Final Score: 83.00
At the time of this review, an unrelated restaurant in Columbus, Ohio holds the #1 spot in the fried pickles rankings. Many restaurants in Columbus serve them, but from what I’ve seen, the Midwest just does fried food better. So what happens when a restaurant based in Columbus brings their fried pickles to Tampa Florida? Does that Midwestern quality carry over?
I present The Pearl, a restaurant, tavern and oyster room whose flagship location is in Columbus, but with a new location in Tampa. And they serve fried pickles comparable to those I’ve had in the midwest. They were presented in the form of wedges, not chips or spears. This was ok because the amount of juice each packed was impressive. They were also small enough to eat in one bite like a chip and the flavor was so vibrant. I loved them. They tasted more citrusy than usual? Definitely a plus. The only critique would be that it could have had a bit more breading to give a nice crunch, but the flavor is ultimately what matters at the end of the day. I’ll be going back.
This place is a must.