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Posting that write-up of the outlets that feed my sweet potato fry
addiction resulted in others listing SPF venues previously unknown to
me. So thanks for that!
updated: Jun 12, 2010, 9:00 AM
As it so happened, I was in Summerland last Saturday attending a
fundraiser for a local theater company, Genesis West, and it wrapped
up around 7 PM. In other words, dinner time. I remembered that
Tinker's Burgers was on the SPF list and headed straight there.
I'd been to Tinker's a couple times before, after a relaxing weekend
lounge at the beach, when it's perfect to refuel with an all American
hamburger and french fries. But this was my first time going on the
Sweet Potato Fries Prowl and I looked at the menu with a keener eye.
And lo, the sweet potato fries are there but also...are you ready for
it? Seasoned curly fries. Hello 90s! There are few things of positive
contribution from the 90s but I do think seasoned curly fries was one
of them, yet they aren't so common these days. Why is that? I don't
know. Seasoned curly fries, in my mind, singlehandedly motivated
America to move off the traditional pairng of fries with ketchup and
dabble with ranch dressing (another Santa Barbara invention, but you
The sweet potato fries and seasoned curly fries were a la carte items
on Tinker's extensive menu, served in baskets. The guy behind the
counter offered up the requisite ranch dressing on the spot.
We also got a simple hamburger, with grilled onions by our request,
and a sourdough bacon cheeseburger, also with grilled onions. The guy
behind the counter said the latter was a popular item.
Oooof, what a load of food! Between two of us, we ate the burger, half
the sourdough burger and half the fries. Everything else got packed up
for leftovers. Btw, props to Tinkers for using biodegradable materials
for their take-out cartons. The cost was about $18, fed two upfront
and another big meal for one with the leftovers.
Summerland has a number of dining spots with nice, small-town
ambiance. Just down the road is another burger and fish and chip shack
that probably worked very hard to achieve the appearance of a shack.
Tinker's is more the reality of a burger shack by natural progression.
There are cute soda fountain style seats up front by the kitchen
counter with busted seats mended with duct tape, and in the back are
plastic tables and chairs in a room that really does look like a
shack, rather than one's whimsical vision of a shack. Catch my drift?
The guys working there were great. Really friendly and they seemed to
enjoy pointing out all the cool retro things on the menu. I also noted
proper milkshake mixers in the kitchen, bonus points for that. And the
sweet potato fries? They were mighty fine.
Address: 2275 Ortega Hill Road Summerland, CA 93067 - (805) 969-1930
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