Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ballard welcomes Papas Hot Potatoes, a baked potato restaurant

Who doesn’t love a good baked potato? They remind me of childhood, but I haven’t had one in years. Off the top of my head, I’d be hard-pressed to name a restaurant that serves baked potatoes. It’s probably a safe bet to guess a steak house? Upon hearing about Papas Hot Potatoes, my love for baked potatoes was rekindled and we quickly made plans within the week to check it out. 

Papas Hot Potatoes opened in Ballard about a month ago in place of Stock (it’s the same owners). What sets Papas apart is that they are 100% plant-based and baked potatoes is the main attraction. They also have frozen banana and house made almond milkshakes, in both chocolate and horchata flavors.

Photo credit: Jennifer Liu

It’s a fast casual style restaurant where you order at the counter and watch them assemble your baked potato in front of you. Feeling like you just want to make one decision? Choose from their Signature Potatoes menu offering sure-fire combinations.

In the mood to build-your-own? You can do that too. Start with a sweet potato or a russet potato. Then choose your toppings: plant-based chili, queso vegano, vegan cashew cream, pickled jalapeños carrots and beets, and other sauces made from scratch.

Papas is made with whole plant foods, low in refined oils and excess salt, and free of refined sugars and highly processed ingredients. Everything is dairy-free and there are options for those who are gluten-free and soy-free!

While it’s a fun and novel concept, it doesn’t feel substantial enough to be the focus of an entire restaurant. We agreed that the chili was flavorful, but each potato is $9 (or more, depending on how many toppings you get) and it wasn’t filling enough, even for lunch. Maybe some interesting sides could bolster the menu? What about dessert baked potatoes? It’ll be interesting to see how Seattle receives this new restaurant and what, if any, changes Papa’s will make. 

Photo credit: Jennifer Liu

HOURS

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am- 8:30 pm 
Tuesday closed

Papas Hot Potatoes   |    500 NW 65th Street, Seattle    |      (206) 487-3321

 

About Jennifer Liu

Despite the rain, Jennifer loves Seattle and is a rare native. From the gorgeous summer weather to the drizzle the other 9 months, this may be her forever home. She graduated from the University of Washington and has a master's degree in counseling psychology. She loves to travel, volunteer, and host themed dinner parties. You can find her eating, hiking, hanging out with her awesome dog, or napping. Ice cream, burgers, and sushi are some of her favorite things.
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