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Sedgwick's Honoring Tater Tots With Super Bowl Buffet

By Paul Biasco | January 31, 2014 6:39am
 Sedgwick's is offering at tater tot mountain buffet during the Super Bowl Sunday.
Sedgwick's is offering at tater tot mountain buffet during the Super Bowl Sunday.
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LINCOLN PARK — The stars have aligned on Sedgwick Street to honor the holiest of fried potato varieties.

Sedgwick's Bar and Grill will be hosting a tater tot mountain buffet Sunday to not only celebrate the Super Bowl, but also National Tater Tot Day.

Side dishes and condiments that will be available to tot fans include pulled pork, chili, buffalo chicken, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos and more.

"The tater tot is something we are kind of known for and it works out with the Super Bowl," said Mike Jannusch, owner of Sedgwick's. "[Customers] love 'em. It's ridiculous."

Tater tots were invented in 1953 by Nephi Grigg, then the co-owner of Ore-Ida, as a way to package and sell potato shavings created when making french fries. The shavings had been sold cut-rate as livestock feed, according to a Fortune magazine profile of the company. Grigg and his brother Golden sold the company in 1965 to the Heinz Co. for $30 million.

The restaurant/bar, 1935 N. Sedgwick St., will have chili from a three-time defending champ of Sedgwick's chili cook-off on the menu. The chili can also be poured atop a tater tot mountain.

Jannusch said the bar has been open for about 20 years, but it wasn't until four or five years ago that  the tots were put on the menu.

An order of the tater tots will be $8 and will be available starting at 4 p.m. through the end of the game.