Now I know frying makes pretty much anything extra delicious, but pickles? Fried pickles? This weekend I was in Kansas City and I had the opportunity to sample my first fried pickle, which was followed shortly thereafter by my second fried pickle…
The first thing that caught my eye on the menu at Wil Jenny’s--a Texas inspired restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas--was the Fried Green Tomatoes. I do love a good fried green tomato and you don’t get them all that often in the big city, so of course I had to order them. When I glanced back at the menu to place my order I noticed that it said “Fried Tomatoes and Pickles.” Were the Fried Tomatoes served with pickles? Or Fried Tomatoes and Fried Pickles? This was why my high school English teacher always stressed parallel sentence structure! Well, I love pickles and I’ll try pretty much anything once, so I placed my order and waited to see what arrived.
A few minutes later the waitress emerged with my fried tomatoes and fried pickles. Yes! I dug into the pickles first. They were breaded with a little bit of seasoning not all that unlike what you might find on a fried mozzarella stick. I’ve never eaten a pickle that was above room temp and the experience of biting into a breaded pickle that was still warm yet juicy and tangy was a bit odd at first, but ultimately delicious. I thought I was just going to have one spear, but I was too good to pass up that second spear. In the end, the fried green tomatoes weren’t all the remarkable, but the pickles made the meal.
6700 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223