The Simple Spud, Elevated // The Baked Potato Shop Edinburgh

Ah, the humble jacket potato. No longer just a dull but dependable staple, The Baked Potato Shop arrived in 2009 to boost the much-maligned vegetable’s reputation, and cemented its place in Edinburgh’s pantheon of takeaways along the way. Since then, patrons have been able to tuck into a “small” potato the size of a deliciously starchy brick for just under a fiver, with toppings helpfully broken up into meaty, veggie, and vegan options. The ingredients of every homemade cake and biscuit are meticulously listed, and gluten or nuts are carefully announced, making it a stress-free stop for anyone dealing with an allergy or a particularly fussy friend!

As for the spud itself, being spoilt for choice is the only problem, as the array of fillings offered can be pretty overwhelming for a first timer. All the classics are there, but if you dare eschew the cheddar and baked beans combo for something a little more adventurous, then the millennial avocado salad or warming curried rice never goes amiss. The friendly staff even cater to those bizarre few who show up to The Baked Potato Shop looking for something other than their prized tatties, with the £2.99 meal deal proving a particular favourite.


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