One potato, two potato, three potato, more!

From everyday side dish to outstanding entrée, the humble potato has been elevated to super star status at Hot Spud, a delicious gem of yummy goodness tucked inside San Francisco’s Westfield Shopping Centre Food Court.

This is the second Hot Spud location to open in the Bay Area, with the original eatery found at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 2640 Mason St.

This hot spot for a “hot spud” loaded with tempting toppings including grilled meats, fresh vegetables, jack cheese and butter, homemade sauces, dressings, marinades and more, offers hungry shoppers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the mall culture along with a healthy yet hearty alternative to traditional fast food fare typically found in a food court setting.

Choose a classic loaded potato with butter, cheese, bacon, broccoli and sour cream, or pick from a savory selection of signature spuds such as the Chicken Spud with hot wing sauce, bacon, corn, sautéed mushrooms, sour cream and green onion, the Steak Spud with alfredo sauce, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onion, corn, peas and green onion, the Shrimp Spud with chipotle sauce, sautéed mushrooms, corn and green onion, the BBQ Spud with pulled pork, corn, pickled onions, sour cream and green onions, the Cali Spud featuring fajita-style vegetables, black beans, corn, roasted cauliflower, sour cream and green onion or the Veggie Spud filled with fresh-from-the-garden vegetables to create-your-own flavorful favorites, there’s a perfect potato to please every palate.

Hot Spud also offers sweet potato feasts from stylized suggestions including the Chicken Sweet Potato with alfredo sauce, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, roasted cauliflower and green onion or a southern-style BBQ Sweet Potato featuring pulled pork, roasted cauliflower, black beans, corn, sour cream and green onion.

Fresh from the farm fare is available, including a beet farm salad, Thai crunch salad, fiesta salad, farmer’s greens fruit and nut salad, a Caesar salad or create-your-own for a mouthwatering masterpiece. Leave out the meat and most selections are vegetarian- or vegan-friendly (vegan cheese is available) as well as 99% gluten-free. Warm up with a comforting bowl of homemade, gluten-free soup of the day crafted from the freshest ingredients and spices, with your choice of add-ins and toppings.

With nearly 50 toppings from the usual to the unique, to premium add-ons such as crab, avocado or sausage to name a few, along with homemade sauces including alfredo, barbecue, chipotle, hot wing, salsa and stadium and homemade dressings from balsamic vinaigrette to Caesar, creamy cilantro, Thai peanut, oil and vinegar to a dazzling mandarin-champagne vinaigrette, Hot Spud offers real food in a casual setting to provide a unique dining experience for customers.

Satisfy a sweet tooth with a scrumptious sweet potato brownie featuring chocolate, Madagascar bourbon, sugar, eggs and cream cheese, or a sweet sweet potato smothered in whipped cream, coconut sugar, candied walnut and cinnamon.

Hot Spud is a great choice for lunch, dinner, a late-afternoon pick-me-up, a lighter dish bursting with flavor, as well as a kid-friendly option for families seeking healthier grub.

Hot Spud is located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., adjacent to Bloomingdales, and offers catering for small and large gatherings. Call (415) 644-0810 or visit hotspudsf.com.

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