I was sad when Pie Face closed because I love the trend of restaurants that focus on one (usually carb-filled) type of food. I also don’t hate when they’re open late. We’ve got one for mac and cheese, one for cheesesteaks, one for rice pudding, we used to have one for pies. Our pie connection may be gone, but their closure made room for a new one-track minded spot: Burlap Sack Potato Eatery.
I was a big fan of baked potato bar day at school and this is basically the same thing, just with better ingredients. Think of it as Chipotle for potatoes. You start by picking you potato base (baked potato, baked potato cut into slices, fries, sweet potato fries or tots) and then you just start topping. They have lots of choices in the way of proteins, cheeses, veggies, and sauces so go wild. I’m surprised they don’t have chili as a topping, but I probably wouldn’t order that anyway, and I am the only customer they should care about.
I went with the standard baked potato and topped with mini turkey meatballs, mozzarella, parmesan, sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, chives, and red pepper aioli. I also had some sour cream at home that I added after getting my order to-go. My potato was legit. It was the perfect amount of toppings and solved all my baked potato problems. Yes, I have baked potato problems. They take at least an hour to cook so they are not well suited for a weeknight meal, given my schedule. Also, I like a lot of toppings, but it’s annoying to prep lots of little stuff. A stuffed potato is a craving for me. I don’t crave it the way I do pasta, but when it hits I want to be able to whip it up and that’s not so easy…until now.