Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Travels with Brownie: Fried Pickles in Kansas?!

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.

Wil Jenny's
6700 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: 913-897-1114


Anonymous said...

I love fried pickles and I live right down the road from this Wil Jennys so I will have to try them out sometime.

Anonymous said...

BLT Burger also serves fried pickles (though they might have been a special?). I've never had them but my fellow dinnermate enjoyed them.

Brownie said...

@courtney: maybe you can convince them to give you just the fried pickles...btw, their $3 mac and cheese side is enormous. I could of had that as my entree. It was basically velveeta with some crumbly topping, but sometimes you just want some velveeta.

@lc: oooooh, Blondie's been dying to go to BLT Burger. We'll have to put that on our must order list.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a huge Brother Jimmy's fan and I can only speak for the one on the UWS but the fried pickles there are REALLY good. They use the chip shaped pickles versus the spears and serve it with a ranch-like dressing.

They are the best I've had in the city.

Cuppa Jolie said...

I had this exact experience many years ago in Boston. Fried pickles is not something you see on a West Coast menu (at least that I've ever seen). So when we saw them, we had to try them, just like you(especially after the waitress said they were a favorite).


Yvo Sin said...

Since the first time I saw them mentioned on some food blog, I've been dying to try fried pickles but don't see them on NYC menus. Boo.

Ali said...

Overland Park?! I live so close to there! Mmm..fried pickles. I think the Sonic fast food chain serves fried pickles as well (at least in Kansas they do) :)