Potato Skins @ Lamplight Lounge

Price: $14.00

When: June 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

The scene: Lamplight Lounge. The team: five Disney fans, hungry, eager to check out a new menu.

On the list: Potato Skins.

I’m generally a fan of potato skins. They’re classic bar food. They’re messy. Carbohydrate-rich. And brilliant for soaking up booze.

We can’t wait to see what the Lamplight has done with them.

Then the dish arrives.

“Huh,” says Bryce. “That’s … interesting.”

The presentation is … nontraditional. To say the least. We have five or so potato-cake-ish objects, fried, sitting in the middle of the plate. They’re surrounded by half-arcs of yogurt and paprika aioli, respectively.

The idea seems to be that you take a cake, dip it in one of the sauces, and go to town.

Not what we’re used to, but — hey! Novelty. Let’s give it a shot.

Everyone gets a skin, and goes to work.

After a few moments of munching, forks are set on plates. Heads slowly shake from side to side. Nobody’s happy.

Let’s start with the skins themselves: they seem like reconstituted mashed potatoes. Assembled in a kitchen, rather than grown on a farm. There’s an artificial quality to eating them. It’s highly distracting. And they’re pretty boring. There’s not much flavor.

The sauces are mild. Yogurt sauce is, well, yogurt sauce. And the paprika aioli is fine, I guess, but it’s the only thing on the plate with unique flavor. So it’s being asked to do a whole heck of a lot. And it’s just not that strong.

Look: nobody hated this dish. It’s not offensively bad. But it’s a strange concept, unevenly executed, and super super underwhelming. I suspect they should call it something like “potato cakes” to give patrons a heads-up that this is 100% not a traditional potato skin. (And even then – they’re still bland.)

Give ’em pass. Not recommended.