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Thin Sliced Fried Pickles

I am looking for fried pickles of a particular variety. I like thin pickle slices (chips, rounds, whatever you want to call them) with a light batter (tempura-esque) so that there is an initial crunch but then it almost dissolves in your mouth. Preferably served with some cool dipping sauce of a ranch variety. I really don't want any heavy breading or crumbs or pickle spears. I can find those things easily all over town. There is a place where I am from on the Texas coast that does them this way and I am trying to find a place in town.

I did some searching and it looks like Red Bud Grill may make them this way, but I also read a lot of other not so flattering comments about that place.

So, any suggestions of places that do their fried pickles like this in the Austin area? Thank you.

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  1. oh man, do i know exactly what you're talking about. the only options for these dirty delicacies in town is to have over-battered chips or the full-on fried pickle spears, neither of which i'm crazy for. the only place i know of where you can get lightly fried, thin pickle slices is at wurstfest in new braunfels. i know this as i was just there this past saturday and they were fantastic, just the way you described :-) the wurstfest is on through next weekend, so i'd recommend taking the short drive down there while it's still going on.

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    1. re: dwohlfahrt

      I had them at wurstfest too this past weeekend. I had them for the first time locally at Chez Zee.

      http://www.chez-zee.com/Dinner_Menu.htm

      1. re: nypb

        i had them at wurstfest too. salty!

         
    2. The last few times I went to Evangeline Cafe they had fried pickle chips. They were awesome! The sauce wasn't ranch, but evangeline sauce, which tastes kind of like a thousand island. I'm sure you could ask for ranch though. At the time they said it was a temporary thing, but they were doing so well that they were talking about making it a permanent menu item.

      1. I recall that the Black Eyed Pea has the fried pickle chips. The breading may be a little heavier than what you're looking for though. I got hooked on them and I much prefer them to the fried pickle spears, and I'd love to try some like the ones you describe.

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        1. re: Royale

          Ironically enough, I was just at the Black Eyed Pea yesterday. While their's are tasty in their own right, they are really more like fried green tomatoes than the type of fried pickles I am looking for. They are quite thick (half an inch or so) with a heavy breading consisting of some cornmeal and some flour. While the thicker breading/batter I feel was probably necessitated by the larger pickle slices, it's almost a completely different beast.

          The beauty of the light ones is you really almost don't even know you are eating anything fried (much like tempura vegetables). They are just light, crisp and just fade away in your mouth.

          1. re: craveytrain

            Yeah, I didn't think BEP's were exactly what you were looking for. I really hope someone can tell us where to find the type of fried pickles you're looking for because they really do sound amazing.

        2. The now closed Razoo's had great ones - I loved them but I can't remember how thick the batter was.

          1. I too love the thin, fried pickle chips. The best I have found recently are at Little Woodrows up North. I wish they were a bit thinner - it almost seems like they bread 2 pickle chips together before battering and frying. But, the batter is good and the ranch is homemade. Hope that helps!

            1. Wings n More up north of parmer off IH35 has fried pickles of the chip variety as opposed to spears. I love them, although since I have moved further south, I don't make it out there as often any more.

              1. I had thin fried pickles at Louisiana Longhorn Cafe last night in Round Rock. They were very good along with the rest of their food:
                http://www.louisianalonghorncafe.com/

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                1. re: tjt

                  I agree with the pickles at LA Longhorn Cafe. Also, their fried mushrooms are great. This is one of our favorite places. RR is growing and getting more new restaurants but most of them are chains. We love the downtown area. The pickles at Juniors in downtown are fried kosher dills and they are real thick. Different and not too bad.

                  1. re: Meshelle

                    Last night, the wife and I made it out to LA Longhorn Cafe. It was our first visit and the food was great. I highly recommend the Jambalaya.

                    However, the pickles aren't quite what I am looking for. Close, but the batter is a bit heavier, it's more of a breading. And they are very, very salty. Not bad, just not quite what I am looking for.

                    I got a tip from the wife that hooters actually has good fried pickles, close to what I am looking for. That is a place I wouldn't have normally checked, but I'll try to get by there this week and will report back.

                2. I had fried pickles at The Pier on Lake Travis this last weekend. The pickles were thinly sliced, but didn't have a tempura batter. Instead, they had a cornmeal batter similar to a fried catfish batter. They were served with a chipotle mayo, and were pretty tasty.

                  1. I'm in Austin and having the same plight. the fried chips of which you speak are more of a Louisiana through Alabama thing I will guess, as thats usually how they're made there(I'm from MS). The over battered is awful to me.

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                    1. re: chrisbuzzard

                      I know exactly what you're talking about. The best fried pickles I've ever had (and serve as my standard) were from Quavis (sp?) Catfish near Picayune, MS. I grew up in Slidell, but at least twice a month we went there. They were very thinly coated, I think in the same cornmeal fishfry that they used otherwise. Super crispy on the outside, melty on the inside. Just fantastic.
                      When I first moved to Austin and saw fried pickles on a menu I was so excited! That feeling was short lived, though, when 2 overly breaded spears were set down. Gack.

                      1. re: MyySharona

                        Hole in the Wall used to have awesome, made perfect chips. A huge pile of them for $2.50... used to that is. The last time I was there they were made totally different and cost $5 I think(for an inky dinky amount).

                    2. Cuatro's on 24th has very tasty thin sliced fried pickles served with a jalapeno ranch. Sometimes they are a bit greasy, but definitely my favorite in town. Just keep in mind it is a west campus bar so it can be crowded with students at times.