Texas Roadhouse

Final Score: 39.00

Texas Roadhouse - Fried Pickles
Texas Roadhouse - Fried Pickles
Texas Roadhouse - Fried Pickles

Notes
I reviewed Texas Roadhouse fried pickles years ago and gave it a 60/100.   After revisiting, I had to drop the score.  These fried pickles looked good but didn’t provide pickle flavor at all.  There was the classic fry taste taking the spotlight with nothing to contrast it.  Some of the pickles were very thin, even to the point that a ton of them had holes in the center of them.  The basket of fried pickles was left unfinished for a table of three, which is kinda of rare on this fried pickle journey.   I understand that the quality may vary between each location, but it is better to have the lowest score listed on this site, than to have the highest review and ultimately let people down.

The Globe Hotel

Final Score: 31.25

The Globe Hotel - Red Bank, NJ - Fried Pickles
The Globe Hotel - Red Bank, NJ - Fried Pickles
The Globe Hotel - Red Bank, NJ - Fried Pickles

Notes
This one hurts to write.  The Globe Hotel in Red Bank, New Jersey is where this fried pickle journey began.  Years ago, these spears looked much different and were perfectly fried.  They were in the top 5 for as long as I can remember.  But the top 5 needs to be retested every now and then.

The spears were bigger than I remember.  Quite massive.  But the breading just didn’t stick at all.  There were a couple of alright bites, but ultimately everything just fell apart upon lifting it off from the plate.  Leaving a breading salad.   The other food was very good though.   

Revolution, Gastropub

Final Score: 49.50

Notes
Revolution, Gastropub in Morristown NJ, presented what looked to be an incredible batch of fried pickles. But the breading to pickle ratio was completely off.  The structural integrity of the outer shell was damn near perfect, but there was barely any pickle on the inside to contrast it, leaving a lot of fried breading taste lingering.  The breading itself could have been seasoned a bit more too.

Side note:  The menu said it comes with a side of ranch, but what actually came some type of tzatziki sauce (I think).  Kind of sour, but it was good though.

Nicholas Barrel & Roost

Final Score: 62.00

Notes
Nicholas Barrel & Roost in Red Bank NJ avoided the chips vs spears standard and served up some fried pickles in the shapes of poppers / bites. The breading was a bit under-seasoned but the pickle itself was packed with flavor.  These were very easy to eat and every bite was an explosion of juicy goodness.  The outer shell gave an impressive amount of crunch.   The restaurant itself was very nice and upscale and the staff and service were on point.

Engine No. 9

Final Score: 75.00

Notes
Engine No. 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida is well known for their burgers.  So I was excited to find out that they serve fried pickles spears too.  Making fried pickle spears is a challenge and most restaurants opt to serve chips because of this.  Engine No. 9 passed this challenge with flying colors.  They were incredibly crunchy and for the ultimate test, the pickles broke cleanly.  A bad pickle spear will usually slide out of the breading.  It was served with a jalapeno ranch.  The burgers are delicious as well.

Walk-Ons

Final Score: 46.25

Walk-Ons Fried Pickles

Notes Walk-Ons is a really fun sports bar with some amazing menu items. Surprisingly though, the fried pickles didn’t have any flavor and were extremely greasy. At the bottom of the basket was a pool of grease leaving all of the fried pickles to lose their crisp and become soggy. The amount of chips was very generous but eating them was not fulfilling.

Walk-Ons Fried Pickles
Walk-Ons Fried Pickles

Buffalo Wild Wings

Final Score: 56.00

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fried Pickles

Notes

This is probably the 10th time I’ve tried these in the past few years (spanning across many states).  The fried pickles at Buffalo Wild Wings do not stand out in any way. They are mostly soggy and many of the fried pickles were doubled up.  Which led to some being ultra soggy.  The chain restaurant is very consistent though.  Every location delivers the same experience, but that experience is always a small let down.  I know they can do better.

Side note: The southwestern ranch was really good but that’s not supposed to be the focal point.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fried Pickles
Buffalo Wild Wings, Fried Pickles

Cracker Barrel

Final Score: 80.25

Cracker Barrel - Fried Pickles

Notes
New on the menu in August 2022, Cracker Barrel’s country fried pickles are excellent. The best fried pickles as of writing for a chain restaurant. I shouldn’t be surprised considering half their menu is fried goodness.

The chips themselves were incredibly juicy and tasted amazing without any dipping sauce.

By default, they are served with a side of ranch. The waiter, however, recommended we also try the new dill pickle ranch (typically used for other dishes). Why is it not default?  We’re not sure. It worked really well.

If you ever visit a Cracker Barrel, the fried pickles are a must.

Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel - Fried Pickles

A Taste of Boston

Final Score: 48.75

Notes These pickle chips were solid. About as you would expect from a small waterfront shack mostly serving fried food. A perfect snack for the atmosphere. They had a decent crunch and were seasoned properly. However, there were multiple incidents where a pickle chip was actually 2-3 chips battered as one. This was a bit off-putting as the balance of pickle breading ratio was completely thrown off.

The location itself is phenomonal. It sits within Ballast Point Park in Tampa making it a nice hidden gem to explore. It provides a great view of the bay, Tampa skyline and has a nice picnic area to binge eat fried pickles and relax.

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

Final Score: 31.00

Notes Pickle fries. A new take on the fried pickle.
But it needs work . . . and a lot of it.
It’s like they tried to make as many pickle spears as possible from a single pickle. But what ended up happening is exactly what you would expect. Extremely thin strings of pickle that would provide little to no substance or juice once cooked. The final product lacked any flavor profile beyond “fried”