Heartland Brewery

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Location: 50 5th Avenue, New York NY 10001

This fried pickle tasting was a total surprise to us, and we couldn’t have been happier about it! We were in the city to attend a presentation where Mama Frickle Chick was being honored, and we are so so proud of her! That being said, it was an excruciatingly long evening, and all 3 of us ducked out of the event early in search of food. The closest dining establishment in sight was Heartland Brewery, so we rushed the door and demanded food. (We waited to be seated and then ordered drinks.)

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Gang names: Left- FrickLyssious, Center- BrineyBecca, Right- Rosie the Relisher

We were not expecting fried pickles to be on the menu, so we were psyched to be on an unintended frickle tasting. We ordered them right away, and this beauty came out of the kitchen faster than a group of hungry women fleeing a boring awards show. 

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Chive and sweet pepper garnished these scrumptious sours.

They were really really good! Since Heartland Brewery is a bit of chain restaurant, we weren’t expecting this level of deliciousness, but they were awesome, and so was everything else we ordered. Fried pickles, alright!

Texture:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Homemade and very crispy, yet juicy when we bit in. They were dill pickles, not sour, which was a nice departure from the norm. The plate was garnished with chives and sweet red pepper, which was a great touch. 

Serving Size:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

5 average spears. 

Condiment Selection:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

Just one condiment, a nice “cool ranch” dipping sauce. 

Wait Time:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Everything we ordered came out of the kitchen super fast! Fricks took about 5 minutes.

Service:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

We didn’t seem to have one server, there were 3 or 4 different people helping us… and we had to ask more than one of them for an extra side of ranch, which never came. 

Price:

Pickle Chip = 2

Pickle Chip = 2

$8.25 for each order. 

Overall:  

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

These frickles were AWESOME! We loved them, but the price was a bit high and the serving size was a bit low. Lack of condiment options wasn’t great either, so we can’t give them a perfect score.  

Savannah’s Southern House

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Location: 3901 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Savannah’s Southern House just opened up in Yorktown recently. It’s a good looking space with a nice sized bar and two floors for dining. The only menu item I sampled was the fried pickles, and they were very good.

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A vision to behold.

Although I went for the frickles, I was also looking forward to a having a beer, since the website advertises 10 beers on tap! I was bummed out when I got there to see 3 of the drafts were empty, and I wasn’t feeling the (mostly hoppy) other options. But I still got my frickles, super fast and super yummy, so I was a happy Frickle Chick!

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WARNING: Do not try the black cherry hard cider unless you are a huge fan of cherry coke.

Texture:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

This is Lyss’s favorite kind of fried pickle! Thick spears with the ideal crunchiness factor. It held together perfectly, and the pickle stayed put in the batter without falling out after each bite. Not an easy feat to accomplish. Two thumbs up.

Serving Size:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

8 big spears per serving.

Condiment Selection:

Pickle Chip = 2

Pickle Chip = 2

The only condiment was a mustardy house remoulade, which didn’t go great with the frickles. Luckily there was a house BBQ sauce and hot sauce on the bar. 

 

Wait Time:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Our order came out in about 10 minutes.

Service:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

The bartender was very sweet, and let me taste a few of the beers on draft. 

Price:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

$6.95 for the order, pretty standard. 

Overall:  

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Would definitely go back for a nice filling plate of frickles, suitable for sharing.

 

 

 

Celebrity frickle guest, Drew, daintily frickling away.

Celebrity frickle guest, Drew, daintily frickling away.

Drew's incredibly arsty frickle shot. #Amazing.

Drew’s incredibly arsty frickle shot. #Amazing.

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!
 
 

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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.

Westchester Burger Co.

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Located at: 106 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

Westchester Burger Co. is located right across from The Westchester Mall in White Plains, and a great option for dinner when you are starving after a day of shopping, yet desperate to leave the mall. It is a casual atmosphere with spacious seating, as well as a full bar against the back wall. Slightly reminiscent of Pizzeria Uno’s, it kind of felt like a chain restaurant, yet for some reason we really enjoyed it anyway. The fried pickles were to die for… they truly made our top 5 list. And of course, the best part, the condiment, was amazing. A mayo-based paprika/pickle remoulade with a hint of cayenne pepper. At our next cooking extravaganza we can guarantee we will be hijacking this little trick and putting chopped pickles into all of the sauces!

Pickle chunks in the sauce- nice touch!

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

These frickles had the perfect consistency. The outside was perfectly crispy and the inside had a very light layer of doughy breading. They were similar to Go Burger’s frickles, only less cakey. Love love love.

Serving Size:      Whole Pickle = 4 

12 generously sized peices.

Condiment Selection:        Whole Pickle = 4

There was ketchup and mustard on the table, and the frickles came with an AWESOME paprika/pickle remoulade, made with a mayo base and real live chunks of pickle.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4 

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

Service:         Whole Pickle = 4 

Our lovely Irish waitress was friendly, but not overly-perky.

Price:       Pickle Spear = 3

$6.00

Overall:      Whole Pickle = 4 

We will definitely return to Westchester Burger Co. for fried pickes! One of our faves!

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!

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!

Texture:  

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!

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.