More Potato…Much More Potato

Come hungry!

I sat down in front of a baked potato the size of a rugby ball yesterday. It was at a place called Mr. Kumpir down on Denman Street in Vancouver run by a very pleasant fellow named Efe. He told me that Mr. Kumpir, the logo for which looks like the unnatural child of Mr. Potato Head and Mr. Peanut, is a franchise operation out of Turkey where baked potatoes with all the fixin’s have been the rage for about 20 years. Franchise operations from Turkey? Who knew?

Anyway, they are using Idaho potatoes here that are just about the biggest things I’ve ever seen. I’d be tempted to look for a nuclear power plant somewhere upstream from the farm. Remember those baked potatoes you used to get at Morton’s? These seem to be about twice that size.

You can order any number of topping combinations at Mr. Kumpir. For example, there’s a North American traditional blend of sour cream, bacon bits, and green onions. You can have a seafood medley, if you like..and there are several exotic far eastern selections. They will basically pile it to the ceiling, if that’s your choice. All of this costs no more than about six dollars..and when it arrives..when it is rolled ominously toward your table.. it looks positively gut-busting. Efe has been doing a killer business during Vancouver’s current fireworks festival on English Bay, which is only about a Hail Mary potato toss from his front door. So, not only can people have a very filling meal that lasts all night but they can keep their hands warm at the same time.

If you like a good baked potato, I’d highly recommend it. Starve yourself for at least a day before you go.

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2 Responses to “More Potato…Much More Potato”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Yeah, but do they put PICKLES on ’em??!!!

  2. There are 40 toppings to put, including baby dill pickles and jalapeno pickles

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