SCHENECTADY – Downtown Schenectady was snaked with lines of spud lovers recently for the city’s very first Tater Trot. Simone’s Kitchen, a popular Mediterranean spot on Jay Street, won the inaugural event, serving up sweet potato hummus with pita bread slices for dipping.
Trotters that tried at least half of the 22 participating restaurants’ entries were able to vote. Each restaurant sold a sample of a potato-centered dish for just $1.
Chez Nous, the French-inspired eatery on Union Street, took second place for its pulled pork and green onion croquette. Third place went to the SUNY Schenectady Food Truck for its sweet potato beignet over coconut and yellow jack fruit cream with pistachio dust. Maria’s Cafe, also on Union Street, received an honorable mention for its poutine and pulled pork.
The event was put on by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation. The group decided to throw the potato party after observing the anticipation of the fall Wing Walk and winter Soup Stroll, DSIC Executive Director Jim Salengo said in a press release.
Tater Trot was a big hit and is already slated for a repeat next year, on May 18.