No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous


Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).

What's the point of giving recognition to a side dish? I did it last year, and I got grief for it, and I don't care. While I always have good food at Pee Wee's--I reviewed their bánh mì burger and it's one of the only Vietnamese-type sandwiches that costs more than $3 that I would bother with--I secretly crave their sweet potato tots, crispy, crunchy, and juuuust slightly charred around the edges, soft in the middle, and perfect with just about any sauce they have. So, yes, a side dish, but one that managed to get past my intense dislike of deep-fried sweet potatoes and worm its way into my brain.

Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, 5942 Edinger St. #104, Huntington Beach; 714-846-3100;

Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:

No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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Tommy Trinh
Tommy Trinh

Those sweet tater tots are one of the few dishes so far that look really tasty. I'm heading out for BBQ today but will try these soon, maybe with the Hatch Chile burger.

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