PotAto, PotatO! It doesn’t really matter how you prefer to say it, the only thing that is of importance is whether or not you love to indulge in this straight up, craveworthy carb. Our latest adventure took us to Potato Tom in Edinburg, Texas, for some yes, you guessed it, potatoes!
SIDENOTE: Wow! We’ve broken bread in Edinburg two weeks in a row. Way to step up your local game, home of the Bobcats, Cougars and Sabercats!
It doesn’t matter whether you like it smashed, diced, tots shaped or grated, Potato Tom has the dish for you. Every served up dish uses potatoes as their base and free of dough, which serves a healthier purpose.
Gaby: Oh, that’s fantastic! Now I can definitely add more butter and cheese and I’ll be just fine.
Trisha: I don’t think that’s how it works, dear.
Gaby: That’s right. I forgot about the sour cream!
Trisha: *palms her own forehead*
Walking into Potato Tom, you are greeted by their incredibly friendly staff and immediately shown, on a giant screen, all the potato meal options you could ever dream of. We were both staring for quite some time, in marvelous awe, at the menu on the t.v.
Gaby: I don’t know if it was utter confusion or just pure joy at the sight of so many options.
Trisha: I seriously had no idea where to start. So much potato awesomeness in one place!
Gaby: I think I felt a small tear roll down my cheek.
Seeing the puzzled look on our faces, the cashier took time to explain all the different dishes on their menu. There are basically 6 categories: breakfast (which is served all day), finger food, baked potatoes, iron skillets, burgers, and of course, French fries!
As responsible journalists and researchers, we felt it best that we should order an array of dishes to give you our truest of perspectives. Once again, we are sacrificing our waistlines for the greater good. (Wink!) After a few minutes of discussion, we opted for a fajita baked potato, buffalo chicken fries, al pastor fries, a fry dog, and of course, a spiro papa. C’mon on! What sort of a potato establishment would you be if you didn’t offer La Pulga de Alamo’s top seller? Luckily, we had two of our favorite foodie friends join us for dinner so that we wouldn’t look like total Spud Monsters.
One by one, each dish came out. We started off with the spiro papa and the fry dog. These two options are just $1.99 each, so they’re super easy on your wallet. As soon as the spiro papa was placed on our table, it disappeared.
Trisha: By the looks of the empty plate, I am guessing it was delicious?
Gaby: Hey, don’t look at me. I didn’t partake it in the devouring, but I’ll agree with you. It’s all good. I was more interested in the fry dog.
If you like corn dogs, then you will definitely bark up Potato Tom’s tree. Fry Dog’s substitute dough for potato, to give you the ultimate corn dog experience. It’s light, but all the scrumptious flavors remain in tact. Make sure to ask for some of that extra spicy mustard that comes with your fry dog, it is both, figuratively and literally, on fire!
While all the remaining dishes were equally spectacular, here are some highlights from each one. Get a double serving of protein in the fajita baked potato because that meat was full of flavor, cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Warning: DO NOT forget to get some extra ranch dressing or water when you order the buffalo chicken fries because, like our friend said, “It picas!” The al pastor is made of pork, so watch out all you Kosher folks out there. If you believe that pork is the other, other white meat, then order extra and see if they have any grilled pineapple to put on top!
Make sure to check out Potato Tom at 313 Sugar Road, Edinburg, TX; just blocks away from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Remember to take your school ID to receive a 10% discount off any plate. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For more information call (956) 513-1150 or follow them via Facebook @potatotomrest or Instagram @potatotom2018 to learn more about secret menu items or weekly specials like 4 (potato) chicken plates and 4 drinks on Mondays and Wednesdays for $24(+tax). Coming soon, beer and wine!
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.