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Potato Freak, Somerville?

kbarry1726 May 19, 2011 08:04 AM

Anyone try Potato Freak at 108 Washington Street in Somerville? I noticed it on my way to work this morning. It's near the Holiday Inn outside Union Square. It's in a shopping center, and the sign says "Not average potato." As a carb-lover, I'd be interested in seeing if it's worth the trip over there...

Holiday Inn
1 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960

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    bethg RE: kbarry1726 May 19, 2011 12:49 PM

    I finally signed up for an account to reply to this, because I walk past this on the way to work and have been very curious. I grabbed a take out menu yesterday, and they really do have every kind of potato you could think of--Fries with several dipping sauces, baked potatoes, spanish potato and egg tortilla, and potato rosti (a swiss potato cake with different fillings). There are also sandwiches, salads, and chocolate fondue(?). The place was empty, and the woman at the counter was very nice. I think I'm going to try it out tomorrow, I'll report back!

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      kbarry1726 RE: bethg May 19, 2011 12:53 PM

      Thanks for grabbing that menu! Rosti? I might stop on my way home!

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        FoodDabbler RE: bethg May 19, 2011 03:09 PM

        Is it one type of potato made different ways, or do they use different varieties?

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          Bob Dobalina RE: FoodDabbler May 20, 2011 06:19 AM

          That's such a chowhound question....love it.
          And want the answer of course

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            kbarry1726 RE: Bob Dobalina May 20, 2011 07:23 AM

            It appears to be one type of potato - Rosti, "birds-nest" potato shells for salads, potato-bread sandwiches, plus lots of Portuguese food and chocolate fondue...

            Trying it for lunch today.

            I found a website and menu: http://www.wix.com/leopimentausa/pota...!


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              opinionatedchef RE: kbarry1726 May 21, 2011 10:12 PM

              k, how was it? the website doesn't make me feel confident about the food, but i'm hoping you had a good meal there.

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                Wannabfoode RE: opinionatedchef May 27, 2011 01:38 PM

                their website is terrible! Whats with the waves? Nauseating!

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                  StriperGuy RE: Wannabfoode May 27, 2011 02:06 PM

                  Worst web site EVAR.

                  But the food does have some appeal.

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                itaunas RE: kbarry1726 May 27, 2011 03:23 PM

                I don't know anything about Potato Freak, but didn't see anything specifically Portuguese and my hunch would be that its Brazilian owned. There are rosti shops in Brazil, including ones which deliver (this seems to be fast food like) and the bacalhau as presented could easily be Brazilian. Plus the website design adds to that thought. Just pray that someone else doesn't open a Pizza Cone (pronounced "Coney") franchise hoping to cash in this summer! Sounds like you already took one for the team so let us know how it is!

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          tucker5 RE: kbarry1726 Aug 3, 2011 03:32 PM

          PotatoFreak has a new website.

          1. nsenada RE: kbarry1726 Aug 4, 2011 07:39 AM

            The name is horrible - conjures up an image of a hippy with a deviant tuber obsession.

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              SmartChow RE: kbarry1726 Apr 17, 2012 11:03 AM

              Didn't look or sound appetizing but I just had this giant cheesy, meaty potato roastie that I would eat again. And again. And again.
              Quite delicious when fresh and hot!

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                Prav RE: SmartChow Apr 17, 2012 11:40 AM

                Yum! Just tried this place for the first time this weekend.

                I brought one to a picnic on the Esplanade this Sunday. It was the "California" one, a cake of shredded potato, stuffed with bits of chopped ham, onion, and mozzarella. Comes with a small side salad.

                Nothing spectacular, but pretty tasty. Next time I'll try a different flavor combination, as mine tasted pretty much like hash browns with ham and onion. I'm sure it would be better eaten fresh rather than take-out.

                This place (especially the branding) is rather strange. Has anyone tried the other stuff they have, like burritos/quesadillas? Also, what's up with the random chocolate fondue?

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                  chickendhansak RE: Prav Apr 17, 2012 02:10 PM

                  They host kids' parties and the chocolate fountains must be partly explained by that.

                  Had a couple of their rostis and agree it is an enjoyable experience. The people there were very welcoming. Ultimately, though, it is a massive hash brown with meat, cheese, and limited vegetables so it's pretty rich though light on the grease for what it is.

              2. enhF94 RE: kbarry1726 Oct 6, 2012 06:34 PM

                visited today for breakfast, because DC wanted rosti for breakfast. It was about the same as delivery, though of course fried food is best when hot, so bit of a quality bump.

                Wish I could say the same for my breakfast: 2 eggs, home fries, toast. My problems:

                1. the home fries aren't hash browns. I didn't ask about substituting, but I was pretty surprised they bothered with cubed potatoes when they are surely rolling in shred. My bad for assuming - but they were pretty greasy and mushy.

                2. the eggs (scrambled) were the "buy a bag full of mixed egg," the kind SYSCO bags from leakers, rather than actual eggs, so it was pretty clear that egg liquid had been poured flat onto a griddle, cooked, then cut into ribbons for the plate. I guess it's not all that uncommon for diner breakfasts, but I like potato freak, so I expected better.

                They are starting a weekly Sunday breakfast buffet tomorrow (opening-2pm). That may be worth a try.

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                  somervilleoldtimer RE: enhF94 Oct 6, 2012 06:42 PM

                  Huh. I ate again at Oliveira's a bit farther up Washington street, i.e. other side of Cobble Hill, and closer to Union Square. Former Cafe Belo. Once again, tasty. I'm surprised that no one was frequenting Oliveira's, but perhaps they were all at PotatoFreak! Well, I'll have to go another couple blocks and give it a try.

                2. tammyh RE: kbarry1726 Oct 18, 2012 04:25 PM

                  Eating the beef rostï right now. Turned an otherwise frustrating night into a happy and contented one.

                  So happy right now. That is all.

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                    tammyh RE: tammyh Oct 18, 2012 08:06 PM

                    alright, I'm back on a computer and can put a bit more detail into this now.

                    like chickendhansak says, it's creamy and rich but not overly so, nor is it too greasy. the potatoes were crisped perfectly. I rarely fawn over a food's texture, but that's exactly what happened here. crunchy exterior, and perfectly cooked potatoes and a creamy filling underneath. I expected it to also be extremely rich because of the cream cheese mentioned on the menu, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they don't use much. it tells me that they don't rely on the richness of cream cheese for flavor. I think that means a lot.

                    oh, and FYI, I got the "beef stroganoff" to go, but ate it right when I got back to the car.

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