Things We Love: The Tot Cart

The Tot CartJulie Crist and Jess Orso have always loved tots. (let’s be real, who doesn’t love tots?!) So the two women combined their love of tots with a business venture, and in March of 2013, The Tot Cart was born.

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And we’re not talkin plain old tots (though if that’s your preference, they have those too). Menu items include Drunk Cheese Tots, which are tots served in a proprietary cheese sauce consisting of beer, a blend of cheeses, and spices; In The Buff Tots, which are tots served with wing sauce and blue cheese; and G-Parm tots, which are tots tossed with Parmesan cheese and garlic.

“Our most popular menu item is the New Bay Tots,” the duo says. “We toss the tots in Old Bay seasoning, and then cover them in our drunk cheese.”

The idea for The Tot Cart was developed by Julie,  whose primary role consists of creating new and interesting recipes (Chicken Pot Pie Tots, Cheesesteak Tots), and creating new relationships with event organizers, other food trucks, and of course, customers. Jess handles the scheduling, cart operations, and financials to keep the business afloat.

So where can you find The Tot Cart?

The ladies vend at Temple University and the University of the Sciences on a regular basis. They also move around the city for different events, and have been to the Northeast, South Philly, Chestnut Hill, and everywhere in between.

And The Tot Cart is becoming even more accessible, as the ladies are excited to announce they are opening a second truck. While they’re hesitant to give details away this early, they gave us this teaser: “An element of this truck is something that has never been done in this city before (as far as we are aware.)”

One lucky ready has the chance to win TWO FREE ORDERS OF TOTS! Simply leave a comment below this post telling us why you love The Tot Cart, and you’ll be automatically entered to win!

To learn more about The Tot Cart, visit, or follow them on Twitter @TheTotCart for their weekly schedule.

*For one additional entry, follow @Phillesbian on Twitter and leave an additional comment below noting you are following. Please make sure you have a valid email address associated with your username. Contest is open to all residents of the United States. Entries close on November 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. Winner will be notified Monday, November 25, 2013.


  1. Arielle says:

    I love tots! Tots totally take me back to being a kid, they’re such a fun treat. I wanna win!

  2. Erica says:

    I love Tot Cart! Julie and Jess are such lovely people and always have something nice to say to me. I always get so excited when I see the Tot Cart at Temple. And the G-Parm tots are out of this world good!

  3. Beth Davis says:

    The Tot Truck has become a favorite of mine. I stalk their twitter account to find out when they will be on Temple’s campus.

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  5. Shelley Hunter says:

    I also get excited when I see the Tot Cart @ Temple University!!
    Julie & Jess, you created a great idea by bringing tater tots back to life!!! Yes, many of us would eat them back in the day on a regular basis.
    I want both of you to know, the Drunk Cheese Tots are my favorite, and they are not to die for… they are to LIVE for!!! I love them!!

  6. Christine Hefner says:

    I just learned about the Tot Cart last week, but have yet to try them. I work at CHOP and am hoping they’ll come somewhere close. I think I read that they’ll be at The Porch at 30th St. Station in December. I can’t wait!!

  7. Erica says:

    Chicken TOT pie!? It’s brilliant!

    The Tot cart’s tots are like little fried morsels of happiness.

  8. Beth says:

    Love, love, love…xo

  9. Kate says:

    I am legit the biggest tot cart fan. I stalk them at temple. I have a tot addiction, and I am an addiction specialist so I would know. And Julie just makes the day great.

  10. Regina Ryals says:

    Love those drunken cheesy steaky tater tots!!!!!! Yummo!!! Pick me for drunken cheese tots girl!!

  11. Nanoo says:

    How do I, get through few weeks without the tot cart, if I have to live without the tot cart what kind of life would that be…..How do I live without Tots, I want to know, how do I breath without tots….. How would I ever survive……. I just wish you guys come to the city more so I can get them. I would probably get them as many times as I could.

  12. Sharon DiAmore says:

    I love tots! Yours sound so delicious. Will you ever be across the bridge in New Jersey? I’m in Camden County, NJ. There’s a town tree lighting in Gloucester City, NJ on December 7, 2013 in the evening. Big event… crafters, entertainment, activities, etc. Maybe you would consider it. Application:

  13. Emily says:

    The tot cart is the best! Every thursday I try and get my favorite tots even if it means hiking across campus!


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