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The Counter - what is better than deep-fried pickles with apricot sauce?

rworange Aug 23, 2006 05:20 PM

The Counter, a newish California chain has deep-fried pickles on the menu which seems to come with a sauce.

Someone on the SF board had an order of DFP with apricot sauce. I'm not really clear if that is the default dipping sauce with the pickles or there is a choice of one of their 16 sauces.

The poster said the apricot sauce was weird and asked for another. Sounded wrong to me too.

However, I finally want to try a deep-fried pickle. Which sauce would you recommend with it?

Right now I'm leaning toward either peanut or roasted garlic aioli.

Also, do deep fried pickles usually come with sauce at other places?

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    SarahEats RE: rworange Aug 23, 2006 07:09 PM

    I've never had a deep fried pickle before, but I would think that a dill pickle would go well with roasted garlic aioli. I can't see the combo of pickle and peanut working well, but I know people who eat peanut butter and pickle sandwiches so I could be wrong.

    1. LoDega RE: rworange Aug 23, 2006 07:10 PM

      Most places I've had fried pickles (and I get them every chance I get) they come with a garlic-mayo type dip.

      If the pickles are good, you don't need the dip.

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        TexasToast RE: LoDega Aug 29, 2006 11:40 PM

        Have you had them thinly sliced, like hamburger pickles, or as chunky pickle "spears"?


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          LoDega RE: TexasToast Aug 30, 2006 05:44 PM

          I have had both pickle "chips", spears, and chunks. I think I prefer the spears or the chips (because chunks are still way too hot to eat) although it really depends on the quality of the pickle.

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            TexasToast RE: LoDega Aug 31, 2006 12:58 AM

            I prefer spears as well; they're like deep-fried potato wedges and the coating sticks better too! I usually just ask for ranch as I think it goes best, but then I've never had them with apricot sauce.


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        DC Gal RE: rworange Aug 28, 2006 09:00 PM

        I agree - a garlicy ranch type sauce is what you're going to want. And the thinner the pickles, the better! YUM!

        1. hhc RE: rworange Aug 29, 2006 01:05 PM

          this report is very funny, his friend ordered all the topping (54) on his burger and he attempts to eat it all in 30 min.:

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            navygirl7 RE: hhc Aug 29, 2006 05:00 PM

            I'm from Ohio and have been posting about deep-fried pickles elsewhere--trying to find them around DC because I love them so much. A good deep-fried pickle requires no sauce BUT a ranch-type dip is best. I even love ketchup on them.

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              DC Gal RE: navygirl7 Aug 29, 2006 07:29 PM

              you're in luck! You can find deep fried pickles in the DC area at the Del Merie Grille in Alexandria. It's in the Calvert Shopping Center on the edge of the Del Ray neighborhood. This is a great little neighborhood restaurant that lists "frickles" as an appetizer. Their version are very thin slices of dill pickles in a fantasticly light beer batter fried crisp and served with a zippy garlic remoulade sauce. Check them out on line at www.delmeriegrille.com

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                jes RE: navygirl7 Aug 30, 2006 09:56 PM

                Silver Spring Mining Company has fried pickles on the menu also. I like them but have never had them anywhere else to compare.

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                  erikka RE: navygirl7 Aug 31, 2006 02:10 PM

                  Ugh, me too. None in NYC--or at least none that I know of. The pickles here stink, anyway--all of the half sours and kosher dills are not my thing.

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                  carfreeinla RE: hhc Feb 3, 2008 04:49 PM

                  I missed whether or not he actually liked what he was eating!

                3. Dommy RE: rworange Aug 29, 2006 09:22 PM

                  The Fried Pickles do indeed come with and ONLY with the Apricot Chutney. It's actually really good because it plays wonderful with the savory of the the fried shell, the sour of the pickle. The fried pickles and the Apple Pie Milkshake are pretty much the only reason to go the counter. Their burgers are bleh...


                  1. Carb Lover RE: rworange Aug 30, 2006 02:32 AM

                    I have eaten deep-fried whole pickles in Arkansas, and they are vastly superior to things like fried zucchini, eggplant, or cheese IMO. My version came w/ a creamy dipping sauce like ranch. The garlic aioli, spicy sour cream, or ranch on the Counter's menu sounded good, but based on Dommy's response, this may all be moot if they don't offer substitutions. I'd be curious to try the apricot chutney since I wouldn't have come up w/ that myself...

                    1. The Dairy Queen RE: rworange Aug 30, 2006 05:59 PM

                      I've just recently learned about "frickles" and I have to say, I can't decide whether I like them. I'm certainly intrigued by them. One place I had them sliced them (into discs) and fried them with almost a tempura-like batter. No sauce. The other place deep-fried the spears in a dill-batter and served them with ranch dressing.


                      1. therealbigtasty RE: rworange Sep 10, 2006 09:14 PM

                        They have great deep fried pickles!

                        But if you live in LA, go to the Pig on La Brea, near Melrose.

                        Their deep fried pickles are served with a roasted red pepper aioli...and they are super-crunchy and slightly sour.

                        Plus barbeque like nobdody's business.

                        But The Counter rules! They have a great staff (maybe I'm biased because I'm friends with some of them)...

                        Mmmm, I'll have to go there today.

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                          HappyTexan RE: rworange Jan 30, 2008 11:38 AM

                          The Horseradish Mayo at The Counter is what I've found to be my favorite with the fried pickles - they also serve that with their sweet potato fries - which are by far the best I've ever had!

                          1. Suzy Q RE: rworange Jan 30, 2008 03:24 PM

                            Every deep fried pickle I've ever seen, from the Carolinas to Tennessee, has come with Ranch. I've tried ketchup, and it's a decent second.

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                              marti RE: Suzy Q Jan 30, 2008 05:37 PM

                              Beachwood BBQ on Main in Seal Beach serves them. They have several bottles of different base BBQ sauces on each table but the waitress recommended the mustard base BBQ sauce for the deep fried pickl slices and it was heavenly!!

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                              Big N Fat RE: rworange Feb 6, 2008 08:08 PM

                              ...A good burger!

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