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10 Prime Potato Dishes in Newport Beach

November 10, 2016

Po-ta-toe, Po-ta-to… however you pronounce it, you gotta love ‘em. Potatoes are a staple in many cuisines, and one of the main reasons for that is how versatile they are, not to mention delicious! Baked, boiled, fried, mashed, and more – we are all potato lovers in one way or another. With that being said, we’ve managed to round up 10 of our favorite potato dishes you can find right here in Newport Beach. Disclaimer: attempting to eat all of these in one day might be excessive, yet completely satisfying. Now, let’s get this potato party started!

garlicmashThe Alley
When you’re feeling like a nice comforting meal consistent of meat and potatoes, The Alley is certainly an ideal choice. As a premier landmark restaurant serving prime steaks, fresh seafood, wonderful pastas, and more, The Alley has been providing Newport patrons with satisfying eats and drinks for many years now. Now, when it comes to selecting a side dish from their many options, we recommend their Garlic Mashed Potatoes. These sultry potatoes are an off-menu crowd-favorite and they pair exceptionally well with The Alley’s many steak options such as the renowned, massive Tomahawk. Grab that fork and knife, and dig in.

The Dock
The Dock is a unique, full-service waterfront restaurant. Their menu showcases fresh California cuisine in a creative fashion. If you’re up for a Sunday brunch on the bay, stop by and order their outstanding Dock Made Gravlax Potato Latkes. These crispy treats are served with chive emulsion and capers. They’ll arrive at your table fresh and crisp on the outside, yet still soft on the inside. Order these as your first course, and you’ll wish you could have them for dessert too.

baysideBayside Restaurant
Lobster… Yes. Wait, did you say LOBSTER? It’s hard to say anything but ‘yes’ to such a delectable, luxurious seafood. And, if you agree with this, imagine saying no to lobster plus potatoes — inconceivable! Stop by Bayside Restaurant to indulge in their popular Maine Lobster Mashed Potatoes. This tasty, seafood-infused mash is light, fluffy, and incredibly flavorful. Before you dive in, select a bottle from their outstanding wine selection, and enjoy views of the Newport Harbor.

Fleming’s Steakhouse
In search of a classier potato? Fleming’s Steakhouse is a staple in Newport Beach, and the quintessential spot to treat yourself to plate of a steak and potatoes. Once you’ve settled into your seat and had some nice conversation, all bets are off, and it’s time for you to fall in love with baked potatoes again. Typically, there’s nothing too exciting about a baked potato, but Fleming’s proves us all wrong with their Loaded Baked Potato. This baby is presented with butter, sour cream, chives, and bacon — a fulfilling, comforting side of spectacular starch to say the least. Enjoy it as you appreciate the lovely ambiance Fleming’s offers, along with their many other spectacular menu items.

pitajunglePita Jungle
If you’re in the mood for something healthier yet flavorful, Pita Jungle is just the spot. Their menu is expansive, eclectic, and super fresh. This fast-casual service Newport spot is known for their hummus, pitas and wood-fired pizzas, but we urge you — don’t skip on the sides. Pita Jungle’s Garlic Herb Smashed Potatoes are perfectly addicting. Order them for the table, but regret nothing if you end up polishing them off all on your own.

A Restaurant
A Restaurant provides Orange County diners with contemporary cuisine, just minutes from the Newport harbor waters. When it comes to potatoes, they deliver truly comforting flavor profiles and texture. The Lyonnaise Skillet Potatoes arrive at your table with creme fraiche, bacon, and onion, as well as an aroma that can only be described as infatuating.

pizzaPizzeria Mozza
Back by popular demand, is Mozza’s Pizza with Egg, bacon, Yukon Gold potato & Bermuda onions. A breakfast-style pizza that temporarily left the menu, breaking hearts left and right. This tasty pie comes straight out of their legendary wood-burning pizza ovens, and redefines what kind of relationship potatoes and pizza are meant to have. Never been to Mozza? We suggest you change that.

Muldoon’s Irish Pub
If you’re craving potatoes, there’s no better place to stop than an Irish Pub. Voted Best Irish Pub by Fox LA, Muldoon’s provides an expansive menu of Irish fare, served within a cozy dining room. Not to mention, their bar selection that can be enjoyed within The Dublin Pub, The Celtic Bar and the relaxing outdoor Courtyard. Once you have a beer or whiskey in hand, we suggest you snag an order of their Pub Potatoes, particularly, their Stuffed Baked Spuds. Choose between sirloin tips and peas, or veggies and cheese. There’s no wrong decision here — stuffed potatoes at an Irish pub are simply unbeatable, especially from Muldoon’s.

counterThe Counter
Visit The Counter for a truly American burger and fries experience. Ideal for a quick lunch or relaxed hang out after work, there’s something for everyone here. And, with what seems like endless build-your-own-burger and fries combinations (there are actually over 300k), the experience is one of a kind. No matter what your burger preferences are, there are a few sides we suggest you delve into during your visit. First, their Sweet Potato Fries with Horseradish Aioli — perfectly fried sweet potatoes, complimented by their housemade aioli. Second, The Counter’s Loaded Tots — served with pimento cheese, applewood smoked bacon, scallions, and buttermilk ranch. Oh yes. Cheat day, here we come!

oakgrillOak Grill
With an ambiance as outstanding as this, you might never leave Oak Grill. A casual, heartwarming vibe with a high level of class and quality. This Newport Beach eatery is just a pleasure to visit, and their menu never disappoints. As for our beloved potatoes, may we recommend a truly unique use of this ingredient, a soup. Oak Grill’s Potato Leek & Parsnip Soup with Dungeness Crab is luxury in a bowl. Creamy, silky, rich, and everything you’d hope for. Don’t set that spoon down until the bowl’s empty.

Written by @visitnewportbeach

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