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Fried Pickles on The Rise

Brother_Jimmy's_242.jpgYou always hear about pregnant woman craving strange food combinations, like pickles and ice cream.  We ‘ve been craving fried pickles and we’ve discovered quite a few places to get our fix.  

Mara’s Homemade
342 East 6th St., btwn. First & Second Aves.

One of our favorites are the fried pickles at Mara’s Homemade, a small, southern spot in the East Village.  Mara’s pickles are dusted in cornmeal and served with a creamy remoulade dipping sauce.  The fried green tomatoes rank pretty high on our greasy fix list, too.

Whiskey Tavern                                        
Baxter St., Bayard & Walker Sts.                              


An unexpected find in Chinatown,
Whiskey Tavern is known as much for its vast whiskey selection as for
its pickle offerings.  Supplied by The Pickle Guys, these excellent specimens are cut into spears and breaded in panko before being
fried to a golden crisp.   They’re served with a thick, herbed sour cream that’s almost as tasty as the pickles themselves.  You can even order a shot of whiskey with a pickle back!

SoHo Park                                                   
62 Prince St, btwn. Lafayette & Crosby Sts.                 
This popular clubhouse in Soho offers a number of local beers on tap as well as fried pickles from our very own, Guss’ pickles in the Lower East Side.  A basket of Southern Fried Pickles are practically a rite of passage here and  there are plenty of dipping options to choose from.  We recommend you pair your pickles with their feisty sambal ketchup or their garlic aioli.

Southern Hospitality                                     
1460 2nd Ave, btwn. 76th & 77th Aves.                               
The menu at this Upper East Side barbecue spot, is an homage to Southern cooking, like fried catfish and bbq chicken and deep-fried pickle chips, which apparently are a “Memphis classic”.   They’re salty, greasy, delightfully crispy and served with a tangy side of ranch dressing.

Brother Jimmy’s                                         
1485 2nd Ave, 77th & 78th Sts.                                      
Frickles are the name of the game at this neighborhood sports bar with locations all over the city.   A mash-up of fried and pickles, Brother Jimmy’s frickles come with a potent horseradish sauce that makes this a piquant bar snack that goes well with a dark beer.  You can up the ante further with by adding a little hot sauce. 

BLT Burger                                                                           
470 6th Ave., nr. 11th St.                                          
The servers and the bartenders all wear t-shirts that read, “We are what we eat.”   The starter of fried dill pickles is the dish to order at BLT Burger.  They’re delicately battered and potently sour at the center, accompanied by a  ranch-chili dipping sauce.

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