100 Favorite Dishes: Fried pickles from TAG Burger Bar

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Lori Midson

Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates are worth the gluttony, because it allows us to tell you where you should eat, a little favor that we started in late 2009, when we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- 100, to be exact. Now we're back with round three, counting down (in no particular order) 100 more of our favorite dishes in Denver (and Boulder). If there's something in particular that you think we need to try, reveal it in the comments section below, or shoot me an e-mail at lori.midson@westword.com.

No. 96: Fried pickles from TAG Burger Bar

There's something about fried pickles -- sometimes called "frickles" -- that turns a sour mouth into a Cheshire-cat grin. TAG Burger Bar, which also pounds out bodacious burgers and liquored milkshakes that make you long for a sun-drenched day lounging on the patio, has perfected the fried pickle, a staple in the South, in a way that makes you want to pounce.

See also:
- Our 100 Favorite Dishes of 2013 archive

- Denver's ten best nachos
- Exclusive first look: Madison Street becomes TAG Burger Bar beginning tomorrow

The thick-cut cucumbers, pickled with coriander seeds, black peppercorns, garlic, sugar, salt, dill and white vinegar, are dredged in flour and breadcrumbs, then take a nose-dive in canola oil, and the results are fried pickle prestige. Pucker-proper on the inside with a crunchy and tawny exterior, they're served in glass jars and paired with a ranch dipping sauce that packs a pinch of heat. And those spears, dunked in that sauce, equate to the real dill.

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2013 countdown are linked below:

No. 100: Foie gras oysters from Sushi Sasa
No. 99: Porchetta from Parisi
No. 98: chocolate caramel sea salt tart from Spuntino
No. 97: Nachos from the Pioneer



Location Info

TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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