Divine Bovine now making tater tots in house from scratch

The popular, eastside gourmet burger joint is making to order their own tater tots from scratch.

What kind of a country would we live in with out good ol’ Ore-Ida Tater Tots? If you’ve ever had a tater tot, most likely it was an Ore-Ida. After all, they own the trademark. Now, popular eastside gourmet burger joint Divine Bovine is making them in house.

As is the case with most mass-produced foods, Ore-Ida tater tots contain some ingredients that you probably wouldn’t ingest on their own. Divine Bovine owner Ben Rine decided he’d just make them on his own from scratch.

Housemade tater tots at Divine Bovine in Tucson

Housemade tater tots at Divine Bovine in Tucson (Photo by Adam Lehrman)

“Life is too short to eat ordinary food,” said Rine. “I love making something different and I want people to fall in love with the food at my restaurant.”

Made to order, Divine Bovine tater-tots, which are a little like fried mashed potato bites, are made from Pure Gold potatoes that get shredded in house, parboiled, mixed with a little flour, water, cheese, green onion, and seasoning before getting shaped and dropped into the fryer for a little ball of divinity. Crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside, the tots are a one-of-a-kind feature, unavailable anywhere else in town.

Divine Bovine tater tots (Photo by Adam Lehrman)

Divine Bovine tater tots (Photo by Adam Lehrman)

In case you’re wondering if they’re actually made to order, well – they have to be. There’s isn’t even a freezer in the building.

Tots are served 15 per order for $4.99. A dipping sauce is not included, however sauces in the restaurant are free. And like the tater tots, all sauces are house made, even the ranch (not from a packet). Sauce options include Rine’s favorite, Honey Balsamic Mayo, Sweet Chili, Divine Sauce, which is DB’s version of a fry sauce, and ranch, Herbed Mayo, Panang Curry, and Horseradish Cream. Ketchup is also available, but it’s not made in house. There’s also a few sauces that are available for purchase, like Green Chili Cheese Sauce, Roasted Beef Gravy, and Cheddar Cheese Sauce.

Divine Bovine is first and foremost a burger joint – a phenomenal one at that – but they also offer a twist on a lot of different items. For example, they feature Rocky Mountain Soda, a craft soda that’s not available anywhere else in town. Flavors include Colorado Cola, Breckenridge Blackberry, Peaches & Cream, Orange Cream, Prickly Pear, and Root Beer. There’s also a selection of ultra-delicious sides and milkshakes

Divine Bovine burger

BYO Divine Bovine burger (Photo by Adam Lehrman)

Lastly, Rine features around 90 craft beers at Divine Bovine. So whether you’re in the mood for a food coma-inducing nap, or just a hearty meal with a beer, you’ll want to give them a try.

Ready to try Divine Bovine tater tots? Divine Bovine is located at 1021 N. Wilmot Rd., and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, including full menu, visit divinebovineburgers.com.

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Adam Lehrman started Tucson Foodie in late 2008 as a way to track his search for the best food Tucson had to offer.