Everyone loves mashed potatoes. Finding a place that serves real potatoes, not the reconstituted stuff, can be a challenge. But there are no disappointments on this list. These are all restaurants that make the real deal. Mashed potato dishes, cooked with flair, add credibility to a chef’s repertoire and bring smiles to the clientele.

Alonso’s/Loco Hombre
413-415 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21210
(410) 235-3433

Alonso’s and Loco Hombre are making their mark as Roland Park favorites, serving two types of food. Loco Hombre is a Latin American grill and Alonso’s is an American restaurant best known for its excellent burgers. Both serve a garlic mashed potato side that is a mouth-watering delight. The creamy whipped potatoes are blended with just the right amount of roasted garlic to add a savory zip, but not be overpowering.

The Still Timonium/An Poitin Stil
2323 York Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
(410) 560-7900

The Still Timonium is located just north of the fairgrounds and is convenient to Route 83. It serves sumptuous Irish cuisine from fish and chips to bangers and mash. Nothing is more authentic than the colcannon, which are Irish mashed potatoes with cabbage. The tangy flavor of the cabbage adds a richness to the potatoes that is not often seen in a potato dish. Grab a Killian’s Red beer with dinner and feel like you are right in the heart of Ireland.

5402 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
(410) 444-1497

While Clementine is a well-known spot for homemade dressings, sauces and pickles, it also boasts an eclectic and interesting menu. Clementine has free range, grass-fed beef and milk-fed pork. It manages to make southern-style comfort food work with French and Asian influences to create some unique dishes. The smoked Gouda mashed potatoes are a mixture of cheesy potatoes with a smoky flavor that tickles the palate in a most delicious way.

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Aldo’s Italian Ristorante Italiano
306 S. High St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 727-0700

Aldo’s is a main staple of Baltimore’s fabulous Little Italy neighborhood. Chef/Owners Aldo Vitale and Sergio Vitale create traditional southern Italian cuisine, but put their own stamp on the menu. The mashed potatoes are no exception. With two options, there is something for every potato lover. The lobster-saffron mashed potatoes are a sumptuous, unique treat that blend flavors unheard of in the mashed potato genre. If that is not enough, the garlic mashed Yukon gold potatoes are sure to please.

17 Light Restaurant and Lounge
17 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 454-8904

When visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor or going to a ball game, you should make time for a trip to the nearby 17 Light Restaurant and Lounge. This relatively new and reasonably priced downtown hot spot has seasonal outdoor seating for patrons. It prides itself on its delightful smashed red potatoes that are a treat for both your eyes and stomach. Have them with steak or crab cakes; they complement either dish perfectly.

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Holli Friedland is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.