Our Five Faves

Best Fried Pickles

Posted August 13, 2012

Being from south Louisiana, I grew up eating fried pickles. In fact, pickles are a huge part of the cuisine down there. While living in Mississippi, I met people who even soaked their regular dill pickles in Kook-Aid before eating them. They didn't fry them after the soaking, but imagine how that would have turned out...

So for the pickle fans out there, we ranked our Five Favorite places to enjoy fried pickles.

Village Draft House (Raleigh) - Beer-battered and lightly salted, these pickle chips hit the spot. Served with ranch dressing, you can't eat just one.

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Four Corners (Chapel Hill) - We had to put this place on the list because of its appetizer known as the "Julius Peppers." Named for the Nash County product who played both basketball and football at UNC, it is a heated, crunchy combination of fried pickles, banana peppers and jalapenos served with ranch dipping sauce.

Fried pickles at Raleigh Times.

Raleigh Times (Raleigh) - Their fried pickles are a little different. Instead of the tradition pickle chips, they served thinly sliced sandwich style spears lightly breaded and fried to perfection. They are served with a tasty garlic ranch dipping sauce.

Buffalo Bros. (Raleigh, Wake Forest) - While we normally go for the wings, we have to order some fried pickles as an appetizer when we visit. These lightly battered dill pickle chips are even available as a side item, if you don't want to order the full app.

Carolina Ale House (various locations) - Fried pickles are a traditional bar food that the Ale House excels in making. We usually get a burger and an appetizer of these golden fried pickle chips. Bonus points for the sauce, which is a horseradish-ranch blend.

So, where do you like to get fried pickles?


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  • hazelscoupons Aug 22, 2012

    For something a little different, and ooooh so yummy, try the fried pickled okra from Backyard Bistro in Raleigh. So good!

  • emily11 Aug 21, 2012

    What about Characters Quarters in Garner? From my days down there in advertising I always remember good pickles from them!

  • andtoto2 Aug 16, 2012

    Southern Discomfort, I agree with you 100%!!!

    As for good fried pickles? Any place that serves them with something OTHER than ranch dressing gets my vote!

  • k8ered Aug 15, 2012

    Spirits Pub & Grub in Cary....hands down

  • bigDC Aug 14, 2012

    Overtime Sports Pub has THE BEST fried pickles in town.

  • SENCLand Son Aug 14, 2012

    Sawmill Taproom- the BEST!!

  • caniacman Aug 14, 2012

    zaxby's for a fast food place are decent as well. Best ones I ever had was at Tony Packo's in Toledo Ohio they have their own hot pickles and they put a beer batter on them..The best ever but that is a ways away.

  • Southern Discomfort Aug 14, 2012

    "Boylan Bridge Brewpub has the best fried pickles" - Mr. Right

    The only thing Boylan Bridge has worth a dam is a view, and that's only if the weather is pleasant.

  • Not Now Aug 14, 2012

    Razzoo's in Dallas, Texas

  • Questioning Aug 14, 2012

    The best in my area is Blue Ribbon Diner, Mebane/ Burlington. Zaxby's also has them from time to time.