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Fried Pickle Spears

Since Rudeboy hasn't done it yet. . .

Where are your favorite Austin establishments for fried pickle spears? I like the ones at Alamo Drafthouse, but I don't particularly like the ones at Pluckers.



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  1. I really like the zesty flavor of the ones at Alamo Drafthouse by thought they were pricey for the limited number you get. But also guess that's the cost you pay for being able to buy alcohol and watch a movie without minors around.
    Amysue..you only get 4 or 5 spears from what I remember so it's not real filling

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    1. re: amykragan

      I have never tried them at the Alamo Drafthouse so may have to do that. You mentioned you didn't like Pluckers - I always thought they were good though. Trying to remember where else has spears since so many usually have the pickle chips. I don't know how but I find the pickle spears very filling which is amazing it is just a breaded pickle.

    2. Plucker's Wings has some of the best fried pickle spears that I've ever had. They don't survive take-out or delivery but in-house they are very good. Good texture, good crisp, and still a nice crunchy pickle inside.

      1. had some at the tavern (across from austin java) on lamar. they were pretty good.

        1. I grew up eating fried pickles at a catfish house in Carriere, MS. But those were fried pickle chips dipped in cornmeal. That has, unfortunately, set the standard for fried pickles. I think that fried spears are just too mushy and most places around here bread them too heavily. Is there anywhere around here that fries chips instead of spears?

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          1. re: MyySharona

            Several places! I am from Texas... okay, since the age of 4... my first fried pickles were at Threadgill's on Lamar only 15 years ago when I happily moving to Austin (they are now off the menu but they will make them upon request). I was in awe. Keep in mind, I'm a pickle fanatic! I now try them everywhere I see them. I thought they were good at Katz's, as well... awhile ago.

            So, fried pickles are a southern "thang"? Never had one in Big D, Houston or Galveston (all places that I have lived).

            I completely agree about the mushy spears... no go.

            1. re: Rene

              I live in Houston & we get the spears at Katz's. They are fabulous! When in Galveston, The Spot has fried pickle chips, they're great too. My favorite are definitely spears at Katz's. Don't enjoy paying for them at Katz's though. We ate there last night & my daughter was paying - $8 for 6. But, so tasty!

            2. re: MyySharona

              Cuatro's on 24th street has excellent fried pickle chips served with a jalapeno ranch. The other menu items we have tried (burgers, various tacos) are pretty bland in my opinion though.

              1. re: MyySharona

                MyySharona -

                I am heading to Carriere in a couple days. What is the name of the Catfish house who makes these pickles?

                1. re: MyySharona

                  We had the fried pickle chips at Angel's Ice House in Spicewood this weekend. They are my favorite with a light, nicely seasoned breading. They threw in a handful of friend jalepeno chips and served with a tasty chipotle ranch for dipping.

                2. I would like to write a coffee table book about the fried pickle. Maybe have it read right to left for spears and the other ways for chips, or vice versa.

                  I slightly prefer the spear. The best I've had around Austin may be Katz's, but then I'm always drunk while there. Same for Plucker's. I find those at Alamo good, but overpriced for the amount. I recall Cain and Able's passing off a passable pickle.

                  1. If I eat at a restaurant that serves fried pickles, you can bet I'll order them. I'm usually the only sober person when we leave downtown so I can attest to Katz's pickles... definitely the best I've had. Plus you get a lot for your money.

                    1. I like the ones at the Drafthouse too (South Lamar)... but as others commented, expensive for the quantity you get. 50% boost in quantity. Or offer a deal for 2nd order is 50% off.

                      1. I have posted a few fried pickle reviews over on my blog. Using Chowhound, and a couple other food sites, I have compiled a list of places in Austin that serve them both spears and chips which I plan to hit up. If there are any others that I am missing that you know of, please let me know!



                        1. Anyone who likes the fried pickles at the Drafthouse should be very happy with the ones at The Jackalope.