Sweet potatoes balance their sugary tones with more earthen elements. By deftly straddling these two flavor profiles, they bring an intriguing duality to dishes. Here are seven restaurants for sweet potato dishes that are both savory and sweet, perfect for a cozy autumn meal on a chilly weeknight — or any night.
El Che Bar, Chicago, Illinois
Japanese sweet potatoes are caramelized with brown sugar, red wine vinegar, and heavy cream. Some time in the hearth leaves them slightly blackened and bubbled. The delicious discs are finished off with chimichurri rich with parsley and garlic. Make a reservation at El Che Bar.
Cala, San Francisco, California
Talk about a hot potato. A sweet potato is roasted directly on the embers until its exterior is charred black. Sliced open along its centerline, the torched tuber arrives with bone marrow salsa negra and housemade tortillas. Make a reservation at Cala.
Toups South, New Orleans, Louisiana
Get ready to wake and bake. This mind-blowing pastrami hash features sweet potatoes, sunny side up eggs, gooey Gruyere, pickled jalapeños, and smoked tomato jam. Guaranteed to cure your morning munchies. Make a reservation at Toups South.
3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails, Dallas, Texas
Tender knuckles of sweet potato gnocchi star in this pleasing pasta presentation. They’re lavished with whipping cream and topped with shaved parmesan, fresh sage, and edible flowers. Indulgent, yet refined. Make a reservation at 3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails.
Buena Vida, Silver Spring, Maryland
Small potatoes, big flavors. Fingerling sweet potato tostones arrive with hazelnut-ancho salsa, orange mojo, and cocoa nibs. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the plantains. Make a reservation at Buena Vida.
The Balcony, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Time to get fried. A golden thicket of Mississippi sweet potato fries arrives with maple syrup sauce and moonshine ketchup. Double dipping is encouraged. Make a reservation at The Balcony.
Coasterra, San Diego, California
You could call this a loaded chile relleno. It comes packed with sweet potato and plantain. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Oaxacan cheese, pomegranate seeds, and walnut seeds. Make a reservation at Coasterra.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.