A few months ago a friend came back from the mainland raving about the deep fried pickles she had at a state fair. While I wanted to say how strange that sounded, I was kinda hampered by the fact that she knows my favorite sandwich is peanutbutter and dill pickle.
A week or so ago I was at Byrons by the Honolulu airport and noticed (on one of those dozens of pieces of paper taped to the inside of the window) that they sell both breaded fried zuccini and breaded fried pickles. Naturally I had to bring my friend to go try the pickles, we finally got around to it this evening.
For a dollar-fifty you get 4 or 5 pickle spears, breaded in a panko batter and deep fried. They are severd over a bed of shredded cabbage (soaks up the excess oil) with a little container of tarter-like sauce on the side. The breading was nice and crisp, not too oily and the pickles while hot, were not mushy, they were nice and firm. I think I'm hooked.
I like them a lot more than the two slices of fried green tomatoes ($4) you get at the Diamond Head farmers market.