THEY YAM WHAT THEY YAM: LOW IN FAT, HIGH IN VITAMINS
The proprietor of Café by the Bay gave me a funny look. Friendly, but funny. I had just ordered yam fries and he was surprised.
"Most people don't know they're good," he said.
"And good for you," I added, even though the tropical tubers – low in fat and high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and beta carotene – were about to be dunked in hot grease.
Yam fries are more interesting than russet potato French fries. For one thing, they're sweeter, dryer and starchier. They fry up crisp and chewy. They stand up to ketchup, hot sauce, peanut sauce and have more flavor on their own than French fries have dipped in any three condiments.
I also encounter yam fries at Meconi's Pub & Eatery.
Writing about yam fries has me thinking about the oven-roasted yams at Waterfront Seafood Grill in Seattle, a big-sister restaurant of Tacoma's Sea Grill. Cut in long strips on a razor-sharp mandolin, the yams roast up like soft, chewy pasta. Simple, delicious and possibly good for you (I'll have to investigate that chili-honey butter they're finished with).
Cafe by the Bay
229 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma
Meconi's Pub & Eatery
709 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Waterfront Seafood Grill
2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle