The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Fried Bites

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Brooke Viggiano
A little piece of late night heaven
Inspired by the Food Network, I'm looking into the "best things I ever ate" around the grand city of Houston. Recently, I shared the best vegetables I ever ate. Now it's time to move on to the big guns - fried foods. In Texas, there is definitely no shortage of deep-fried delights to choose from. This task was a bit harder (and about a hundred times greasier), but here are my Deep Fried Thoughts.

So I won't be here all day and gain 10 pounds just contemplating the top contenders, I'm taking full fried meals like chicken-fried steak and fried shrimp po-boys out of the mix and focusing in on appetizers - or, as I like to call them, fried bites. But with loaded-to-the-brim options like Beaver's sausage stuffed and bacon creole smothered Fried Green Tomato, BRC's crispy fried, cheddar packed Louisiana Boudin Ball, and Flor-de-Cuba's Tostones Rellenos de Camarones (shrimp stuffed fried plantains), the choice can still be overwhelming. (Don't try to mention REEF's gargantuan block of Fried Mac & Cheese; with high hopes, I left overly under-whelmed by this flavorless mass of cream and texture).

I just know all the cheese, shrimp, and sausage stuffed inside of crispy fried breading are trying to trick me; that's why I am zeroing in on a winner with truly simple, yet still full blown delicious, fried flavor. Which leads me to the fried bite's winner (drum roll please): BB's Cajun Café's flavor-packed Fried Pickle Chips.

I can't lie. I might have shown up at BB's a bit intoxicated, but I swear these pickles are insanely good. They're sliced razor-thin and battered in what I can only describe as heaven, and at first I couldn't tell they were even pickles. They are fried so flawlessly crisp I thought I was munching on potato chips. But then, like a miracle sent from above, the bold flavors attacked my taste buds and went in for the kill. There wass the peppery punch from the intensely seasoned, perfectly salted cornmeal batter, and then, the sweet and sour tang of the pickle itself powered through like a champ. Knockout punch. Pickle chips for the win...and the crowd goes wild!! I know I'm focusing on the fried flavor, but it does not hurt at all that these savory bites are served with a super delicious creamy bacon ranch sauce. Seriously, not at all.

What are your deep-fried thoughts?



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RATM
RATM

Fried appetizer sampler at Western Bowl in Amarillo, TX.

It is the best fried food I have ever ate. Fried shrooms, fried mozzarella balls, and armadillo eggs (bacon and cheese stuffed jalapenos, battered and fried). $5 per order, cooked fresh, and all while you drink beer and knock a few pins down. Ahhhh - damn I miss that.

Jack
Jack

JITB tacos = canned dog food, wilted lettuce, and kraft cheese all in a greasy, limp pocket of old hard corn tortilla.

.......and still I eat them.

they taste like shame. and dog food.

.........and still I eat them.

Off Beat
Off Beat

1.  KFC, Original.2. Jack in the Box 2 tacos for $0.99

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Fried Asparagus topped with lump crab from Perry's Steakhouse. Heaven on a small plate.TA

Feldman
Feldman

I'm a sucker for virtually any kind of fried calamari.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I'm with Dundle, the fried pickles AND fried jalapeno wheels at Willie's Ice House are sans equal.  I get the queso AND the ranch fer double dipping fun.

Stepped out this week to the new Ripps Grille, and I can heartily recommend their threesome (a/k/a Three Stooges: Pickles and Friends):  pickles, jalapenos and densly black peppered mushrooms.  Yup.  They also deep fry a whole cheese and bacon stuffed fresh jalapeno for you veterans of heat.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Throwing in my two cents for the fried pickles at Zelko Bistro and Natachee's, my two favorite fried pickles in town. Also, the cornmeal-battered and fried avocado tacos at Radical Eats (even though it's a full meal!). So damn good.

LauraS
LauraS

The fried pickles at Natachee's and Zelko are AWESOME, but I think Natachee's wins by hair on the sheer volume of pickles they give you! Soooo good!

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

Fried stuffed chicken wings in E*Tao. Serious.

But will settle for HK-Style Fried Oysters at HK Food Street.

trisch
trisch

Buffalo oysters at Branch Water Tavern.

Mike
Mike

chicken fried oyster, celery root slaw, franks red hotMy favorite single bite of food on the planet.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I think you mean the chicken fried oysters, and yes, they are damn good.

Mag
Mag

that sound delish

Peter
Peter

Fried tofu at Cafe 101

Texmex01
Texmex01

Ragin Cajun just put fried pickles on the bar menu, they are dusted with some slap yo mama!

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I'm with you Brooke. The fried pickle chips at BBs are badass.

Dundle
Dundle

Willie's Ice House has the best fried pickles that I've ever eaten. I've had the ones at BB's and Cedar Creek and Willie's easily beats both. Could be that they're served with queso.

CameronByars
CameronByars

I am a sucker for fried pickles. My favorite are at Cedar Creek. They are hand cut, thicker than a hamburger dill and pure heaven. Nice and crunchy with a delicious seasoned ranch. I've had them intoxicated and sober. Delicious every time.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

I've got to put in  a vote for the Chicken Fried Steak lunch with rolls and three sides for $7.49 at Kelley's Country Kitchen on Park Place Boulevard.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"I'm taking full fried meals like chicken-fried steak and fried shrimp po-boys out of the mix and focusing in on appetizers"

From the second paragraph...

Danielle Mole
Danielle Mole

There is a stuffed fried avocado at Cafe Adobe... yum!

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