Most children won’t eat a vegetable unless it is fried, just like they won’t walk a dog that isn’t wearing a bow tie. Pick your battles with today’s Groupon to Potato Corner in Arcadia. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of fries, chips, and drinks, valid for one visit.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of fries, chips, and drinks, valid over multiple visits.
Potato Corner’s counters and kiosks host a made-to-order menu containing two shapes of fries, chips, and baked potatoes, each flavored with distinct spice blends and cooked in vegetable oil. Three sizes of original ($2.99–$5.99) or loopy fries ($3.29–$6.49) burst from containers designed for easy carrying when walking or lassoing Potato Corner’s mascot, Spudster. Succulent sweet-potato fries ($3.99–$6.99), cut into crisscross patterns, sneak plenty of vitamins A, B, and C into diets, and freshly sliced potato chips ($2.99–$5.99) elevate the oft-bagged American favorite. Upon request, staffers dress treats in one of four specially blended flavors, sprinkling barbecue, sour-cream-and-onion, cheddar, and chili-barbecue spices from shakers lined with cheery bells. Alternatively, munch on a heartier repast by requesting chili cheese ladled atop a baked potato ($4.69), and soothe parched throats with gulps of fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.29–$2.99). Potato Corner’s spud slinging began in the Philippines two decades ago, and found its way to California in 2010 when a devoted fan drew a trail across the Pacific with ketchup.
Since 1992, Potato Corner has fascinated international crowds with its wholly customizable menu of crispy french fries, though franchises only broke ground in America during February of 2010. The new U.S. shops cropped up in places with lots of foot traffic, entrancing people with the scent of fresh-fried potatoes in malls, airports, theme parks, and at marathon starting lines. Potato Corner’s straight-, loopy-, and criss-cut fries come unadorned in their lightly salted glory, or they can be tossed in gourmet flavorings such as barbecue, cheddar, chili, and sour cream and onion. The shop has also expanded its repertoire to include baked potatoes, chicken tenders, and a butler who tucks cloth napkins into collars in order to sate customers in search of a full meal.