Take a bite out of Totchos!

Take a bite out of Totchos!


For 60 years the Tin Hat Bar and Grill in Ballard has been serving up food and drinks to their loyal customers.

"The Tin Hat has been here since 1955. It was originally an American Legion bar," says the owner John Lemaster, "for as small of a space we have, probably 85 - 90 percent of our food is made from scratch."

The pulled pork sandwich is delicious, the beer always cold, and there's one item on the menu that's so bad, its good.

The Flatliner is what kids today are calling, "Totchos."  

"The Flatliner is a giant mound of cheesy tater tots with your standard nacho fixings and lots of bacon at the top. It's named the Flatliner because it's not good for you."

When it comes to eating this guilty pleasure, Lemaster recommends not devouring it alone.

"The whole thing weighs about 2 or three pounds.  It's better to be used, I think, with a group of people then it is with an individual. Although I've seen it done and in my weaker moments I've done it myself, and I don't recommended it."

The Tin Hat has been serving up their version of Totchos for over 10 years, and their customers can't get enough.

"There's a curiosity, almost a little bit of a bet with your heart. Just a little, 'Can I get away with this?' It's sort of a dare I suppose."

Just looking at the Flatliner makes your cholesterol level rise, but all your taste buds care about is how good this is going to be.

"It tastes like it's not good for you in a wonderful, wonderful way."

The Tin Hat Bar & Grill
512 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117


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