Friday, March 28, 2008

This Spud's For You

While most of New York avoids carbohydrates much like a flesh-eating disease, we welcome with open arms the newest in a string of “specialty” restaurants. Totally Baked, a 14-seat counter-service restaurant has opened on West 18th Street, with only one item on the menu – the Potato. But buyer beware, this is no ordinary spud. The 14-ounce, stuff your own potato comes with your basic toppings like cheese, sour cream and bacon, but dares to be different with add-ons like seared Ahi Tuna and Clam Chowder. Our favorite is the Wild Mushroom potato, loaded with chanterelle, shitake, oyster and crimini mushrooms, topped with challots, chives and a heaping of manchego cheese. Dare to be different? Try the $55 Truffle potato, which comes loaded with truffle butter, truffle oil, truffle salt, and of course, a clogged artery.

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