Around these parts, St. Patrick’s Day is characterized by parades, green beer, luck of the Irish (whether you’re Irish or not) and, well, potatoes. Lots of them. While it’s still a few months away from bathing suit season, we indulged in loaded potato skins from local restaurants.
With a crispy outer shell and a soft and gooey filling, the Lobster Potato Skin from The Old Grist Mill Tavern had plenty of lobster and just enough cheese. We loved the unexpected combination, which is one of many – like the Reuben or pulled pork skins – they offer. 390 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-8460.
The Loaded Potato Skins from Tickets Bar and Grill in Middletown were more like loaded twice-baked potatoes. The skins were filled with mashed potato and generous bacon pieces, then topped with more bacon, cheese, scallions and sour cream. 15 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. 401-847-7678.
We loved the Loaded Potato Skins from Davenport’s Restaurant in East Providence. The skins were crispy fried, then filled with bacon bits, cheese and sour cream. Savory, filling and simply delicious. 1925 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 401-438-3381.
Each bite of the chili and cheese loaded baked potato skin from Aidan’s Pub tasted just like an entire plate of chili fries. The potato was crispy with plenty of chili flavor, and the sour cream we added just made each bite worth savoring. 5 John Street, Bristol. 401-847-7678.