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Tater Tots + Beer = Unadulterated Bliss

hiddenboston Mar 22, 2008 04:43 PM

I felt so guilty about spreading a bad rumor concerning Cambridge Common (never trust a politician, by the way) that I grabbed a couple of friends and headed down there last night. We hung out at the bar and filled ourselves up on tater tots and lots of beer. I didn't feel all that great this morning, but it was worth it; some of the beers I had last night were really terrific (Otter Creek Copper Ale, Thomas Hooker Red Ale, to name a couple), and the tater tots were once again very satisfying. Perhaps not a Chowish outing, but it was a lot of fun, and I'm so glad that Cambridge Common is not closing after all...

  1. ScubaSteve Mar 22, 2008 05:02 PM


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      okello Mar 23, 2008 09:04 AM

      Yeah, you had me a panic attack there for a few minutes. It's my go-to 5 min walk burger and drinks place. Me, I'm preferential to the sweet potato fries, but tater tots as a concept are hard to beat.

      1. ScubaSteve Mar 23, 2008 09:11 AM

        are they straight Tots?
        anyone accents? i like to toss mine in cayenne or sumthing spicy before baking.

        but maybe more important; is anyone doing Napoleon Dynamite impressions while eating them?

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        1. re: ScubaSteve
          Prav Mar 23, 2008 09:37 AM

          they're identical to what we ate in the 4th grade. probably from the same sysco bag. :) but tasty nonetheless.

          1. re: Prav
            newhound Mar 23, 2008 09:58 AM

            Identical? Maybe out of the freezer they are identical but I think they put them in the fryolator at Cambridge Common, whereas at my elementary school they were baked on oven trays the size of mattresses.

          2. re: ScubaSteve
            hiddenboston Mar 23, 2008 05:08 PM

            I actually started to stuff a couple into my pants pocket Friday night. That is, until my friends told me to start acting my age. ;-b

            1. re: hiddenboston
              Blumie Mar 24, 2008 09:27 AM

              : )

            2. re: ScubaSteve
              Blumie Mar 24, 2008 09:26 AM

              I would think that tots would be the perfect hot sauce delivery vehicle. Straight tabasco (the habanero version if you can find it) would work nicely because, unlike thicker hot sauces, the tabasco would be nicely absorbed into the pillowy tots.

              1. re: Blumie
                maillard Mar 24, 2008 09:51 AM

                Yes, I can confirm that tater tots are perfect for hot sauce. I like mine with celery salt and lots of Sriracha (thick, so you can get lots on them like ketchup) or Cholula (thinner so it absorbs a bit).

                1. re: maillard
                  Dax Mar 24, 2008 10:13 AM

                  I mix Sriracha and ketchup for fries, tots, etc. Delicious.

            3. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 23, 2008 02:59 PM

              Can I get some more general impressions on the quality of the food here? A stop for a beer and some tots followed by a browse around Stereo Jack's a block over (best jazz vinyl selection in town) sounds like my way of spending a warm spring afternoon, but should I branch further into their menu? What else is good, or not so much?

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              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                newhound Mar 23, 2008 03:48 PM

                I'm a fan, but in truth the food is only solid bar food with the occasional aspiration to be a bit better. The tap selection is good and the menu is far-ranging for bar food, but it's a grill-it/fry-it/assemble-it kitchen.

                1. re: newhound
                  ScubaSteve Mar 23, 2008 04:06 PM

                  Totz-n-Beer is enough for me.-

                2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                  okello Mar 23, 2008 08:22 PM

                  I find their burgers quite tasty, particularly if you do the bacon-grilled onions-swiss cheese thing. It's certainly not gourmet, but is tasty. Truth be told I've hardly ever strayed from their burger on the menu, so I can't much speak to the rest of it. They do have a very enjoyable breakfast BLT club, which (I think) is a BLT with fried egg. May have been a special.

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                  treb Mar 23, 2008 04:41 PM

                  Yah, I thought you were almost a gonner off this board, glad you were forgiven. I'm going to go by and suck up whatever is on the menu. They deserve a break. Luv those TOTS!

                  1. sailormouth Mar 23, 2008 10:13 PM


                    I don't think tater-tots and beer are penance enough. Perhaps salad and red wine.

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                    1. re: sailormouth
                      treb Mar 24, 2008 07:10 AM

                      Yah, I can do that, the TOTS are just to remind me of when I was a kid. Always wanted to see if they went well with wine.

                      1. re: treb
                        Joanie Mar 24, 2008 07:45 AM

                        I think I actually prefer those old fashioned ones to the fancy ones like at Tremont 647 and wherever else. Altho I do remember someone talking about tots at a local place that sounded great, can't remember where tho.

                        1. re: Joanie
                          wittlejosh Mar 24, 2008 08:31 AM

                          Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge has great beer + tots.

                          1. re: wittlejosh
                            Joanie Mar 24, 2008 08:38 AM

                            That was it, thanks.

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