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Fried Pickles Everywhere: An Eater Guide

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Maybe this is too many viewings of Portlandia talking, but it seems like pickles and pickling are having a moment. And fried pickles, once found primarily at state fairs, are now a staple menu item. Crispy, salty, sour and greasy, they're a bar food favorite. So click through to the map for 13 spots around town where you can get your fried pickle fix. And in case you have a preference, both fried sliced pickle chips and fried pickle spears are represented.
— Adele Chapin

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Pinch

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Laidback Columbia Heights restaurant The Pinch gets fancy with its fried pickle app: pretzel-crusted pickle spears, paired with horseradish mustard for dipping.

Instead of regular ol' pickles, Scion tops its namesake burger with sliced fried pickles. You can get fried pickles paired with ranch dressing as a starter too, or on special during the restaurant's happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Standard

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When the weather warms up, grab a picnic table and an order of half-sour fried pickles at this outdoor beer garden on 14th Street. Standard is set to open again for 2013 on March 1.

The Wonderland Ballroom

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Wonderland Ballroom specializes in fried pickles of the speared variety, served with a housemade ranch.

Southside 815

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Here's what goes into Southside 815's southern fried pickles: the bread and butter pickles are pickled in-house, then sliced, flash fried in southern breading, then paired with housemade remoulade sauce.

DC9's fried pickle chips are thinly sliced and served plenty of housemade ranch on the side.

Del Ray Pizzeria

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You won't find them on the menu, but in-the-know fried pickle lovers ask for frickles with remoulade sauce as an appetizer at Del Ray Pizzeria. Fried pickles also top the restaurant's cajun-rubbed blackened burger.

Continental Modern Pool Lounge

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Fried pickles at Rosslyn hangout Continental are often discounted for happy hour.

Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

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Capitol Hill's Tune Inn is a shrine to all things fried, so of course fried pickles are on the menu here. The pickle spears are coated with the restaurant's special beer batter, fried and dished out with salsa ranch dressing.

Spider Kelly's

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Spider Kelly's lengthy list of appetizers includes thinly sliced, super crispy fried pickles with a buttermilk ranch sauce on the side.

Old Glory

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Need some spice with your fried pickles? The crispy frickles at barbecue restaurant Old Glory in Georgetown are a mix of both dill pickles and bread and butter pickles with jalapeños. The frickles are fried with cornmeal buttermilk batter, and served with horseradish sauce.

Boundary Stone Public House

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At this neighborhood pub in Bloomingdale, the pickles spears are fried tempura-style, and paired with a dill aioli.

Order a basket of flaky sliced fried pickles at upscale hot dog joint DC3 on Barracks Row, with "secret sauce" for dipping. OK, the secret is all the major condiments - mustard, mayo, relish, and ketchup - mixed together.

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The Pinch

Laidback Columbia Heights restaurant The Pinch gets fancy with its fried pickle app: pretzel-crusted pickle spears, paired with horseradish mustard for dipping.

Scion

Instead of regular ol' pickles, Scion tops its namesake burger with sliced fried pickles. You can get fried pickles paired with ranch dressing as a starter too, or on special during the restaurant's happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Standard

When the weather warms up, grab a picnic table and an order of half-sour fried pickles at this outdoor beer garden on 14th Street. Standard is set to open again for 2013 on March 1.

The Wonderland Ballroom

Wonderland Ballroom specializes in fried pickles of the speared variety, served with a housemade ranch.

Southside 815

Here's what goes into Southside 815's southern fried pickles: the bread and butter pickles are pickled in-house, then sliced, flash fried in southern breading, then paired with housemade remoulade sauce.

DC9

DC9's fried pickle chips are thinly sliced and served plenty of housemade ranch on the side.

Del Ray Pizzeria

You won't find them on the menu, but in-the-know fried pickle lovers ask for frickles with remoulade sauce as an appetizer at Del Ray Pizzeria. Fried pickles also top the restaurant's cajun-rubbed blackened burger.

Continental Modern Pool Lounge

Fried pickles at Rosslyn hangout Continental are often discounted for happy hour.

Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

Capitol Hill's Tune Inn is a shrine to all things fried, so of course fried pickles are on the menu here. The pickle spears are coated with the restaurant's special beer batter, fried and dished out with salsa ranch dressing.

Spider Kelly's

Spider Kelly's lengthy list of appetizers includes thinly sliced, super crispy fried pickles with a buttermilk ranch sauce on the side.

Old Glory

Need some spice with your fried pickles? The crispy frickles at barbecue restaurant Old Glory in Georgetown are a mix of both dill pickles and bread and butter pickles with jalapeños. The frickles are fried with cornmeal buttermilk batter, and served with horseradish sauce.

Boundary Stone Public House

At this neighborhood pub in Bloomingdale, the pickles spears are fried tempura-style, and paired with a dill aioli.

DC-3

Order a basket of flaky sliced fried pickles at upscale hot dog joint DC3 on Barracks Row, with "secret sauce" for dipping. OK, the secret is all the major condiments - mustard, mayo, relish, and ketchup - mixed together.

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