Originally created in the 1950s, tater tots are a nostalgic, deep-fried, grated potato side offering making a comeback on Top 250 chain restaurant menus. Burger King returned its tots for the first time since 2009 due to high demand on social media. And other chains are taking a similar approach to trending loaded fries by topping tots with a plethora of proteins, cheeses, vegetables and sauces. While tater tots are a common side for eggs in family-style restaurants, Perkins puts a twist on the standard by stuffing its new omelet with tots.
• Burger King: Cheesy Tots (bite-sized rounds of diced potatoes and melted American cheese covered in breading; eight pieces for $1.99)
• Johnny Rockets: Philly Loaded Street Tots (tater tots topped with cheddar cheese, sliced and grilled sirloin steak, caramelized onions and green peppers)
• Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Bacon Tater Omelet (a three-egg omelet filled with six bacon strips, tater tots, grilled onions and American cheese)