Potato Shack turns potato lounge


Now that Potato Shack has reopened, many fans are left to wonder if this new location will affect the food they first fell in love with, and those who have yet to try the shack may still need to be convinced before they spend their money on a potato.

It’s hard to see how a potato can be made gourmet. That seems to be the general sentiment upheld at the potato shack. They take one of the blandest foods and throw their own unique twist on it to transform it into something entirely different.

Customers can choose from over 30 styles of baked potato. Some of the highly recommended potatoes are The Bacon Cheeseburger Potato, The Cordon Bleu, The Chicken and Swiss and the Chicken Fried Steak Potato.

The name “Potato Shack” can deceive potential customers. While the main attraction is their potato cuisine, they have a surprising amount of variety in the menu. They have a wide range of appetizers to choose from, as well as a kid and dessert menu. They also offer gluten free choices and a salad menu for the health conscious.

Old wooden benches, a pool table and beer on tap defined the style of the previous location. It resembled a sports bar that pointed to no specific demographic or target market. The new Potato Shack still has those same key features and still resembles a sports bar, but this time around it looks like a sports bar with a more modern feel and it seems to be better suited toward a younger audience.

Economically speaking, the potato shack is college friendly. Most meals cost around $8, and the shack has specials every day of the week that are cheaper than the usual price. They deliver, but most Sam Houston State University students could walk because Potato Shack is less than half a mile away from campus.

Potato Shack has very few flaws. The building can get somewhat noisy and crowded at busy hours or game days. It’s probably not the best place for people with potato allergies, but other than that the potato shack is an exceptional dining experience.

Potato Shack really is a horse of a different color. The uniqueness of this place makes it stand out from other restaurants, but the quality paired with affordability is what makes their concept stick. For its originality, taste and variety the Potato Shack receives four out of five stars.

The new and improved potato shack is located at 1229 Josey Street, and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


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