Bareburger- Hartsdale

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Location: 265 Commercial St, Hartsdale, NY 10531

In an unprecedented move, never before seen by the eyes of a Frickle Chick… a restaurant has placed TWO different styles of frickle on one menu. Finally. The world is catching on. Not only are there two types of fried pickles at Bareburger, the whole menu is fantastic, organic, creative, delicious treats. Becca took approximately 4 hours deciding what to order for her entree since everything looked so good. 

Left: Panko Crusted Butter Pickle Chips Right: Cornmeal Crusted Spicy Pickle Spears

Left: Panko Crusted Butter Pickle Chips Right: Cornmeal Crusted Spicy Pickle Spears

The condiment selection was on a level all it’s own. If the Frickle Chicks did an award show (which maybe we should consider) Bareburger would definitely get the Condiment Award of the Century. Hands down. Every dish came with it’s own selection of multiple, hand-mixed condiments.  

Finally! A dining establishment that gets it.

Finally! A dining establishment that gets it.

 To be fair, we have to rate the texture of each type of frickle individually. They each had their own merits worthy of distinctive recognition. These ratings were established with the help of celebrity guest fricklers, Jennifer and Justin.

The secret to a happy marriage? Feed each other frickles at least 1 time per day.

The secret to a happy marriage? Feed each other frickles at least 1 time per day.

 

Panko Crusted Butter Pickle Chips Texture:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

These frickles had hot pepper flakes mixed into the batter, which was outrageously delicious. Even though the spears are supposed to be spicy, we thought the chips were much spicier. The batter was great, but they were a little too crunchy, somehow. 

 

 

Cornmeal Crusted Spicy Pickle Spears Texture:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

Still very good, but the spears weren’t spicy, as advertised. The batter tasted yummy, but some of it fell off when you took a bite. There were also two spears that were only battered on two sides, so the unbreaded area was a little burned.

Serving Size:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Nice healthy servings of both. 

Condiment Selection:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Each serving of fricks came with 2 homemade sauces, and there were multiple sauces that came with the other dishes. Our favorites were the Thai Chili Mayo and Buttermilk Ranch.

Wait Time:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

Pretty average. A little over 10 minutes.

Service:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Our waitress was nice and attentive.

Price:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

$6.95 for each order. 

Overall:  

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Bareburger is out of this world. We could eat here every day for the rest of our lives and be happy little Frickle Chicks. They even have brunch. Brunch?? Brunch!

But we are here to rate the fried pickle portion of the evening, and must stay focused. They were great, not the best we’ve ever had, but the overall experience was stellar. 

 

 

 

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Frickle fun for the whole family.

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The Peekskill Brewery

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Located at: 55 Hudson Avenue Peekskill, NY 10566

The Peekskill Brewery, located right across from the Peekskill train station on the Hudson River, is a frickle spot we have been trying to get to for quite some time. When we heard frickles were added to the menu, we knew we had to try them, but wanted to give the chefs some time to perfect their recipe and they came pretty close! The menu item is served as half fried pickles and half fried jalapenos, each coated in a delicious tempura batter that we thought slightly resembled fried dough. The chef was nice enough to give us a complimentary ‘Pot of Pickles’ which consisted of pickled seasonal veggies (cauliflower, carrots, celery, baby pickles, golden beets, and onions), toast and sea salt butter.  It was very unique and delicious! (This frickle gig has really been paying off for us lately 😉    !)


Our huge ass serving of frickles!

Texture:      Whole Pickle = 4

Crunchy and crispy tempura breading. These frickles were delicious and full of crispy goodness, but we thought that the pickle slices were too thin and should have been a bit thicker so that they wouldn’t get lost in the taste of the breading.

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

Amillion and one pieces, including jalapeno slices.  An overflowing bowl full of crispy fried love.

Condiment Selection:    Pickle Spear = 3

Homemade Ranch-Parmesan Garlic dressing- YUM! (One of the best ranch dressings I’ve ever had!)  But… as we are both condiment lovers, we were a little upset that no other condiments were offered.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4 

Moderate.  The wait time was pretty average, not too quick and not too long.  

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

Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful.  Besides the fact that the chef gave us a complimentary ‘Pot of Pickles’ which was delicious, he also made an appearance at the table to check up on how our food and our frickles were treating us! Great service!

Price:       Pickle Spear = 3

$6.00 They were great quality and great serving size, but seemed a little pricey in comparison to our other frickle adventures.

Overall:     Whole Pickle = 4

We would definitely go back to the Peekskill Brewery for some frickles and jalapenos, as well as to enjoy one of the many handcrafted beers.  

Lyss and guest-star Stroker, frickling their lives away.

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor

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Located at: 1125 First Avenue, New York, NY 10065

To our faithful Frickle Fans: So sorry for extended hiatus. Since our last post we have been super busy with life: graduating from Grad School, moving across the state, traveling extensively, celebrating countless weddings, job hunting, apartment hunting, and working a crazy amount of overtime. Alas, it is no excuse to have slacked off to our wonderful fans, especially since we frickled through all the highs and lows of the past few months. We’ve got a stack of reviews higher than a bucket of brine, so check back regularly for new posts from your favorite Frickle Chicks!

Now, down to business: Neely’s Barbecue Parlor located at 62nd Street and First Avenue on the Upper East Side. Here’s what we’re dealing with:

It's hard to tell in the picture how big each pickle slice is. They were thinly sliced, but about 3-4 inches across.

Neely’s has a truly authentic, classy, Southern vibe (at least we think it does, since neither of us have ever been to the real south, just Florida and the Carolinas) but if we close our eyes and imagine a swanky dining establishment straight out of N’awlins, you’ve got Neely’s. A chic dining room, lounge and bar manage to make BBQ elegant… well as elegant as dripping Baby Back Ribs can be. This place is perfect for a business dinner or nice night out. I felt a little self-concious in my tee shirt and jeans, but the staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome. Overall we loved the atmosphere and had a great time, but the frickles fell a bit short of our expectations.

Lyss steals the last frickle staying true to the Frickle Chick motto: "Never Leave a Pickle on the Plate."

Texture:       Pickle Chip = 2

Here’s the thing… these puppies had a lot of love in them. We could tell they were hand-cut, battered in a hand-made concoction of spices, and deep-fried by someone straight out of a Tennessee kitchen, and we feel really guilty giving them a 2… but they just weren’t that good. We had high expectations from the looks of them, but the spices and the taste of the batter just didn’t do it for us.

Serving Size:      Whole Pickle = 4

17 pieces cut from a big-ass Texas dill.

Heaven. 15+ condiment varieties.

Condiment Selection:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

There was a hightop table devoted solely to the purpose of displaying condiments and hot sauces. There are no words.

We also had a selection of 3 barbecue sauces at the table (original, sweet, spicy) and the plate of frickles came with a “secret sauce”. Our experienced taste buds guess that it was some variety of horseradish mayo.

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

Our frickles came out of the kitchen in under 5 minutes.

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

Our waitress was awesome. She was quick, nice, and didn’t give us dirty looks for just ordering soda and frickles. She was also participating in a fundraiser for breast cancer, pledging to donate 100% of her tips in the month of October to the Susan  G. Komen foundation, along with shaving her head at the end of the month in support of women currently struggling with breast cancer. A true role model.

Price:       Whole Pickle = 4

$5.25 per generous order.

Overall:        Pickle Spear = 3

We loved everything about this place: the server, the atmosphere, THE CONDIMENTS, just not the fried pickles. We probably wouldn’t go back for them.

BACON. HOT. SAUCE. yes.

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.

Memphis Mae’s

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Located at: 173 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

HOLY YUMMY! Before I even say anything, let’s begin with a picture: 

These pickle spears are soaked in magical jalapeno brine for 36 hours before being battered and fried.

Memphis Mae’s BBQ Bistro, located in Westchester County, is a divergence from the backwoods BBQ spots that I’m used to. Don’t get me wrong, I love a dive bar 6 days a week, but sometimes it’s nice to sit in a chair that actually has a back on that 7th day. Mae’s has a great selection of local(ish) and craft beers, which perfectly complimented the salty and spicy frickles. Yes, that’s right, these pickles are soaked in jalapeno brine for 36 hours before being battered and fried, and it adds an awesome bite to the taste. The frickle chicks are huge fans of all things spicy, hot wingy, and peppery, so after falling in love with this awesome twist on frickles, we tested our luck with Jalapeno Bottlecaps. All we can can say is… nothing, because our tongues are still numb from the blazing injuries we endured. Bex thought these were hot hot hot- but great (she said while drooling from her mouth). These are for the strong stomached fans of flaming food ONLY!

Jalapeno Bottlecaps. Ingest at your own risk.

 

Texture:      Whole Pickle = 4

Really delicious, crispy batter.

Serving Size:      Pickle Spear = 3

5 spears per serving.

Condiment Selection:   Stem   Pickle Tail = 1

There was not even ONE condiment served with the frickles. There was BBQ sauce and honey mustard on the table, but they weren’t that good. This was a hard blow for us to recover from. The jalapeno bottlecaps were served with “Alabama Sauce,” which was a thin creamy peppercorn dressing. Eh.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4

Our order took a little less than 10 minutes.

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

Our waiter was super nice and patient with us even though I spilled salad dressing all over the entire table. He also coached Lyss through her first piece of pickled okra.

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

All fixin’s on the menu are only $2.95! Amazing. 

Overall:     Whole Pickle = 4

Lyss really loved the jalapeno brine touch, as did Bex but wasn’t completely won over. Overall, these rate pretty freaking high on our list!

Shoutout to Bret, our honorary frickle taster for the evening.