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.  

The Greene Turtle

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Location: 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010

This Frickle Chicks post is sponsored by Grandma and Grandpa, who were kind enough to take the Chicks out for a special lunch date at The Greene Turtle, that started with a round of fried picks for everyone!

Grandma and Grandpa got a great bargain on the meal. You shoulda seen the portion sizes, you wouldn't believe it.

Grandma and Grandpa got a great bargain on the meal. You shoulda seen the portion sizes, you wouldn’t believe it.

The Greene Turtle is a typical chain sports bar, with more TVs than you can count and more merch than you ever thought a bar was capable of selling. There were like, 45 different tee-shirts on sale at the register. Madness. 

Anyway, the ride to Long Island was long and food-less, so we were starving when we got to the restaurant. Imagine if you were lost in the desert with no food or water, on the brink of dying from dehydration. You had been drinking your own pee for days. And then, out of the sky a magical cloud appeared and rained down upon you the sweetest water you had ever tasted. 

That was basically what happened. Except the rain was pickles and the desert was a Subaru Forrester. 

Sweet sweet rain pickles

Sweet sweet rain pickles

There was nothing especially exceptional about these frickles. They were pre-frozen and fried on site, but there’s something to be said for knowing exactly what you are going to get. They were  super tasty, and exactly what we were craving.  

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Texture:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Absolutely scrumptious, but there wasn’t any love put into these by the kitchen. Pre-packaged happiness. In a good way. 

Serving Size:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

8 sizable spears were enough for everyone to have a taste and then some.

Condiment Selection:

Pickle Chip = 2

Pickle Chip = 2

Just a lonely side of watery ranch. 

Wait Time:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

The usual. About 10 minutes.

Service:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

The waiter was very nice, but awful forgetful. 

Price:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

$7 for each order. 

Overall:  

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

If you are looking for a place to try your first fried pickle, this is a great place to start. 

 

 

 

 

Wedding picture circa 1961

Grams and gramps wedding picture circa 1955

The Penrose

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Location: 1590 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10028

I stumbled across The Penrose by accident a few weeks ago, completely expecting it to be one of my old stomping grounds, the sports bar, Ship of Fools. Sadly, my favorite dive bar had closed it’s doors, but I decided to give this new fancy pants spot a chance. Although the beer pong area was unrecognizable now that the place had floors, the menu looked great, and it was kind of nice to sit in a chair that wasn’t held together with duct tape.

Kristina Rose King. #FriedPickleModel

Kristina Rose King. #FriedPickleModel

Kristina is the perfect companion for all things related to eating. Also perfect for having fun, going out, staying in, and life in general. And before you say that I’m crushing on her… guess what… WE’RE LEGALLY MARRIED CIRCA 2007 BY AN ONLINE ORDAINED FRESHMAN MINISTER. So yeah, I know I crush on her, but it’s justified. 

These are the first set of balls that Kristina didn't find gross.

These are the first set of balls that Kristina didn’t find gross.

The frickles were great, made with McClure’s Brooklyn Pickles, in a fluffy beer batter. The best part of the frickles were the huge pickle chunks inside each one. Another menu item worth an honorable mention: breadcrumb battered fried Brussels sprouts in buffalo wing sauce. 

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Healthy serving of pickle chunk

Texture:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

This is Becca’s favorite kind of frickle, super fluffy! Lyss also loves a good beer batter. Perfect combo of the two.

Serving Size:

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

There were only 8 frickles, but each one had a nice big pickle slice in it, and they were very filling.

Condiment Selection:

Pickle Chip = 2

Pickle Chip = 2

Womp womp. Just one condiment, a smoky sauce, and it was rather ordinary.

Wait Time:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

The usual. Just about 10-15 minutes.

Service:

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

Huge Ass Dill = 5 (highest)

This is 100% biased because the bartender was so ridiculously good looking. Sorry, but I have no idea how the service was. I was completely distracted by the perfect human specimen in front of me.

Price:

Pickle Spear = 3

Pickle Spear = 3

$7 for each order. 

Overall:  

Whole Pickle = 4

Whole Pickle = 4

Becca gives them a 4.5, Lyss gives them a 3.5, so we settled on a solid 4.