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    3 Sides that are Way More Interesting than Fries

  • Let these three outside-the-box sides from around the industry give you some inspiration for your own side menu.

    The Chickery
    The Chickery’s Street Corn

    The Chickery’s Street Corn

    “The street corn is inspired by a combination of an American classic and Mexican street food. We wanted to bring a twist to something so many guests love, and we’ve done that with our house-made chipotle lime crema and fresh parmesan cheese. 

    “In our crema, we’ve combined fresh jalapeños, chipotle peppers, and adobo to bring a bit of heat, then fresh lime juice to temper it off. There is a wonderful creamy balance throughout the sauce, all topped with fresh parmesan to add a touch of salt.”

    The Players:

    • Corn on the cob

    • Jalapeños

    • Chipotle peppers

    • Adobo seasoning

    • Lime juice

    • Parmesan cheese

    —Kert Gennings

    President & CEO, The Chickery

    The Hummus & Pita Co.’s Couscous Salad

    Dunn Brothers' Vanilla Iced Nirvana

    “Couscous is one of our most popular ‘fill-its’ (sides). We began to take note of how our guests were mixing in other items when they ordered couscous, and we saw this as an opportunity to really create another addition to our menu. We were able to create a standalone side without going beyond our current ingredients that we have on hand.

    “Couscous is so versatile, and we wanted to really highlight the craveability factors of our Mediterranean ingredients and flavors by adding in our Moroccan carrots, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and corn. Once combined, we get a super bright and appealing salad/side. Our guests absolutely love and crave it. It has been one of our top performers since its addition to the menu.”

    The Players:

    • Couscous

    • Carrots

    • Corn

    • Feta cheese

    • Kalamata olives

    —David Pesso, Cofounder

    The Hummus & Pita Co.

    Dog Haus’ Loaded Tots

    Dunn Brothers' Vanilla Iced Nirvana

    “Dog Haus was created from the idea of capturing that childhood nostalgia of eating a hot dog and hamburger. Our goal was to elevate the flavors for the adult palate. Tots elicit that same childhood memory for many people.

    “You take a great base like a bed of hot crispy tots, consider all the toppings we have, and the options for creativity are endless. We started creating variations of loaded tots for our social media channels, and before long we had guests walking in to create their own versions.”

    The Players:

    • Tots

    • Sauce options: Spicy basil aioli, chipotle aioli, garlic aioli, miso ranch

    • Toppings options: Chili, slaw, cheddar cheese sauce, fried egg, crispy onions, avocado, green onions, tomato, caramelized onions, hickory smoked bacon, cotija cheese, pickled peppers, pastrami, sauerkraut

    —C.J. Ramirez

    Marketing Director, Dog Haus

    Image credit: The Chickery, The Hummus & Pita Co., Dog Haus