International Pickle Festival- Rosendale

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Location: Rosendale, NY

Fricklers and Staches

So here it goes; our most overdue post yet!  Way back in November the Frickle Chicks went to the best event in the world, yes I said it, the WORLD; The 14th Annual International PICKLE FESTIVAL!  Everywhere you turn there are just more and more pickles.  Spicy pickles, sweet pickles, sour pickles, baby pickles, monster pickles, pickle flavored snow-cone (p.s. never again), human pickles, and most importantly FRIED PICKLES!  The festival has  all sorts of contests, yummy eats, live music and dancing,  and vendors selling all types of wonderful things.  Overall, Pickle Festival was a great success!  Spacey Tracy was the woman to meet our every frickle need. And oh boy did she!
 
 

Mecca

We had been hearing about Spacey Tracey forever, and now we can finally experience the happiness.

So lets get down to some pickle ratings:

Texture:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Muy delicioso! The frickles had a crunchy texture outside, with a fluffy yet cooked layer inside.

 

Serving Size:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

About 8-10 extremely large pickle chips per serving.

Condiment Selection:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

There were a few condiment options, including a horseradish-ranch(?) sauce, along with a few other options which we opted out of.

Wait Time:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

There were a few issues when we got to the front of the line, but considering it was a festival filled with hundreds of people, we understood having to wait a few extra minutes.

Service: 

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Spacey Tracy was friendly and super nice.  Not to mention she had some killer pickle earings!

 

 

Price:    

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Affordable and fair for the size of the huge-ass pickle chips.  They were also veryyyyyy filling; we were able to share one serving among 2 or 3 people.

Overall:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Bex really loved them. I mean really REALLY loved these fried pickles! They are certainly on her list of top 3 best frickles.  Lyss liked the fricks and appreciated the frickle talent which was exhibited, but was not a huge fan of the flavor of the actual pickle itself.

Pickle Festival 2012. Never forget.

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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!

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

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.

Adventures in Cooking Frickles- Attempt 2 (Success!)

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Since our last, pathetic attempt to conjure up our own frickles ended in major disappointment, we spent another evening trying to amend the error of our ways. Our big mistake was lack of BATTER! Since we semi-knew what we were doing, Bex got to drying and blotting, while Lyss used flour, milk and egg to whip up the batter.

Dill pickle chips proved the tastiest in our last trial, so we stuck with them this time. Hardcore blottage is super important for the batter to stick.

 

After each slice was coated on both sides with batter, we added a small amount of panko breadcrumbs for crispiness. Then we fried em up in 2 inches of oil which was heated for 10 minutes. Each frickle cooked for about 1 minute on each side.  Our first trials had way too much batter and tasted like hot pickles inside small stale rolls. A light coating of batter fared much better. We also tried mixing in breadcrumbs with the batter, which tasted good too!

 

Our final batter recipe had breadcrumbs mixed in, along with paprika, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne.

 

Once we got the hang of it we experimented with adding different spices to the breadcrumbs and batter. The winning recipe had breadcrumbs mixed into the batter, along with salt and pepper, garlic, paprika, and a hint of cayenne pepper. They were delicious and we were so psyched to have finally honed the craft of frickling, but we still think most restaurants serve up a better plate of frickles than we came up with. Our only hope is to infiltrate the kitchens of Brother Jimmy’s, and steal some trade secrets.

Wicker Park

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Located at: 1469 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Wicker Park is the last place I expected to find frickles on the menu, but I was happily surprised last weekend when we stopped in for a night cap and some munchies. The snack section of the menu has several items for only 3 bucks a pop, and this Upper East Side restaurant and bar could not have surprised me any more! Typically serving the UES casual dinner crowd and weekend drinkers, I was not expecting my favorite deep fried delicacy for next to nothing, especially when my bottled domestic beer was $6. They definitely weren’t the best frickles I’ve ever had, but for a late night bite they hit the spot.

Not our favs, but at $3 you can't beat it.

Texture:      Pickle Chip = 2

Breading was a little soggy and not very flavorful.    

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

Big bowl with lots of pieces!

Condiment Selection:       Pickle Chip = 2

Horseradish Cream Dipping Sauce was good, but it was the only condiment besides ketchup.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4

Took about 10 minutes for our full order, which was 2 sandwiches and 2 appetizers.

Service:      Whole Pickle = 4

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

All snacks on the menu are only $3.00!

Overall:      Pickle Spear = 3

 

It is possible Lyss indulged in 1 too many alcoholic beverages.