How the Deep-Fried Pickle Took Over Sports Bar Menus

February 2, 2017

…and fueled the spears vs. chips debate

Practically any food that can be battered and thrown into a deep fryer ends up with a cult following at some point or another. But while fried pickles have seemed particularly pervasive on sports bar and restaurant menus over the past several years, the sour and crunchy snack actually has roots dating all the way back to the 1960s.

The restaurant with the most verifiable claim over the invention of the fried pickle appears to be the Duchess Drive-In, out of Atkins, Arkansas, which put them on the menu in 1963. (The Hollywood