The new pickle in town

Jun 28, 2011

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A fried pickle marriage proposal

Remember when I wrote this post/love letter to Bareburger?

Today as I was winding down my work day at the cubie I got involved in this super serious important tweet-versation. I believe originally a few folks were discussing the merits of different Bareburger shakes, but then talk turned to wistfully dreaming that they would add fried pickles to their menu. You know, so you could dip them in your milkshake, like a fun twist on your childhood dipping french fries in a Wendys frosty. I promise I’m not pregnant Mom and hand-holding-man-friend.

Disclaimer: I am in no way a “foodie.” Much like I am not a hipster even though I cut my own hair and have holes in my shoes.

Back to today…

A girlfriend of mine is in town for a few days for work and I suggested that on her way into the city she should meet me for dinner at Bareburger since it’s on the way from La Guardia… (what, that’s not true?) As we cozy up in the outdoor patio they slap down a new specials menu and I was all like “Ooh specials, neato that’s new!” Then I squealed and started hyperventilating and immediately flagged down our waitress even though I have an official no waitress flagging policy because BAM! there they were. Fried bread and butter pickle chips! Just two hours prior I was dream-tweeting and then there they were right on the menu and soon to be in my mouth.

 Astorians now have THREE choices for meeting their fried pickle needs.

Choose. Your. Bliss.

1) Sweet Afton – The lone leader of the pack for far too long. Offering a doughy version with a McClures pickle in chunk form battered and fried. Oddly sweet, kind of like Zeppoli with a pickle inside.

2) MexiQ – Yep, order a side of fried pickles with your Baja fish taco and craft beer. Theirs are delivered in spear form and battered crispy style like a mozzarella stick with an herby dill thing happening that is quite yummy.

and finally…

3) Bareburger – The new pick (puns yay!) on the block. Sweet bread and butter pickles sliced in thin chip form battered in a semi-sweet batter that comes with this spicy-creamy horseradish sauce. Heaven. I think there were tears. But then again, I’m a crier.

So go eat fried pickles and be merry. Anyone want to organize a fried pickle eating tour? Like a bar crawl, but with fried pickles!!!!!!!

P.S. Sorry if this post got gushy. We also shared a pitcher of Blue Point Toasted Lager. Because you might as well go whole hog right?

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Ali - YumVeggieBurger July 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

Great idea for a post! I didn’t know Bear Burger had fried pickles now too :)


B.Strave July 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

They were added to a specials menu! But they’re so delicious I’ve been singing their praises to everyone I know (a.k.a. the internet) about them so they can get moved over to the forever and always menu!!!!

Joanna July 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Damn! I’m already obsessed with the pickles at Sweet Afton, and you tell me there are more out there? The milkshake-pickle combo sounds amazing. Why should pregnant ladies have all the fun?


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