It's a fact: Potatoes make people happy. That's why local restaurants serve them in so many incarnations. Here are a few of the best spud side dishes from around town.

It's a fact: Potatoes make people happy. That's why local restaurants serve them in so many incarnations. Here are a few of the best spud side dishes from around town.

Tater Tots

Yellow Brick Pizza, Olde Towne East

Eating these little balls of greasy potato really takes you back to childhood. But Yellow Brick is no grade-school cafeteria. Here your tots ($2.50) can serve as a side dish to a choice craft beer, and you can top them with cheese and gravy.

9 different potatoes

Mitchell's Ocean Club, Easton

Spud lovers can pick from nine different potato side dishes, including creamy whipped potatoes, parmesan truffle french fries and jalapeno au gratin with Swiss cheese. (Plus! Baked, twice-baked, roasted garlic mashed, sweet potato fries, candied yams and latkes.) It's tempting to forgo the entree altogether.

Twice-Baked Potato

The Clarmont, German Village

A small potato skin is overwhelmed by fluffy mashed potatoes infused with chives and hefty pieces of bacon. This mammoth twice-baked potato ($4) is smothered in cheddar, just the way it should be.

Potato Pancakes Und Apple S auce

Schmidt's Sausage Haus, German Village

Made out of grated potato, it seems like these cute little pancakes ($2.75) were prepared by Grandma rather than by a food processor. Their crisp exterior and soft center resemble hash browns, and a homemade, chunky applesauce pairs perfectly with the slightly salty pancakes.