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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.

1. The Pinch

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3548 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 722-4440
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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.

2. Scion

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2100 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 833-8899
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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.

3. Standard

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1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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.

4. The Wonderland Ballroom

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1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 232-5263
Wonderland Ballroom specializes in fried pickles of the speared variety, served with a housemade ranch.

5. Southside 815

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815 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-6222
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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.
1940 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 483-5000
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DC9's fried pickle chips are thinly sliced and served plenty of housemade ranch on the side.

7. Del Ray Pizzeria

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2218 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 549-2999
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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.

8. Continental Modern Pool Lounge

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1911 N. Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 465-7675
Fried pickles at Rosslyn hangout Continental are often discounted for happy hour.

9. Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

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331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-2725
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.

10. Spider Kelly's

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3181 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 312-8888
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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.

11. Old Glory

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3139 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-3406
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.

12. Boundary Stone Public House

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116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-6635
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At this neighborhood pub in Bloomingdale, the pickles spears are fried tempura-style, and paired with a dill aioli.

13. DC-3

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423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-1935
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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1. The Pinch

3548 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Laidback Columbia Heights restaurant The Pinch gets fancy with its fried pickle app: pretzel-crusted pickle spears, paired with horseradish mustard for dipping.
3548 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Scion

2100 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20037
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.
2100 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

3. Standard

1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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.
1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. The Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Wonderland Ballroom specializes in fried pickles of the speared variety, served with a housemade ranch.
1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010

5. Southside 815

815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
815 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. DC9

1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
DC9's fried pickle chips are thinly sliced and served plenty of housemade ranch on the side.
1940 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Del Ray Pizzeria

2218 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
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.
2218 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

8. Continental Modern Pool Lounge

1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209
Fried pickles at Rosslyn hangout Continental are often discounted for happy hour.
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209

9. Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar

331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
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.
331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Spider Kelly's

3181 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Spider Kelly's lengthy list of appetizers includes thinly sliced, super crispy fried pickles with a buttermilk ranch sauce on the side.
3181 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Old Glory

3139 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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.
3139 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

12. Boundary Stone Public House

116 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
At this neighborhood pub in Bloomingdale, the pickles spears are fried tempura-style, and paired with a dill aioli.
116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. DC-3

423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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.
423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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