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A Monster Guide to Fried Pickles in D.C.

The beloved bar snack remains popular

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It's been three years since Eater D.C. started seeing fried pickles popping up consistently around town. What started as a trendy menu item has become a full-fledged, standard bar snack in D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.

There are plenty of ways to prepare this salty, greasy treat: cornmeal-crusted, beer-battered, deep fried, etc. Fans will debate whether chips or spears are the proper vehicle for fried pickle execution (consider Eater #teamchips). Some call them "frickes," others avoid the cutesy name and call it like it is. Usually, a creamy dipping sauce appears on the side, whether it be ranch dressing, remoulade, or chipotle-spiked.

Here are many bars and restaurants in town that celebrate the fried pickle. This map includes bars that have featured the snack for years, like The Pinch and Southside 815, as well as others that just recently started serving the favorite, including Momofuku CCDC and newcomer Vieux Carre.

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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 appetizer: pretzel-crusted pickle spears, paired with horseradish mustard for dipping ($6).

2. Scion (Multiple Locations)

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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 pickle chips paired with ranch dressing as a starter too, or on special during the restaurant's happy hour for $5.

3. Garden District

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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 pickle spears at this outdoor beer garden on 14th Street.

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.
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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 "state fair" pickles: the bread and butter pickle chips are pickled in-house, then sliced, flash fried in southern breading, then paired with their own 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 ranch on the side.
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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.
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8. Continental Modern Pool Lounge

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1911 N. Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 465-7675
Fried pickle chips at Rosslyn hangout Continental are often discounted for happy hour.
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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. And they're only $3.99
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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 pickle chips are cornmeal-battered (the dish got a makeover when the bar expanded).

13. Bar Deco

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717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 774-5867
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Fried pickles will set diners back $12 at this cocktail bar.

14. Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen

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3126 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 636-0050
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Find a whole fried pickle basket at this neighborhood bar with pickled okra, banana peppers, spears, and dipping sauces.

15. CityBar

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400 E St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
This rooftop newcomer takes bread and butter pickles and beer batters them. They're $6 regular price, $5 at happy hour.

16. Drafting Table

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1529-C 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 621-7475
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Fried pickles are cornmeal-crusted at this popular soccer bar, and they're chips served with remoulade.

17. Front Page (Multiple Locations)

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4201 Wilson Blvd #103
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 248-9990
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Fried pickle spears here are served with ranch dressing.

18. Mad Fox Brewing Company (Multiple Locations)

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444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 942-6840
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Find frickles at both locations of Mad Fox, where they're served with chipotle ranch.

19. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 602-1832
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Fried pickle chips (with pickles made at the restaurant) are available for happy hour at this hot spot.

20. Smoke & Barrel

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2471 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-9353
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Slices are the pickle of choice at this barbecue bar, where they're battered and served with chipotle aioli.
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21. Vieux Carre

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1413 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
This bar just launched its food menu this week, and fried pickle chips are available for $5.

22. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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Head to the bar at Acadiana and find deep fried pickles there, served with remoulade for $5.
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23. Woodward Table

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1426 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-5353
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Woodward Table is serving fried late summer squash pickles with remoulade during happy hour at the bar and on the patio.

24. Grillfish

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1200 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-7310
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On Grillfish's happy hour menu, $4 fried pickle spears make an appearance.
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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 appetizer: pretzel-crusted pickle spears, paired with horseradish mustard for dipping ($6).
3548 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Scion (Multiple Locations)

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 pickle chips paired with ranch dressing as a starter too, or on special during the restaurant's happy hour for $5.
2100 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

3. Garden District

1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
When the weather warms up, grab a picnic table and an order of half-sour fried pickle spears at this outdoor beer garden on 14th Street.
1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. The Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010
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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 "state fair" pickles: the bread and butter pickle chips are pickled in-house, then sliced, flash fried in southern breading, then paired with their own remoulade sauce.
815 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. DC9

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

7. Del Ray Pizzeria

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

8. Continental Modern Pool Lounge

1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209
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Fried pickle chips 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
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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. And they're only $3.99
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 pickle chips are cornmeal-battered (the dish got a makeover when the bar expanded).
116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Bar Deco

717 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Fried pickles will set diners back $12 at this cocktail bar.
717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen

3126 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Find a whole fried pickle basket at this neighborhood bar with pickled okra, banana peppers, spears, and dipping sauces.
3126 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

15. CityBar

400 E St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
This rooftop newcomer takes bread and butter pickles and beer batters them. They're $6 regular price, $5 at happy hour.
400 E St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

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16. Drafting Table

1529-C 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Fried pickles are cornmeal-crusted at this popular soccer bar, and they're chips served with remoulade.
1529-C 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

17. Front Page (Multiple Locations)

4201 Wilson Blvd #103, Arlington, VA 22203
Fried pickle spears here are served with ranch dressing.
4201 Wilson Blvd #103
Arlington, VA 22203

18. Mad Fox Brewing Company (Multiple Locations)

444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Find frickles at both locations of Mad Fox, where they're served with chipotle ranch.
444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

19. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Fried pickle chips (with pickles made at the restaurant) are available for happy hour at this hot spot.
1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

20. Smoke & Barrel

2471 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Official
Slices are the pickle of choice at this barbecue bar, where they're battered and served with chipotle aioli.
2471 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

21. Vieux Carre

1413 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This bar just launched its food menu this week, and fried pickle chips are available for $5.
1413 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

22. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001