Kirby’s Grill and Bar

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Located at: 345 Kear Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “wait a minute, I didn’t know Kirby’s had fried pickles,” and you’re right… sort of. After looking over the menu and seeing such eclectic appetizers as beer battered cheddar pints, corn nuggets and queso sticks, I thought what the heck, I might as well take a shot in the dark and ask if they have fried pickles even though they aren’t listed on the menu. Since we were the only people in the bar at the time the bartender said that he could probably hook something up for us in the kitchen. Fast forward 5 minutes and I was confronted with a heaping basket of  TWELVE AMAZING SAUCE fried pickles, with TWO, count em, two condiments. Dreams do come true. Kirby’s, if you are reading this, you have the best freaking frickles the frickle chicks have ever tasted, PLEASE make them a permanent feature on the menu!

Dear Kirbys, PLEASE put these frickles on the menu!

 

Texture:   Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

Flaky, beer battered perfection.

Serving Size:   Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

12 spears- biggest portion we’ve ever seen!

Condiment Selection:       Whole Pickle = 4

The kitchen made a special spicy ranch, but also put BBQ sauce on the plate.

Wait Time:     Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

5 minutes.

Service:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest) 

The bartender arranged this order especially for us, so we’ve got to give him a 5.

Price:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

$4.00, 12 spears. You do the math. 

Overall:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

These are the highest rated frickles so far! Delicious!

VACATION POST- Ellen’s Harborside

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Located at: Historic T. Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966

Let me set the scene: sunshine, beach umbrellas, flip flops, and a handwritten sandwich board reading, “deep fried dill pickles” in tiny writing. What are the chances that Lyss and Bex would find frickles in one of the only four restaurants in sleepy downtown Rockport? I guess fried pickles just tend to follow us these days, (they like to feel wanted and know where they belong.) When Lyss and Bex headed up north to Rockport for a long weekend in the sun and wound up with three days of rain, we found a deep-fried glimmer of hope at Ellen’s Harborside Restaurant. The whiteboard of specials was propped outside the entrance, and we zeroed in on the appetizer of the week. Turns out, Rockport isn’t so bad, even in the rain.

 

Frickles in paradise, heaven on Earth with an onion slice


Texture:       Whole Pickle = 4

These frickles were soaked in a jalapeno brine which we LOVED! They were beer battered, and we are happy to report that the breading stayed put after we took a bite. We both really liked them, but agreed that there was just something missing that we couldn’t put our finger on.     

Serving Size:        Whole Pickle = 4

5 medium sized spears.

Condiment Selection:       Pickle Chip = 2

Sweet chili dipping sauce was served, and although we both love it with Chinese food or french fries, it totally clashed with the frickles.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4

We had to wait a while for a table and ended up giving in and sitting at the counter, but we put our frickle order in ASAP, and they were served in about 10 minutes.

Service:     Whole Pickle = 4

Price:      Pickle Chip = 2

5 pieces for $6.99. Pretty steep.

Overall:     Pickle Spear = 3

Without frickles and scrabble, we may not have survived the 3 rainy days of vacation.

Go Burger- Upper East Side

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Located at: 1448 Second Avenue New York, NY 10021

Go Burger is pretty new in the neighborhood and when we heard they had frickles on the menu we knew we had to stop by! It wasn’t what we were expecting it to be, but we were pleasantly surprised. It is less of a burger joint and more of a restaurant. The servers had starched white shirts and long aprons, yet it was still a casual and relaxed atmosphere. There was both indoor and outdoor seating, so we picked a high top table in the store front where we were able to enjoy the best of both worlds. Go Burger is the type of place where you would go after work to grab a drink with your colleagues- but colleagues that you can loosen your ties with! Or of course, the place you would go to grab some awesome fried pickles!

 

These frickles were basically- Pickle Flavored Cupcakes!

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Lyss:      Whole Pickle = 4   

Bex:    Huge Ass Pickle Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

We just couldn’t agree on this one.  Bex loved the doughy-ness of the batter, and thought it also had just the perfect amount of crispiness. Lyss thought the fluffiness was delicious but it was more of a novelty, than a perfect frickle.  It was light, doughy, fluffy, and crispy but not too crunchy. 

Serving Size:   Huge Ass PickleHuge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

8 exceptionally large chips 

Condiment Selection:   Whole Pickle = 4

Bex was blown away by this mouth-watering condiment.  The Frix came with ranch-chili-paprika dipping sauce which was nothing short of amazing.  There was also ketchup and mustard available on the table as options.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4

Service:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest) 


Price:   Pickle Spear = 3

$5.00 per order.  Not a horrible price, but now that we’ve been around the block a little bit it seemed like a smidgen too much. 

Overall:     Whole Pickle = 4

These frickles were splendiferous.  They weren’t a total 5 so we had to give it a 4, but we would go back any day of the week and definitely will!

Rocky’s Deli

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Located at: Mill Plaza, 235 Saw Mill Road, Millwood, NY 10546

You know those online quizzes: “you know you’re a redneck if…” or “you know you were born in the 80’s if…”? Well mine would say: “You know you grew up in Northern Westchester if… You went to Rocky’s Deli every Saturday night between 11pm – 3am for your entire high school career.” Rocky’s Deli is the late-night pit stop renowned throughout Northern Westchester because it’s open 24 hours. Pizza places close at 10pm and the diners shut down around 1am, so if you’ve got a craving for some munchies it’s really the only option… and it’s a GREAT option! Everyone loves Rocky’s, and insomniacs from 30 minutes away will embark on the drive for a perfectly put-together NY deli sandwich at any hour. On the rare occasion that I stop in during day light, I’m always taken aback by the normal clientele filling the shop- soccer moms and office workers stocking up on cold cuts and heros- I forget that grown-ups come here too. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled in for a breakfast sandwich one morning and not only were there adults everywhere (always catches me off guard) but there was a cute little print-out sign on the counter that said, “We now serve frickles.” My thoughts of eggs and cheese were immediately forgotten, and I ordered up the frickles without a care that it was 8am. They were unlike any frickles I’ve had before- they weren’t homemade- but they weren’t bad. They resembled the mozzarella sticks at any chain restaurant, but with pickles inside instead of cheese. The breading was super thick and kind of doughy, but in a good way. Needless to say, the space I hold in my heart for Rocky’s grew a little bigger that day.

Sorry for the blue hue- I was caught off guard with only my cell phone to take pix.

Texture:      Pickle Spear = 3

Like mozzarella sticks with pickles instead of cheese.

Serving Size:       Whole Pickle = 4

6 spears per serving.

Condiment Selection:   Stem   Pickle Tail = 1

Sigh. Not even ketchup.

Wait Time:      Pickle Spear = 3

I’m pretty sure they forgot about my order, so next time it might be faster but it took about 10 minutes, which is a lot when you’re standing at the deli counter looking longingly at the deep fryer.

Service:     Whole Pickle = 4

Woulda been a Huge Ass Pickle, but I think they forgot my order.

Price:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

$3 for 6 spears.

Overall:       Pickle Spear = 3

Not the best, but not bad at all.

Lyss' first juicy bite of Rocky's frickles. Photo Credit: Mr. Jimmy G. Breez Mortarano