The Southern Backyard BBQ is on Dikker’s must-try list. Image: Potatopia
Despite its shortness, the month of February always seems to drag. This is the month when the cold seems to settle deep over the island and we crave comfort food to beat back the winter blues. Winter, weary Long Islanders in search of warm and gooey meals, now have one more place to add to their must-try list.
Potatopia, an all-potato concept restaurant, opened on Feb 12, at Roosevelt Field Mall. The potato-centric spot offers ten different potato styles, with toppings such as oven-roasted chicken, marinated sirloin steak and Cajun shrimp with 14 different house-made sauces. There’s the Jersey Boy of shoestring fires, fresh garlic, double mozzarella provolone blend and mushroom brown gravy or the Veggie Heavy of baked Idaho potato, broccoli, roasted corn, cilantro, fresh garlic, roasted jalapenos, red onion, scallions, sour cream and roasted pepper aioli, plus eight other signature meals as well as the option for customers to build their own.
The Veggie Heavy. Image: Potatopia
“They’re all delicious, but one of my favorites right now is the Southern Backyard BBQ and the Smashed Hit is consistently a customer favorite,” Allen Dikker CEO and founder said.
Dikker founded Potatopia in 2011 and the brand now has four other outpost: New York City’s West Village, Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ, the Staten Island Mall and the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City.
“Roosevelt Field is one of the top malls in the country and this new dining hall was an intriguing idea that we felt would work well for the brand,” Dikker said, adding they hope to open other locations on the Island.