’s rare that we have a meal without a potato in it somewhere. (Or at least a Ketel One cocktail so that we can drink our spuds.)

So to have a new restaurant in Trinity Groves that’s puts a new twist on the baked potato bar, it’s like we’ve fried and gone to heaven.

The newly opened Potato Flats is the latest concept from Phil Romano (you know, the guy behind Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and eatZi’s, among dozens of others). Two things make this tater place stand out from all others: presentation and quality.

First, the perfectly baked potatoes (white or sweet) are smashed into a flat disk, which becomes the ideal canvas for loading up with toppings. But these aren’t just out-of-the-can processed meats and veggies.

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There’s roasted turkey and steak, both sliced to order; savory meatloaf; Italian sausage; even a creamy seafood chowder studded with shrimp and fish. After selecting a protein, choose up to three cooked veggies (broccoli, corn, mushrooms, peas or carrots).

Then come the tough decisions at the end of the line where another dozen-plus topping options include pecans, herbs, bacon, guacamole and a variety of salsas and sauces.

It’s entirely possible to eat healthy here, but not for us. Our potato devotion absolutely requires healthy doses of butter, cheese and sour cream.

Looks like the only thing we’re still allergic to is willpower.

Potato Flats
Trinity Groves
3011 Gulden Lane #119, Dallas
www.potatoflats.com