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Mr. Pete's fried zucchini

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I lived in San Clemente in the late 70's and my whole family still talks about Mr. Pete's fried zucchini. Nice long sticks (not the round things you sometimes get when their cut the "wrong" way). A lot of corn meal was used. filled a big bad for not much money. I think Mr. Pete's is still in SC, but it sure must be under different ownership by now.

Does anybody know if Mr. Pete's fried zucchini is still as good as I remember? OR where I can find something like it? No limitation on location.

Other Chowhounds have said Farmer Brothers is good for fried zucchini.

I'm making my mouth water so I'll stop.

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  1. Farmer Boys serves a fried zucchini close to what you describe. (There's a picture of the fried zucchini on the menu link). Onion rings are excellent too.

    Link: http://www.farmerboys.com/pdf_docs/4-...

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    1. re: K

      Is the LA location (on Alameda) recommended as well? Are the franchises pretty consistent?

      1. re: j~

        The downtown LA location on Alameda/7th is the on Farmer Boys I've ever been to. Like I said...get the onion rings too.

    2. Wow - I thought I was the only one... Love Mr. Pete's zucchini. They are still in SC - . Would also love to know other good ones like that exist. If I could have only two fried things for the rest of my life they would be Mr. Pete's Zucchini and A's Burgers onion rings.

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      1. re: 1000steps

        Most of the time an order of fried zucchini was the only thing I'd order.. Just as good as I remember from the 70's?

        The only bad thing about Mr. Pete's is that I'm always disappointed by any other fried zucchini!!

        If so, I may make a point of dropping by one day soon.

      2. IMO Tops in Pasadena (AKA, T-Burgers in Monrovia) makes the best deep fried zucchini around here. Long slices and the batter is golden brown – never falls off. The “Large” size is very large and the small is like a small shoe box full.

        I don’t think I have been to Mr. Pete’s but I recall a place in San Clemente just off the freeway that makes some good deep fried zucchini. The owner told me that people drive up from San Diego for their zucchini. He also has some good soft-serve ice cream. Legend and a old news paper story tell of a day that Nixon’s helicopter (Nixon not on Board) once landed nearby (rural area then) just so Secret Service could grab some deep fried zucchini. I tried it and I think it is about the same as Tops – very good.

        Tops (Pastrami dip, Beef Dip, Tostada Salad – Chicken or steak, Gyro, Pastrami & egg breakfast burrito)
        3838 E Colorado Blvd
        Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
        (626) 449-4412
        http://www.topsburger.com/home.html

        Tops Drive (Pastrami dip, Beef Dip, Tostada Salad – Chicken or steak, Gyro, Pastrami & egg breakfast burrito) 1792 E Walnut St
        Pasadena, CA 91106-1618
        (626) 584-0244
        http://www.topsburger.com/home.html

        T Burgers (Pastrami dip, Beef Dip, Tostada Salad – Chicken or steak, Gyro, Breakfast, Try Pastrami & egg breakfast burrito
        )226 W. Foothill Blvd.
        Monrovia. CA
        (626) 357-4844
        http://www.topsburger.com/home.html

        1. They exist!!! Mr. Pete's is in the same location in SC. I love the zucchini too and the pastrami burger - I thought it was going to be "too much" but wow! Loved it - we try to go down a couple of times a year, it is delicious.

          1. We also used to get Mr Pete's zucchini in the 70's...so, so good! If you are ever in Manhattan Beach, The Kettle makes excellent fried zucchini sticks...big and thick served with both blue cheese and ranch...now my mouth is watering!!