Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Y'all ever try pickle chips?

By Alex Nunes

Publication: theday.com

Published April 17. 2012 12:29PM   Updated April 18. 2012 11:46AM

Two of my favorite things about going on vacation to a place I've never been is hearing the regional accents and trying out some cuisine I've never heard of before.

I'm very much a "when in Rome" kind of guy. I've never understood the type of people who will go to a steakhouse and order pasta primavera (A lot of these types are also the ones who end up complaining about their meal. It's like, hello?).

But with that said I came across a certain dish while in Asheville, N.C., that I almost passed up. (By the way, I will have a longer story later this week about my trip to this culinary gem of a city.)

One night my wife and I were at Pack's Tavern-- a nice spot located in Asheville's Hayes Hopson building, which previously housed an old lumber supply business and auto supply company-- when my wife suggested we try pickle chips.

My wife's family is from Georgia and she was raised in Ft. Lauderdale Fla., so she's no stranger to oddities like Beanie-Weenies and alligators swimming around in people's pools. I guess she's a little more adventurous than I am when she gets out of the northeast.

I'm all for frying just about anything and seeing what it tastes like, but pickles sounded weird. I guess it's that they don't seem moist enough to taste good after being deep fried.

But I am here to tell you folks that I tried fried pickles and they are amazing. These pickles were sliced horizontally across the pickle like potato chips. Then they were dunked in batter and dropped into a deep fryer. They came served with an aioli sauce. So good.

The batter had great flavor and texture, and the pickle added a nice salty vinegary taste. When envisioning this dish, think of the pickle as a flavor accent rather than the centerpiece. Also, I guess they're kid friendly too. I gave some to my 10-month-old son and he chomped them down quick.

So the moral of the story is if you have a chance to try pickle chips, go for it.

Also, this dish got me thinking: states down south seem to be known for must try food oddities, like alligator and frog legs in Florida. But I can't think of any of these types of foods that are known as a must try when in southern New England. Anyone know of any?



Day Photo Staff | On Assignment

David Collins | Today, in The Day

Karen Florin | On The Docket

Editors' Blog


Paul Choiniere | Ruminations

Arts & Entertainment

Day staff | Taste Buds (Dining)

Day staff | The Sipping Room (Drinks)

Jenna Cho | Salt to Taste

Jill Blanchette | Healthy Cooking

Kristina Dorsey | Reel Life

Marisa Nadolny | Pop Blog

Rick Koster | Aging Rock Dude

Rick Koster | Librarian to The Stars / Books Blog

Sunday Night TV | Mad Men Monday

Just Listen | The Day's music writers share their playlists


Steve Fagin | The Great Outdoors

Vickie Fulkerson | High School Sports

Richard Cooke | Yawkey Way

Ned Griffen | High School Football

Gavin Keefe | UConn Men's Hoops

Clint L. Bramlett | The Real Mister Fantasy