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Fried Pickles in Boston?

Elizabeth Jun 6, 2005 10:33 AM

Would like to hear from anyone that knows of restaurants serving Fried pickles in the Boston area. My son lives there and loves fried pickles. These are a treat we learned to appreciate while living in Dallas.

  1. digga Oct 9, 2010 07:01 AM

    I had them for the very first time several years ago at Washington Square Tavern - delicious! (Chips of some fancy-ish pickle brand...maybe Moonbrine?)

    Washington Square Tavern
    714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

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      Ajax32 Oct 7, 2010 07:51 PM

      Boston Burger Company in Davis Square does a fried pickle appetizer. I haven't tried that one but they also serve the fried pickles inside a burger with horseradish sauce which is delicious!

      Boston Burger Company
      37 Davis Square, Somerville, MA

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        Fly Oct 5, 2010 11:35 AM

        I've had fried pickle chips at LTK. They were a side, may have rotated off the menu by now.

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          rchudy Oct 6, 2010 06:20 AM

          Think Tank in Cambridge is serving some excellent one's.

          Think Tank
          1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          swans Oct 5, 2010 10:55 AM

          enjoyed the fried pickles at Think Tank last night. They're actually fried pickled vegetables - carrots, pickles, onions, etc. excellent fry job.

          Think Tank
          1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          1. re: swans
            jgg13 Oct 11, 2010 08:37 PM

            Had them tonight, really liked them

          2. Bob Dobalina Oct 4, 2010 12:13 PM

            The Biltmore in Newton has them - don't really see the point on their own, but they worked well with the basket of fried clams.

            The Biltmore
            1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

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              Lighthousehunter Oct 4, 2010 11:59 AM

              Not "Greater Boston", but the Muddy River Smokehouse in Portsmouth,NH has had them for several years. Dill slices, not spears.

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                Parsnipity Oct 4, 2010 09:24 AM

                Redbones' chip-style fried pickles with jalapeno slices also battered and thrown in are definitely the best around here that I've had. We used to force ourselves to stay out late (which for us was 11) til they became available, but about a year ago or so they started making them any time, not just the late night menu. Cambridge Common, Cambridge Brewing Company and Joe Sent Me all serve soggy spears- not worth ordering IMO.

                Cambridge Common
                1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

                Cambridge Brewing Company
                1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Joe Sent Me
                2388 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                1. re: Parsnipity
                  zach272 Oct 4, 2010 10:12 AM

                  Have to disagree with the evaluation of Cambridge Common's fried pickles - I personally like their spears and wouldn't describe them as "soggy." Although the insides are certainly juicier than the chip style, it's not unpleasant, and the outside/batter part is always nicely crispy (in my experience). I also find CC's batter more flavorful than Redbones', although I like Redbones' pickles a lot too.

                  Cambridge Common
                  1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                  55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                    Alcachofa Oct 4, 2010 11:11 AM

                    I agree, Zach. CC's fried pickles are great. The chip fans have a point in general, but I've never had bad spears at Cambridge Common.

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                      LStaff Oct 4, 2010 01:16 PM

                      I like the pickle to batter ratio better with the spears.

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                        Soxfan49 Oct 5, 2010 10:02 AM

                        I have to concur with the above posters; CC's fried pickles are wonderful and probably the best thing on the menu.

                  2. MC Slim JB Oct 2, 2010 07:56 PM

                    Agree that fried spears are all wrong. The Local in West Newton does a nice version, good spicy mayo dip, big portion for $5.


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                      Pegmeister Oct 3, 2010 06:13 AM

                      Well, I guess bringing back a 5 year old thread is a good thing, cause now I can tell everyone how good the fried pickles are at the Fat Cat in Quincy,

                      Fat Cat
                      24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                      1. re: Pegmeister
                        rknrll Oct 3, 2010 08:43 AM

                        They used to be too salty and the batter would fall off the pickle pretty easily...has that changed?
                        Haven't been in there for about a year.

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                          Pegmeister Oct 3, 2010 04:19 PM

                          Batter is still tricky, but I don't find them too salty and I like the dipping sauce.

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                          mangorita Oct 4, 2010 07:10 AM

                          I really like the fried pickle chips at Fat Cat too.

                          Fat Cat
                          24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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                            lz1982 Oct 8, 2010 08:20 PM

                            I was going to make this suggestion too. I really like the remoulade they come with.

                        3. re: MC Slim JB
                          jjbourgeois Oct 3, 2010 03:21 PM

                          Maybe around here, but Hubert Keller's Burger Bar does a killer fried jalepeno pickle spear. Unfortunately he's on the other side of the continent. Sigh

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                            jjbourgeois Oct 11, 2010 07:02 PM

                            Had the fried pickle spears at Hingham Beer Works this evening. Pretty decent, nice coating of batter with a ranch dipping sauce. I will say that these really held the heat temperature wise. Needed a few minutes so I didn't burn the skin off the roof of my mouth.

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                          jaynabeth Oct 2, 2010 06:46 PM

                          Legal Seafood Test Kitchen in the Seaport/Waterfront area has delicious fried pickles.

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                            Sheena & Dan Jun 30, 2005 11:40 PM

                            Dill CHIPS only! The spears being served around Boston are horrible.

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                              rxrfrx Jun 6, 2005 05:53 PM

                              Here's one

                              Link: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/f...

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                                Chris VR Jun 6, 2005 01:43 PM

                                I'm fairly sure they are on the menu at the Overdraught in Inman Square.

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                                  jgg13 Oct 4, 2010 11:32 AM

                                  oops, good thing I checked the date on this. was going to say that the overdraught has been gone for years :)

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                                  oystershucker Jun 6, 2005 10:41 AM

                                  they are on the menu at Cambridge Common.
                                  (between Harvard and Porter Squares on Mass Ave, on the outbound side)

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                                    ChiefRocka Jun 6, 2005 11:00 AM

                                    Joe Sent Me also on Mass Ave in Cambridge. I think the pickles there are great.

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                                      Mike P Jun 6, 2005 11:43 AM

                                      The late night menu (after 11, I think) at Redbones has a fried pickle/fried jalepeno appetizer. Proving once again that everything is better fried. (well, sort of)

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                                        Joanie Jun 6, 2005 11:48 AM

                                        Linwood Grill in the Fenway has them.

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                                          Ali G Jun 6, 2005 12:40 PM

                                          Boston Beer Works and Firefly's (Natick, Sudbury) has them.

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                                            Elizabeth Jun 6, 2005 03:03 PM

                                            Thanks for all the info on the "Fried Pickles"

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