Ten best places for tater tots in Denver

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Tater tots often aren't very appealing in restaurants; they're usually served lukewarm, too oily or not crispy enough. But when Gretchen Kurtz visited Vesper Lounge for this week's review, she found herself popping every tot at the table.

That got us thinking about other places in town that do right by tots, so we compiled a list of the ten best places in Denver for tater tots, presented below in no particular order. This spud's for you!

See also: A Closer Look at the Vesper Lounge

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Lori Midson

10. Trillium
2134 Larimer Street

During its rollicking happy hour, Trillium offers sophisticated snacks to go with its complex cocktails. But these aren't your typical tots: They're truffled tater tots paired with a side of Hollandaise sauce. Take our word for it: They're a lot better than greasy spuds and watery ketchup.

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9. Vesper Lounge
233 East 7th Avenue

Frank Bonnano's newest venture mixes Middle Eastern cuisine with neighborhood bar food and drinks -- and tots as a side with just about everything.

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8. The Fainting Goat
846 Broadway

If you're looking for familiar -- and good -- bar food, the Fainting Goat is the place. Grab a Guinness and some tots, which can be loaded with cheese, bacon and scallions.

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Lori Midson

7. El Toro the Tot
no set location

This Spanish-inspired food truck offers three kinds of tots with its fancy burgers: original, with oregano and paprika; cheesy, with Manchego, aged cheddar and smoked paprika; and Toro, topped with aged cheddar, bacon and oregano.

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6. Fire on the Mountain
3801 West 32nd Avenue

This popular Highland wings joint offers homemade tots in original style, chile-cheese style, or a version made with sweet potatoes.


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2134 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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846 Broadway, Denver, CO

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3801 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

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40 comments
agrinnan12
agrinnan12

Tots truck is awful! El Toro the Tot has the best handmade tots in Denver! Go check out their Facebook and see where they park!

mrburns952
mrburns952

Can't believe Tots Truck made this list. After I ordered mine, I saw them come out of a bag. Might as well put Oreida on the list too.

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

I bet 99 % couldn't tell the difference between store bought frozen and restaurant.

Don Finley
Don Finley

I avoid the overpriced bistros and go where the good stuff is. It's simpler that way.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

I avoid the Highlands like I do a leper colony. I'd much rather suffer through the indignity of dining at some overpriced patio bistro on Larimer amongst asshole douchebags than be subjected to self-righteous über-hipsterdom. LuLz.

Caryl Lynn Barry
Caryl Lynn Barry

Holy smokes - I don't live anywhere near, but had to read the article anyway. Yum! The ones from the food truck sound fantastic. We used to serve them at Custer's In-n-Out - us employees would doctor them up on the grill for ourselves. :)

Kristin Cummings
Kristin Cummings

Yeah thanks guys, now I want some tater tots really bad!

David Kimball
David Kimball

Stoney's has great tots, loaded with greeen chili and cheddar. Yumm

Don Finley
Don Finley

The Highland Tavern, best pork rhinds on earth too!

arpoc
arpoc

Green chili cheese tots at Milwaukee Street Tavern, Cherry Creek

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

The frozen food section in King Soopers.

cngrsprk
cngrsprk

Outside of Denver: cornerhouse bar & grill in telluride. Yum.

GuestWho
GuestWho

+10 for putting the list on one page

Christian Collins
Christian Collins

Tater tots are the leftover shaving after fries are made...mmmmm cancer....

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

David PinkTank Pink tank kills the tots!

Jimmy Bernat
Jimmy Bernat

Homemade Sweet Potato Puffs at Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill

Dianne Guilinger
Dianne Guilinger

I've been to the #1 and hope to take Thomas Guilinger sometime soon.

Lisa Wheeler
Lisa Wheeler

Great, now I'm itching to see Napoleon Dynamite.

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

It's a friggin' tater tot. If you can't do it yourself, you're doomed. :P

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

Sam's No.3 has some mean tots too...

el-daveablo
el-daveablo

No Horseshoe? Love their Piggy Tots. 

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Pumpkin-spice tots sound good right now for some reason.

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Jax had some pretty awesome tots several months ago.  Dunno if they're still on the menu though.

greg141
greg141

Highland taverns are the best. Period. End of discussion.

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