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Please share your experience of The Best Fried Thing you ever ate...

A recent contender bought earlier today (I ate it 5 hours later) from a Cambodian grocery store in Lynn, MA called:

Pailin Lynn Market
859 Western Ave
Lynn, MA 01905
(781) 593-0849

Hard to even describe: dense chewy donut-ish outer with a nice cracking/crumbling confectioners sugar frost. Inside an almost savory but sort of sweet. Thought it was white bean paste (but a bit more savory), very crumbly almost like cooked egg yoke. Not doing it justice, but it was sublime. Amongst the best deep fried things I have ever eaten.

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  1. I nominate "suppli di riso" (also known as "arancini"). Cooked arborio rice rolled in a ball, stuffed w/ dolcelatte gorgonzola & fontina cheeses, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Served w/ a simple tomato sauce. Mmmm.... fried rice balls.... adam

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    1. re: adamshoe

      I am a big fan of arancini.

      Other fried items I adore: clams, onion rings, donuts, zepolli di San Giuseppe, oysters, tostones, Brazilian salgadinhos, various Chines foods, fish sandwich... and more.

      1. re: adamshoe

        Ooh yes arancini. I made those for our holiday dinner this year. Loved it! :)

        1. re: adamshoe

          Well, they can be stuffed with various things—sometimes a little ragu, mozz—in fact I've never had them with gorgonzola. Best I ever had were in 1998 in a train station in Palermo on my birthday, which happens to be August 15, i.e. a holiday in Italy, ferie d'agosto, when everything else in the city was closed. I'd been feeling very sorry for myself all day—until that first bite. Then everything was golden and new.

          1. re: adamshoe

            I'm right there with you on the aranchini! I love them and will hunt them down when I travel.

            But, this past week in NOLA I ate more fried oysters than I've had in years, and I'm still craving them! I simply adore them.

            1. re: adamshoe

              Just to clear up a few misconceptions. Arancini are a speciality of Sicilian cuisine. They are fried rice balls,filled with ragù (meat sauce), mozzarella, peas, On the outside they are simply coated with bread crumbs and fried.
              In Northern Italian cuisine, supplì di riso are similar, but typically are larger, have fewer vegetables, use gravy, and the rice used is generally leftover risotto rather than specially made.
              Neither would authentically use dolcelatte gorgonzola & fontina cheeses. In fact docelatte is a separate type of cheese it is in fact a milder smelling and tasting alternative. Fontina is very similar to Gruyere.
              In short Arancini and Suppli di Riso are two different things. A variant that uses gorgonzola and or fontina is not at all authentic, although I am pleased that you enjoyed it all the same.


              1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                So no one in Italy would ever use gorgonzola or fontina in any arancini ever. Got it. Thanks for clearing that up.

                Good thing something not being authentic doesn't keep me from enjoying a really wonderful combination of flavours. :)

                1. re: Morganna

                  I agree with you. If it tastes good, it tastes good- period

              2. Cremator hot dog at Rut's Hut, Clifton, NJ
                Chicharon, New Mex and Bolivia
                Soppapillas, New Mexico treat, Rocky Mountain oysters too
                Cod tongues and cheeks, Norway
                Clams, fish, and scallops in Maine
                Liha Pirraka at the train station in Helsinki
                Fish or crab cakes
                Pork and lamb chops

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  What is Liha Pirraka?

                  And to the poster below, though I live in Beantown I far prefer NY style zeppoli, unless we are referring to Zeppoli di san giuseppe at Modern Pastry in the North End which is an amazing confection that I have posted about several times.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    A lijha pirraka is kind of like a cruller dough filled w/ ground beef, rice & spice (allspice?) and deep fry it. Then cut open one end, it is the sze of an oblong Whopper, through in a couple of nakki (hot dogs) and your favorite condiments. Great after a night of Korskonkorva Vodka.
                    Hyvaa Ilta (good evening)

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      Now I REALLY want to go to Helsinki...

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Passa, you're hurting me! ;-) Ah, the kioski in the rail station and the wonders of liha piiraka! Plus, the magnificent Finnish mustard to cut the grease. Suberb!



                        1. re: cayjohan

                          When were you in Helsinke? For how long? We were there from '81-'86


                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            1981 to 1982, a little over a year, then again for awhile in 1987.

                            The fried makkara and pineapple sandwiches were heaven as well. Two a.m. on the Esplanadi, scarfing down fried sausage sandwiches by the harbor? Such a delicious food memory.

                            And grueling, since I would love the taste again!


                            1. re: cayjohan

                              Gee, maybe we were standing in line together. I belonged to Suomen Sauna Seura (The Finnish Sauna Society) Loved grilli makkara after sauna and dip in the frozen Baltic. I lived in Munkeniemi. What area did you?

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                I have share this link with you guys. It's the Helsinki Complaints Choir. Food-related part of this video: "Why is the 'Meter Pizza' only half a metre long?"

                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                  Yes, I've seen it, but thanks. The beginning and the end are the Helsinki Train Station, with I think, the Lija pirrakka kiosk in the background. A Metre Pizza is a a large pizza, theoretically a meter across, but in reality, only half a meter. The TV license lyric is about the yearly license, about a hundred bucks, that one paid to have ad-free TV. They knocked on the door in the evening to check if you had one, if not, took the TV.

                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    Kattyeyes, loved it! Thanks for sharing! Straight to the facebook. And the music is just grand. That's why the downtrodden need lovely fried kiosk food!


                                  2. re: Passadumkeg

                                    Passa, lived in Herttoniemi. And the market by the roundabout there had most spectacular tippaleivat (sort of like funnel cakes, but waaaay lighter and yeasty) for May Day. (Aaahh, with a glass of simaa!) Yet another great fried food from a country not especially tilted toward the vats of oil.

                                    I love your posts on Finnish foods. Keep them coming! Although it makes me feel oddly "home"sick.



                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                      I used to go to a large cavernous pub near Herrtoniemi; it was just behind the East German (!?) information office. Were you studying?

                                      The fried dough were "birds nests" I've forgotten the Finnish name, but light and airy.

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                        The word we used was "tippaleipa" and is was served especially at May Day.

                                        Yep, I was studying. Pity that my greatest memories were of the food! Then again, maybe not.


                                        Do you want the recipe I have?

                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                          got, it, have 3 Finnish cook books, but very rarely deep fry. What I do want to know is where a Finnish restaurant is w/in the US besides the UP. There used to be one in Thomaston, Me were a lot of Fins settled for quarrying.

                          2. re: StriperGuy

                            Those zeppoli di san giuseppe are cream-filled as opposed to "sfingi" which are ricotta based, right?.
                            Fried? hmmm ... I'll go with "atherina" (whitebait), squeeze of lemon, shake of salt on any hot summer day.

                        2. Lumpia. My sister in law is from the Phillipines and I was introduced to it at her house. Love it.

                          Also love hush puppies, zeppolis (New York style not that lump of dough you get in Boston), fried scallops, arancini as long as there are no peas in it and mozzarella sticks.

                          1. Churros filled with dulce de leche!
                            On the savoury front, calamari, potato croquettes, moquecas de camarao, Mexican tostadas

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                            1. re: Paula76

                              Paula, i'm with you on the churros...but i like mine plain, no filling.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Yummmmm Churros, def w/ dulce de leche, like from the cart in san jose, costa rica.... just about the best thing ever

                            2. Whole sparrow in Burma

                              The frame from the steamed grouper that we just finished - Singapore, Hong Kong, elsewhere

                              Adult beetles from the white grubs in SE Asia that mature and swarm every or every two years

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                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                Sam, the cat pictured in my avatar would like to know how to get to Colombia. You spoke directly to her heart with your fried whole sparrow suggestion. ;)

                                A few of my fave fried thangs:
                                arancine (me, too!)
                                calzone (local place that did this no longer does--what a shame!)
                                beer-battered Oreos
                                tempura-battered bananas
                                pizza fritte

                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                  eyes, I rarely eat deep fried so I remember the good ones. You, your cat (and what an honor), and I have to return to the remote parts of Burma. The kids were waving the goods on a stick (clamped, not skewered), my Burmese colleagues (best in the world) didn't want to stop or thought I wouldn't like them. Really delicious!!!

                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                    Me too, me too. And my cat too. Well, maybe she's too old but I'll eat her portion of sparrow. (Why do some people have problems with some birds but suck down turkey and chicken with abandon?) katty, please tell me that we're NOT going to have to eat beer-batter Oreos when we come see you this summer! I don't like sweets :)

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      <<(Why do some people have problems with some birds but suck down turkey and chicken with abandon?)>>
                                      Must be they don't all "taste like chicken!" ;)

                                      We don't make the Oreos at home--I had them at a brewing company in Amherst, MA about 10 years ago...but, as you can see, they are deeply ingrained in my memory.

                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                        Ho ho.

                                        Thank heavens you don't MAKE those Oreos. The thought of an Oreo in its original state sets my teeth on edge so fried? No.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          You can have a pass since you don't like sweets. But fried Oreos end up tasting like a warm brownie when done just right...the cookie melts within the crispy batter coating and tastes oh so good over ice cream. MOOOOOO!

                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                            Sounds awesomely repulsive to me, like the butter on doughnuts in that other thread. I'd try 'em!

                                              1. re: FoodChic

                                                DO NOT give kattyeyes ANY ideas! Please!

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  Thanks, tatamagouche. Where is bigfellow when I need him? He gets it, too:

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    As on Kattyeyes post: Deep Fried Mars Bars!!!! Any chippy in Scotland and here at selects eateries in the New World!

                                                2. re: FoodChic

                                                  foodchic, would you try a fried twinkie? i've never tried one, as i'm really not crazy about twinkies. but it might be *better* fried. ;-).

                                                  i've never tried a fried mars bar, either.

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Living in Texas we get exposed to all sorts of "treats." The Texas State Fair has fried Twinkies, Oreos, Chicken Fried Bacon, Fried Banana Split, Fried Grilled Cheese, and...well here see for yourself:

                                                    As you see the list goes on and on to neverending fried crap.

                                                    Anyway, there is a local arts festival in April that I love to attend downtown Fort Worth, but unfortunately the vendors bring in a lot of this stuff they pick up from the state fair. I've never been to the Texas State Fair, so long story short, yes, I've tried a fried twinkie. It was about 4 yrs ago at this arts festival and it was just plain gross.

                                                      1. re: FoodChic

                                                        The Rodeo is in Houston right now and they are deep frying everything that doesn't move! Every year it gets more outrageous than the year before. One place has even deep fried watermelon.

                                  2. Sesame Balls
                                    Fried Mozzarella Sticks
                                    Dill Pickles
                                    Chicken or Veggie Tempura

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                                    1. re: TampaAurora

                                      Does anyone eat (or make) fried dill pickles above the Mason-Dixon?

                                      1. re: chicgail

                                        probably not, but it's a shame!
                                        there are a few different styles: mainly, spear vs. chip (i prefer chip, because the spear gets too googly inside for my taste).
                                        then, there is the dipping sauce, which is usually of the ranch persuasion.

                                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                                          I've only ever seen the chips. I had some a couple weeks ago served w/ a creamy horseradish dip.

                                          But I never heard of them (or boiled peanuts) until moving to NC 12 yrs ago.

                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                            I concur! The spears just get oddly textured. I don't tend towards the ranch dip - I just eat em plain and tasty.

                                            Speaking of Southern Fried deliciousness - I can't get enough of corn fritters. Like a hushpuppy but better.

                                            1. re: TampaAurora

                                              Ooooh, I love corn fritters too. Are they a Southern food? I always thought they were Pennsylvania Dutch for some reason. Hmpf.

                                              1. re: lynnlato

                                                I was born and lived in Philly until a few days before my 7th Bday and don't remember having corn fritters until we moved to Florida at some fried fish dives. They were the highlight of any meal that had them!

                                                1. re: TampaAurora

                                                  Different people make corn fritters differently. I think the southern version is more like a hush puppy: round globs of batter dropped into hot fat to deep fry. My mom used to make her version of corn fritters, which I think was more like the PA Dutch version. We used to have them for dinner. Hers were more like a pancake, using cornmeal as well as flour. She took fresh corn off the cob & put that in the batter. Before she took it off the cob, she ran her knife down each row of kernals to slice them open & release the juice into the batter. Also used bacon grease in the batter (those were the days when everyone had a cup on their counter where they saved their bacon drippings). They were pan fried, like pancakes, but used a little more grease in the pan to make them crispier than a regular pancake. Served with syrup & butter. Sometimes served with a side of home made hash or with scrapple. They were such a treat that I never realized until years later that they were one of her ways to fill our bellies when a the pantry was bare & money was scarce.

                                                  1. re: PattiCakes

                                                    May have been modest fair, but sounds delicious. Think I might have to try to improvise your moms recipe this summer when corn is in season.

                                                    1. re: PattiCakes

                                                      Well done, Patticakes... you described my mom's corn fritters perfectly. Yum, corn milk! I've lived in NC for the past 12 years and haven't seen corn fritters anywhere here. 'Course I never saw them in restos in PA either. But ours were definitely more like pancakes and we ate them for dinner.

                                                      BTW, thanks to CH, I keep my bacon fat in a jar and use it often! :)

                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                        Thanks, Lynn! I think they are not resto food because they are basically a very humble thing. A fill-your-belly-when-times-are-lean food. And you need fresh corn. Tomato gravy (the cream kind, not my South Philly Italian friends' gravy) over toast and potato pancakes are in that same catagory. I thought they were great treats when I was a kid -- it never occured to me that it was an eat-on-the-cheap dinner. And I am now salivating uncontrolably.

                                                        1. re: PattiCakes

                                                          I still use a Joy of Cooking recipe.

                                                          Corn, sliced from the cob and then the back of the knife used to get out the kernel milk (1-2 ears)

                                                          one egg, divided...whites whipped
                                                          salt (usually Season Salt)

                                                          mix the yolk with the corn, blend in the really whipped whites, fry in oil or bacon grease.

                                                          If I'm forced, I might add a tsp or 2 of flour, but try and leave it out

                                                          made like a pancake, soft, light. Not like hush puppies, apple fritters clam/conch fritters,etc at all.

                                                          served with syrup at breakfast, salt and butter at other times

                                                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                            No flour, would not have thought... must be very light and fluffy.

                                                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                              Intersting. Sounds yummy. My mom's were more like corn pancakes, probably because she really wanted to fill us up. Used both white flour & a touch of corn meal to give a a bit of a grainy mouth feel.

                                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                That was what I assumed and had more in mind. I actually make a cornmeal pancake for breakfast and am imagining a version of that with fresh corn and corn milk added.

                                              2. re: chicgail

                                                Some pubs in Maine do. The Thirsty Whale fur sure.
                                                Does anyone below the Mason-Dixon make make or eat molasas brown bread aka Indian pudding?

                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                  as a bostonian in austin, i sure haven't seen it.

                                                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                    But you have the tortilleria at Fiesta Supermarket. I just lugged back hundreds of tortillas back from LV 10 days ago.
                                                    We may visit our daughter in Austin spring break.
                                                    Its been another rough winter here.

                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                      i guess that is the trade off-- indian pudding/brown bread --> tortillas.

                                                      speaking of pudding: i think fried corn pudding would be amazing!

                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                        Very good locally made tortillas can be had in Boston. Russos sells them, but you can even go by them from the factories, Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, I think there use to be one in JP.

                                                  2. re: chicgail

                                                    Anchor Food products, owned by Heinz and/or McCain has a mess of fried products available, including pickle spears.
                                                    Not a true 'homemade' item (prebattered, parfried), but any restaurant in US or Canada has access to them.
                                                    Underappreciated the more north you go, I think.

                                                    1. re: porker

                                                      Yeah, in Boston they were a rarity but now that I'm living in the Southwest again I see them far more often. They're on the Hooters menu, for one thing, as I know only because I was obliged to go for my first and last time recently with a friend—a gay male, which was the sweet part—who won a wings party.

                                                    2. re: chicgail

                                                      There's a restaurant in Jersey with a southern theme that serves the fried pickle chips, sadly it is the best thing on the menu.

                                                      1. re: chicgail

                                                        Yes, there's a local restaurant here in central Vermont that has them on the menu. River Run in Plainfield, VT. :)

                                                        1. re: chicgail

                                                          YES ; and my 3 grain coating comes from a stone mill in Tennessee

                                                          1. re: chicgail

                                                            I've had fried pickles in Michigan.

                                                            1. re: chicgail

                                                              they had them at the big e this year, right with the veggie tempura.... yummm

                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                LOVE The Big E--though my big thing there (besides riding the giant slide--WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!) is the apple flappen, speaking of deliciously fried thangs! Gotta go next year. I missed the past couple of years.

                                                                P.S. The Big E (for everyone else) is a multistate fair for New England states.

                                                              2. re: chicgail

                                                                I had them in a pub in Saint John, New Brunswick a couple of summers ago, spears, not chips.

                                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                                  I love fried dill pickles! Spears of course...easier to dip in my opinion. I have yet to find a quality place in the Chicago area but always on the look out.

                                                                  1. re: chicgail

                                                                    I just had some last night in Detroit.

                                                                2. plantains (tostones)
                                                                  sardinhas fritas (fried in olive oil)
                                                                  malasadas (portuguese-hawaiian donuts)

                                                                  1. I'm not so much a sweet guy, so can't really appreciate a sweet thang, fried or otherwise.

                                                                    I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of the tastiest things I've ever had (along the lines of Passadumkeg's chicharon) is Yucatec kastacan - fried pork belly.
                                                                    To me, its simply one of the best thangs EVER, it just happens to be fried, falling under this category.

                                                                    Mention kastacan to any ex-pat Yucateco and they get a far-away, dreamy look in their eye. I feel the same way............gotta get back.......soon......

                                                                    1. The "Quickie," a wheat-battered hot dog on a stick they used to serve in my mom's home town. Sadly no longer there.
                                                                      Thai taro cakes
                                                                      Vietnamese sweet potatoes and shrimp
                                                                      My mom's fried chicken
                                                                      Malaysian curry puffs
                                                                      My best (Argentinian) friend's chicken empanadas
                                                                      Perfect falafel (the equal of which I've still never found from a cart that used to be at the corner of 55th and 5th in NYC when I was in high school)

                                                                      But No. 1, no question, is perfect french fries. My favorite taste ever.

                                                                      1. Where to begin? I so love fried foods.

                                                                        Mum's Korean eggrolls
                                                                        Southern fried chicken
                                                                        Langos (Hungarian fried bread)
                                                                        Portuguese fried dough
                                                                        Polish donuts Packzi?
                                                                        MIng's Fried banana in spicy sauce
                                                                        Anything fried by MIng
                                                                        Fritto Misto, and Roman fried artichokes
                                                                        Fried ice cream
                                                                        Yes yes yes to hushpuppies
                                                                        Another resounding yes to zeppole di San Giuseppe
                                                                        Shrimp Rissois
                                                                        Fried hunks of bacon (we have a local butcher who does this on a regular basis)

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                                                                        1. re: moh

                                                                          Oops, forgot Churros.... silly me.

                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                            is the bacon battered or dredged in something first?

                                                                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                              I don't know about what moh is talking about, but my daughter recently had some chicken fried bacon! Yes, like a chicken fried steak, but it was bacon. Said it was good but she could only eat one piece.

                                                                              1. re: danhole

                                                                                we have that here in texas, and the media loves to do stories on it!
                                                                                actually, we have chicken-fried everything here in texas, pretty much.
                                                                                i am eating chicken-fried chicken as i type this (i kid you not).
                                                                                i have also enjoyed a chicken-fried portobella.

                                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                  Silly dina - where do you think we live? In Texas, of course!

                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                    oh, der, i should have known!
                                                                                    now pass the fried pickles, please...

                                                                              2. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                dinaofdoom, here is a link to my report on the deep-fried bacon, with a few pictures:


                                                                                It is insanely good.

                                                                                Oh dear, I can't believe I didn't include Uglesich's soft shell crab po-boy on my fried foods list! Fried oysters, fried clams, fried scallop, fish and chips... all so good.

                                                                            2. the *best* fried thing i ever ate was a deep fried fresh florida lobster caught and cooked by my nephew.

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                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                Oh, gawd, that sounds soooo good.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  I do fried fl. lobster quite a bit, coconut batter then dip in plum sauce OMG. Also beer batter w/cajun seasonigs.
                                                                                  Oysters wraped in parcooked bacon, hold in place w/ a toothpick, sprinkle w/ Redneck Pepper (they have a website) then deepfry. Off the chain!
                                                                                  Another fav. Low and Slow B.B.Q. in Cocoa Beach slices jalapenos in rings, batters them and fries them, served w/ hoarsy ranch dip, wow!

                                                                                  1. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                    coconut batter? please 'splain, big d!

                                                                                    1. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                      oh thoise sound heavenly! Yeah, we need the recipe!

                                                                                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                        Ok here 'tis heat peanut oil to 350 d. wisk 1cup ea. of beer and bisquick till smooth. Cut lobster tail into pieces ('bout 2 bites ea.) Dip into batter and shake off excess. Dredge into 1 cup of fresh grated coconut, or store bought flaked if un avail. drop in oil for about 60 to 90 sec. Drain, salt if desired. Serve w / Plum sauce. Which is found in oreintal section of most markets. I like to saute a little minced jalapeno, then add the plum sauce and 3 or 4 tbs orange marmalade and serve warm.

                                                                                        1. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                          Any time you feel like frying up a batch of that lobster and need some help eating it you let us know.

                                                                                          Certainly sounds like a strong contender for "best fried thang."

                                                                                          The Cocoa beach slices don't sound bad either.

                                                                                        2. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                          Sounds awesome, what's a cocoa beach slice?

                                                                                          1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                            Sorry, Low and Slow B.B.Q in Cocoa Beach. Slices jalapeno into rings, and fries them in batter I think its just egg wash and seasoned flour. then fries them until golden, Served w/ that awesome hoarsy ranch dip!

                                                                                      2. Vietnamese spring rolls made by my neighbors mother;sweet potatoe chips;sweet potatoe tempura;the coconut shrimp and doughnut hole fritters made by a catering friend

                                                                                        1. Fresh fried pork skin from a Berkshire pig . . . still warm when served
                                                                                          Cajun fried turkey
                                                                                          Beignet from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans
                                                                                          Shrimp Tempura from defunct japanese restaurant in Houston

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                                                                                          1. re: danhole

                                                                                            Where are all of you Southerners? Nothin' better'n a Calabash Buffet. A yearly indulgence while on vacation in NC. Fried EVERYTHING: chicken, seafood, but best of all fried okra and hush puppies. All washed down with sweet tea. Can you spell "clogged arteries"??

                                                                                            1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                              "Can you spell "clogged arteries"??"

                                                                                              Yes, Patti, I can, which is why my list is short and everything on it are not on my regular diet! I love all the things you mention, but refrain! Hard, but must do it!

                                                                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                2nd the okra. It's the perfect hangover food!

                                                                                            2. If there can only be one best fried thang evar, my vote would go to lechon kawali, a.k.a. deep-fried pork belly. The crunchy skins and exterior gives way to a layer of creamy fat and beneath that, tender meat.

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                                                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                  Now I know what FOOD PORN looks like!, I'm drooling ala Homer Simpson:-)

                                                                                                2. Cajun Pistols. I had them at the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge Louisiana and they were great. Basically a stuffed crawfish beignet.

                                                                                                  1. My own fried eggplant- nothing else comes close! But if I had to choose something it would be cracklins that were just out of the fryer at some old grocery store in south Louisiana somewhere. There is a reason that they are called CRACKlins...

                                                                                                    1. Fried chicken
                                                                                                      Fried okra
                                                                                                      Fried oysters and shrimp
                                                                                                      Fried green tomatoes

                                                                                                      1. Piroshki, specifically from the now defunct 'House of Piroshki' in San Francisco.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                          Ochen horroshow! Very good. Was just thinking about making some this past weknd.

                                                                                                          1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                            Are piroshki always deep fried? I thought they were a steamed or baked thing. Is a pierogie the same thing as a piroshki? confused.... adam

                                                                                                            1. re: adamshoe

                                                                                                              no, not usually deep fried. They are not unlike ravioli, so are usually boiled, then sauted in lots of butter with onions. You see them deep fried at state fairs, local ball parks & such -- probably have made their way into bars as well. They are a lot easier to eat as finger food when they are fried.

                                                                                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                Actually, I'm speaking of the Russian Piroshki, not pierogi, which is often fried:

                                                                                                                Here are a few pictures


                                                                                                                Now I'm hungry!

                                                                                                                1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                  Thanks!!! Gotta love that good ol' Slavic food!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                    Melanie I am reporting this post as TOTALLY UNFAIR and MEAN! YOU ARE A BIG MEANIE!!! ;op
                                                                                                                    oh dear sweet baby jesus I LOVE those things. My very sweet Ukrainian girlfriend (the same one that made me pielmeni) would bring these in for me and they are just so amazing. I'm not mad at you, but you totally hurt my feelings...........

                                                                                                                    1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                      Baccone Dolce! I'm so sorry! I am mean and I am clearly a masochist as well. I think I drooled all over my computer when I was searching for those pictures. Good piroshkis really are amazing aren't they??

                                                                                                                      1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                        You can get a pielmieni press on line. makes it a lot faster. grew up on them. Ate them in USSR and Helsinkin too. Russian fried ravioli!

                                                                                                            2. lumpia
                                                                                                              vietnamese spring rolls
                                                                                                              butterlied shrimp-tempura , tempura period!
                                                                                                              fried chicken

                                                                                                              1. Fried yucca, particularly that from Rincon Limeno in Boston..
                                                                                                                Pasteis de Bacalhao, can't remember the shop near a train station in Lisbon, Portugal.
                                                                                                                Fried clams, anyplace!

                                                                                                                1. at the risk of being pigeon holed: battered deep fried haggis. Yum.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                      Good one. Are you on the lamb again?

                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                        "No", she replied sheepishly.

                                                                                                                        Are you getting MORE snow this week? When will it ever end! How about a deep fried snow pie?

                                                                                                                        1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                          Get the flock out of here!
                                                                                                                          Yes, another 3" of snow tomorrow. Susan's Fish and chips has deep fried ice cream and if you bring in your own freshly caught fish will deep fry it for 5 bucks.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                            Patti & Passa, you kids are the worst/best. Made me chuckle and I'm here by myself which normal humans might feel less normal about.

                                                                                                                  1. incidentally, deep fried pigeon is pretty good too!

                                                                                                                    1. Besides the obvious (onion rings, fries, etc)...


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                                                                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                        Oh gawd, deep-fried cauliflower, on a stick, at a Renaissance Festival in Kansas City, MO...Well, outside the city,Bonner Springs, but you get the idea....

                                                                                                                      2. We were at a casual wedding last year just outside of Virginia Beach. The groom to be and his dad had caught a huge tuna that week, and part of the rehearsal dinner picnic was chunks of that tuna wrapped in bacon and deep fried. When boyfriend commented on how good it was, the best man, who was also the cook, drawled, "Well , you could take a turd, wrap it in bacon and deep fry it, it's gonna taste pretty good." Which is one of my all time favorite food commentaries.....

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                                                                                                                        1. re: mtngirlnv

                                                                                                                          On the other hand, Will Rogers said, "Well, yuh cain't shine a turd!". But this applies to the Social dilemna" and "You can't be my friend" threads.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                            Didn't Will Rogers also say, "I never met a beer I didn't like?"

                                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                              Yes to both, and because of (or in spite of??) the beer, we became best friends with everyone.

                                                                                                                        2. In order, and with a bias:

                                                                                                                          1. Fried Clams with bellies
                                                                                                                          2. Clam Fritters
                                                                                                                          3. Conch Fritters
                                                                                                                          4. Hush puppies
                                                                                                                          5. (if you can afford it and dare to "waste" it this way): Lobster -especially tails - sliced and dipped in an oniony tempura batter.
                                                                                                                          6. Dim Sum
                                                                                                                          7. Pierogies.onion,garlic and potato. with or without cheese

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                                                                                                                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                            Beaver tails! (Or I guess they're called elephant ears some places?) SO yummy.

                                                                                                                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                              I live in Massachusetts myself and we have some pretty awesome fried clams around here... the season is almost upon us, YUM!

                                                                                                                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                fried clams are totally awesome, and it makes me so sad that i just can't get them here (done well) in austin.
                                                                                                                                see also the thread on strips vs. bellies (i am def. a belly girl).

                                                                                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                                  Strips vs. bellies have oft been discussed on the Boston board. General consensus is that strips are not real fried clams but fried-clams-lite for the wimpy.

                                                                                                                                  The bigger debate here is big bellies vs. small. I will confess to once or twice having bellies that were so big, and perhaps a bit undercooked, that even I got a little squeemed-out.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                    i like 'em all as long as they are cooked right!
                                                                                                                                    god, i miss them...

                                                                                                                                2. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                  I saw a man digging a clam flat 4 hrs ago on my drive home from school!
                                                                                                                                  I dig them during the summer or buy them cheaply from my students.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                    sheesh.........Am I jealous? Damn straight!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                      But look on the bright side. You have cheese steaks, scrapple, soft pretzels, apple butter and shoo fly pie. Wicked good stuff, Cappy. :0)

                                                                                                                                      ps Just to rub it in, I buy soft shell clams for a buck a pound.

                                                                                                                                      "Where do all the hippest meet? South Street, South Street."
                                                                                                                                      The Orlons
                                                                                                                                      "I don't want no hamburger, I don't want no Spam.
                                                                                                                                      I don't care if it's steamed or fried,
                                                                                                                                      Just give me a BIG FRIGGIN' CLAM!"
                                                                                                                                      The Wicked Good Band

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        I can tell that the school year is starting to wear on you, Pass. Your brain is exploding with way funny stuff!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                          On the Maine Exiles site above, check out the web cams if Acadia Nat'l Pk where we live and the lobster trap where we don't.

                                                                                                                                          Deep fried Snickers.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                            Not sure where I saw this -- might have been food channel or the travel channel -- but there is a place in NY that started out has a home away from home for Brits who wanted (fried) fish 'n chips. One thing led to another, and now they specialize in everyhthing fried. The whole segment was about the various things that they tried that worked, and are resto faves, and others that didn't because they just melted into a pile of fried goo. Among the menu items are fried Snickers (and other candy bars) , fried Twinkies, and the ever-popular fried Oreos. Wish I could remenber the name of the place.........

                                                                                                                                            1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                              I remember that! It was called the Park Slope Chip Shop, I believe: http://www.chipshopnyc.com/

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                                                Thanks!!! I was waiting for them to deep fry cocktails.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                          Ah..........but the good news! No Snow, croci coming out, weird new spring birds at the feeder.......and lots of winter sticks to pick up! Thank Gawd i have a Barbados tan from several weeks visiting my son to help tide me over while I pick all those damn sticks up before the grass starts. Alas, still not a fried clam in sight! (But had some great codfish cakes in Barbados!.and the rum was almost as cheap as Coca-Cola!)

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        I guess clams can even be dug in Mass. this time of year. I just associate fried clams with summer.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                        Yes, start up the deep fryer I will be out on Cape Cod this summer, fried cod, clams, calamari, popcorn oysters and cold beer, Life is good!

                                                                                                                                    2. fish and chips fresh from the docks in hobart melbourne or sydney is pretty sublime, the fish is so fresh and the thick chips are sprinkled with salt and vinegar or "chicken salt" mmm many a childhood memory at the local fish and chippie, also calamari with tartar sauce is the other fried food i can eat but again only from a fish shop on the docks it just adds to the whole expierience and thus for me makes it the best fried thang ever

                                                                                                                                      1. had a first the other night..........Kimchi Kare-age. Yes, thats battered and fried Kimchi. Yes its unforgettably delicious. cant stop thinking about it, 2 days later.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                          This was the first thing that came to mind for me -- but only as a fantasy! How was it done? What was the batter made from? Cabbage kimchi? Oh. My. Goodness. I must have some.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Whippet

                                                                                                                                            Yes it was cabbage, and thankfully they only used the crunchy ribs of the cabbage, held up well to the frying. The batter was like a lighter version that they would use on chicken, mainly if not fully rice flour with a really nice curry flavor in the batter. The Kimchi itself almost seems to get spicier this way......perfect!!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                              I looove deep fried kim chee! I used to always eat it at my local korean restaurant. But deep fried broccoli and calamari (w/ a garlic aoli) are my favorite fried foods, ever

                                                                                                                                        2. Polori (also spelled poloughrie) , Trini fritters made from chickpea flour and doused with pickled tamarind sauce.

                                                                                                                                          Of course, you could stick your finger in the pickled tamarind sauce and it would taste good.

                                                                                                                                          But I find these hard to make right.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                            How could I have forgotten felafel!

                                                                                                                                          2. RELLENO DE PAPA - stuffed potato ball. You wrap mashed potatos (thickened with a little flour) around a seasoned spicy meatball and drop in hot oil until golden brown, you go from crunchy to soft to spicy meat.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpaumer

                                                                                                                                              stuffed potatos! yum yum yum

                                                                                                                                              anytime I'm in Tampa I seek out the closest Cuban restaurant for one of these!

                                                                                                                                            2. Whole belly clams
                                                                                                                                              Real Spudnuts
                                                                                                                                              The fries at Geno's in South Philly
                                                                                                                                              Vikings (batter dipped and deep fried swedish meatballs)
                                                                                                                                              Steak fingers and gizzards at Lucky Wishbone in Tucson, AZ
                                                                                                                                              The fried apple pies at KFC, beleive it or not!

                                                                                                                                              1. I have to choose only one? That's like having to choose your favorite child.

                                                                                                                                                Dosas (not deep fried but does uses lots of ghee/oil)
                                                                                                                                                Mini samosas
                                                                                                                                                matchstick fries
                                                                                                                                                zeppole (don't know how it compares to the "best" but the ones I had at Quarto in Chicago were pretty darn good)
                                                                                                                                                spicy tuna on crispy rice (why oh why is this only available in L.A.??)
                                                                                                                                                funnel cakes

                                                                                                                                                Best unique dish goes to french toast at Em Le's in Carmel, CA. Swear they must be using funnel cake batter to deep fry the bread!!


                                                                                                                                                1. My vote is for soft shell crab, onion rings, okra, the deep fried poboy sandwich appetizer at Jacque Imos, oreos, beignets, sweet potato fries, jalapeno poppers, hush puppies, boudin balls

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roro1831

                                                                                                                                                    How the hell did I forget soft shell crab! Ate a dozen in Oct.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                      how could you not include them in all things tempura,shame

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                        How did I miss it? Soft shell crab sandwich on the south Jersey shore, It's been over 20 years, memories, memories.

                                                                                                                                                  2. This is a bit of an embarrassment, but I'd have to say the fried cheesecake with home made blueberry and hot fudge sauces that I had 2 summers ago in Maine.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                      I'll share a piece of that shame. Sounds fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                    2. I will add one, my family used to have a donut recipe that my dad got from a youth hostel owner in Vermont, for plain donuts, deep fried in lard. The recipe was very simple, I guess I have to try to recreate it. I cooked these myself on 2-3 occasions as a 13 or 14 year old. Basic donut dough, a tough of nutmeg, nice fry job. They were amazing. Along with the lost hot and sour soup of my favorite Chinese restaurant of my youth one of the lost foods I long for.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I would have to go with the deep-fried, cheese-stuffed cheeseburger made from bacon:

                                                                                                                                                        Absent that delicacy I would nominate the deep fried bacon, cheese and beer dog:

                                                                                                                                                        Eat these in close proximity to a hospital and you stand a chance of surviving.

                                                                                                                                                        1. best fried calamari i've ever had was, surprisingly, at a little Italian restaurant in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. the name of the place escapes me now - it was back in the early 90's. perfectly battered & fried every time, with a simple, chunky sauce of fresh tomatoes and herbs, and plenty of garlic. we used to go there just for the calamari.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Fried camembert open-faced sandwich at the Danish Food Centre in Toronto (now defunct) years ago - 1/4 Danish camembert, floured/egged/crumbed, deep fried and served with thickly sliced toasted and buttered good white bread, berry preserves, cheese to be cut and bashed onto the buttered and jammed toast, and eaten as soon as possible scorching hot. A leaf of Boston lettuce on the side for the vitamins.

                                                                                                                                                            1. "Do we have monkeys in Scotland? Good God, no, but if we did, we'd deep fry them". Nicholas in The Last King of Scotland.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                Check out Scottish fried delights - cheeseburgers, pizza, sweets - on FXCuisine, a swell blog.

                                                                                                                                                                1. forgive me if someone has mentioned this, but this is a dirty secret I dont even tell the SO about:

                                                                                                                                                                  fried PB&J. Make the sandwich so that there is a 1/2" bread only ring around the outside and crimp it together(btw, through many a trial and error, you should aim for a slightly higher than normal filling to bread ratio, and leaning towards the PeanutButter side....maybe 60-40) butter the outside of both slices of bread and stick as many tortilla chip crumbs that you can(try to find a lime flavored chip, it lends a nice Thai flavor to the sandwich) and either go full monty and deep fry it or pan fry it(youll need the oil to come atleast half way up the sandwich, or it wont quite crisp up enough).

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                    nkeane, I'd eat one of those in a flash if you made it for me; but aren't you the one who would make an excuse and leave if served processed food? I don't use ikons, but if I did, imagine a friggin' sideways smile face here.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                      nkeane, it's not enough you wanted to share your dirty little secret but "the full monty"...I can only think of the movie and imagine that you're fryin' up your PBJ commando! HA HA HA HA HA! Still laughing! HA HA HA HA HA!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                        full monty frying? that could be dangerous! no, that IS dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, remember Gordon Ramsey's, um, incident? BTW, I do NOT at all suggest that GR's thang is the best fried thang ever!

                                                                                                                                                                          I'll stick with deep fried Oreos and the rest of my previously stated list, thank you! ;)

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                        You are truly a sick person. and I like that!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                          And *I* thought I was revealing a dirty secret just because I like to put potato chips on sandwiches. I'm clearly not in this league. Fried PBJ?!?!?!? With crushed tortilla chips? And, oh yeah, make sure you get your ratio correct! Laugh out loud. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I can't believe no one mentioned this but a Monte Cristo is a mighty fine fried treat

                                                                                                                                                                          1. fish and chips in St. John's Newfoundland, made with fish straight off the dock, and thick cut fries.

                                                                                                                                                                            I had the best calamari i've ever eaten in a little Italian place in PEI.

                                                                                                                                                                            Jalapeno poppers with cream cheese...definite guilty pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                            sweet potato tempura, and I actually liked the deep fried tofu I recently had in a sushi joint.

                                                                                                                                                                            deep fried pickles.

                                                                                                                                                                            i'm not one for sweets, but I do like funnel cake. I also once ate a deep fried mars bar, and while it wasn't bad, I don't really need to have another.

                                                                                                                                                                            EDIT: how'd I forget potato chips, doritos, fritos etc etc.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Conch fritters!! Have had them many places, but Porky's in Marathon,FL makes them the best. Not greasy, just the right ratio of conch/fritter. Goes great with an ice cold beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Luvfriedokra

                                                                                                                                                                                Surprisingly, some of the best conch fritters I ever had was at the
                                                                                                                                                                                Key West FL airport!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                  Those are pretty good, forgot about them. How bout conch fritters cooked by the Bahamain Church women @ the Delray Affair in Delray Beach Fl. Those are in the top 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                  How bout what i call Texas Tornadoes? Split a beef hot dog half way thru stuff w/ queso fresco. wrap w/ parcooked bacon sprinkle w/ cayenne pepper then deep fry bout 4 min. Whats a fat man to do?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                                                                                                                    Where did you have a Texas Tornado? I never heard of that, but did have something similar in Chicago called a francheezie, but not sure it was deep fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                      There not on any menu I know of, I dont think the American Medical Asn. would approve. My bud own's the Grumpy Grouper Grill in south Fl. and one rainy afternoon (alcohol was involved) for some reason the cook wasnt there. Well I wound up in the kitchen, and rest is history. Yes we did deep fry them but there great on the grill as well, even though this is A fry blog. Just cook them indirectly. Oh ya throw on some hoarseradish mixed w/ sourcream and mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bigdnotemeril

                                                                                                                                                                                        ROFL! I don't think the AMA would approve of anything on this thread! I believe the horseradish mixed w/ sour cream and mayo puts this over the top!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Driving back from Donegal about three years ago, my friends and I stopped in the town of Killybegs, the largest fishing port in Ireland, and were fortunate enough to snag that day's Halibut at a dockside seller's stand. We brought it back to our hostel, dredged it in leftover "pancake" mix we'd been carrying, dipped it in egg and then into crumbs, and fried the lot. OMG we still talk about that fish to this day.

                                                                                                                                                                                No other fried fish will ever compare.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband's Scottish grandmothner used to say: "Hunger is the best sauce".

                                                                                                                                                                                2. This may not necessarily be the best fried thing *ever*, but for my personal nostalgia + taste, my mother's version of mozzarella sticks can't be beat. We called them string cheese rolls—string cheese sticks cut in half, wrapped in spring roll shells, then deep fried in a pot of vegetable oil until the shells turned a crispy-crackly golden brown and melted cheese started oozing out the ends. Dip the piping hot string cheese rolls in a bowl of fresh spicy pico de gallo... talk about heart-cloggingly delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Fried pickles, have to get em every time I see them...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. As I haven't read the list in a while, not sure if spedini is on there or not, but just had some the other night and forgot how good it was

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Either calamari or breaded mushrooms stuffed with chicken liver pate.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm going to have to say fried ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm gonna say an apple fritter. Not one of those dough balls that can double as a door stop. One with lots of nooks, crannies and crispy horns mixed with pillowy soft interior. Each bite gooshing with just sweet enough cinnamon sugar apples. All this dunked in a thin sugar coating. When you bite into it, it snaps, then crunchycrackles and then oozes.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I also love a perfectly fried piece of fish. One that is supremely crunchy, not a hint of too much batter and has been fried in perfectly seasoned oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                            corn meal encrusted fresh fried okra... doused with vinegar pepper sauce. I could eat a bowlful bigger than my ever expanding rump.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Chicken Gizzards might have to my fav. I love the texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JanPrimus

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not only my favorite fried thing to eat, but my favorite overall thing to eat is an authentic "Newark Style Italian Hot Dog". This is a regional specialty that was invented in Newark New Jersey in 1932 by James Raccioppi. It is an all beef hot dog (2 dogs for the more common double) that has been deep fried or sauteed along with peppers, potatoes, and onions. This concoction is put in pizza bread, which is Italian bread shaped liked a pita and baked in a pizza oven.