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Best unusual fried thing

Is it an appetizer or is it dessert? It doesn't really matter when its as tasty as the fried goat cheese with honey and pepper at Midtown's Ecco. Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

Is it an appetizer or is it dessert? It doesn't really matter when it's as tasty as the fried goat cheese with honey and pepper at Midtown's Ecco. Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS

1. Fried goat cheese with honey and black pepper at Ecco

You say, “Fried goat cheese, topped with honey and fresh cracked pepper – it can be an appetizer and a dessert and it’s ALL yum!”

2. Fried ribs at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

3. Fried black-eyed peas at Relish

4. Fried asparagus at Marlow’s Tavern

5. Arancini with citrus and fennel pollen at Cakes & Ales

These beautiful globes of fried goodness are an irresistible treat at Decatur's Cakes & Ale. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

These beautiful globes of fried goodness are an irresistible treat at Decatur's Cakes & Ale. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1. Arancini with citrus and fennel pollen at Cakes & Ales

AJC Food and More’s Popular Eats blogger Jon Watson says, “No trip to Decatur’s Cakes & Ale is complete without an order of the Arancini. These deep fried balls of cheesy risotto, seasoned with a hint of fennel pollen and citrus, are delightfully addictive. Don’t be surprised if you send your server back for a second round once they quickly disappear from the table.”

2. Fried ribs at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

3. Fried red tomato at The Shed at Glenwood

4. Eggplant fries at Flip Burger Buckhead

5. Fried Brussels Sprouts & North Georgia Apple Salad at 4th & Swift

147 comments Add your comment

Mary

December 6th, 2010
2:44 pm

My mother used to fry chitterlings with leftovers.

Nathan

December 6th, 2010
2:45 pm

Not w-a-y out there, mind you, but the fried ribs at Fox Bros. BBQ have to be tried to be believed. I was so skeptical about the notion of *frying* ribs until my fiancee and her co-workers made me try these. I was blown away!

RL

December 6th, 2010
3:49 pm

The arancini from Cakes & Ale (which are in the picture accompanying this story) are fantastic. Not sure if fried pickles count as unusual in the south, but if so, the fried pickles from Fickle Pickle in Roswell are great.

JEC

December 6th, 2010
3:56 pm

Fried pickles and fried pimento cheese balls

Sam

December 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

Love the crab stuffed hushpuppies at Horseradish Grill!

Bama State Fan

December 6th, 2010
4:47 pm

Green Beans.

Souther Fried

December 6th, 2010
5:46 pm

fried cheescake at longhorn!

PJ

December 6th, 2010
5:49 pm

Fried pickles at Fickle Pickle & North of NOLA are awesome. Fair food – fried Oreos with powdered sugar & caramel sauce are creamy, melty goodness.

MB

December 6th, 2010
5:50 pm

DBA BBQ in the VaHighlands serves “Fried Pickles and Bacon” as an appetizer… it’s amazing.

Decatired

December 6th, 2010
5:53 pm

WATERSHED! Oops…sorry…habit I guess.

David

December 6th, 2010
5:58 pm

The corn fritters at the Highlander….with the sauce.

Fred

December 6th, 2010
6:09 pm

The fried pickles at Fox Brothers are pretty tasty

Will

December 6th, 2010
6:16 pm

Not sure what they call it on the menu bu,t Daddy Dz has BBQ pork wrapped in dough and deep fried. Great!

Kathi

December 6th, 2010
6:18 pm

Fried pickles at OK Cafe

Longest Horn

December 6th, 2010
6:20 pm

I agree with @Souther Fried – fried cheesecake at Longhorn is to die for

kevin

December 6th, 2010
6:32 pm

Fried (homemade) pickles from Holman and Finch are amazing. Arancini from Cakes and Ale and from Sound Table are both quite good. Hush puppies at the Porter in Little 5 are also pretty great.
Though, if I had one vote, the fried pickles from Holman and Finch would win out.

kevin

December 6th, 2010
6:33 pm

Calamari at Floataway is also up there…

snb

December 6th, 2010
6:35 pm

Arancini from Cakes & Ale, Fried Mac & Cheese at Suburban Lanes

sasquatch

December 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

fried cauliflour and mushrooms at Pilgreens Steakhouse in McDonough

Lois Lane

December 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

The fried okra at Farm Burger….they fry the okra WHOLE. Yum.

Brazen Unicorn

December 6th, 2010
6:52 pm

Fried ribs at Fox Bros. are pretty serious business. Never ever thought they’d taste that good, but luckily I was wrong.

Wes

December 6th, 2010
7:12 pm

Fox Bros. fried ribs are insane!

Uncommon sense

December 6th, 2010
7:17 pm

@ Paradise Grill, they include fried red bell peppers & jalapenos w/ their fried calamari & it’s ALL good! (I never would’ve thought I’d like fried red peppers but they’re almost better than the calamari)

RK

December 6th, 2010
7:35 pm

Duck confit nuggets, Flip

EO

December 6th, 2010
7:40 pm

The fried goat cheese with honey at Ecco.

Martin

December 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

Fried Cheese grits at OK Cafe!
AND
Fried Eggplant (w/ powdered sugar and hot sauce) at rathbuns

Wreck

December 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

Fried goat cheese at Ecco, hands down.

AE

December 6th, 2010
7:58 pm

Agreed – The fried goat cheese with honey, at Ecco. With the black pepper – holy cow, so good.

Deep Fried Crazy

December 6th, 2010
8:00 pm

I’ve been to local festivals around Georgia (like Buggy Days in Barnesville) that serve deep fried twinkies and snickers.

Khanh

December 6th, 2010
8:07 pm

fried ice cream… very yummy!

Bonannie

December 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

Asparagus Fries at Marlowe’s Tavern on Chastain in Kennesaw. Yummmmm.

JOE

December 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

Green olives stuffed with blue cheese battered with corn meal and deep fried.

a

December 6th, 2010
8:21 pm

Fried goat cheese w/ honey & cracked pepper at Ecco, Yum

Shari

December 6th, 2010
8:46 pm

Fried Oreos … yes! Fried oreos. Rest. in FL

J in John's Creek

December 6th, 2010
8:53 pm

The fried pickles at the Vortex are superb.

I had fried mac and cheese balls this weekend – yum!

Grif

December 6th, 2010
9:06 pm

Not that unusual, but the fried grit cakes at Miller Union are great.

reason

December 6th, 2010
9:18 pm

falafel at pita palace at the corner of lavista and briarcliff… OMG… so good!

Tom

December 6th, 2010
9:36 pm

I had a fried chicken one time and there was an old woman cooking it in the kitchen and she cook the best. It was in a place near Savannah or maybe it Powder Spring. But she cook the fried chicken and she accidental drop a steak in there in the flour and everyone laugh but she fry it. No it was near Roswell. Then she cut it up and it was but good. So then she add it to the menu and she was also frying deer. She try to fry ice tea but then she caught the kitchen all on fire so they make her only work on the front. She was a greeter person like at walmart and that made her sad. Some say it is why she pass away two months later. Now they say that place is haunted by her. The resteraunt close down. Yeah it was Roswell. It’s next to a barbecue place that has good bannanna pudding. I like that pudding but it makes me sad to think someones dead granmama might be looking at me from next door.

Lilburn Lady

December 6th, 2010
9:42 pm

Most unusual – Battered, deep-fried corn on the cob at a great little restaurant in historic Dacula.

Hack

December 6th, 2010
9:59 pm

Fried Reeses cups at the BBQ Festival in Lexington, NC

Hands Down, Hands Down

December 6th, 2010
10:17 pm

Fried hands down, hands down!

William

December 6th, 2010
10:19 pm

Grit fritters at Bones.

Ash

December 6th, 2010
10:36 pm

Fried Pickles from Flip Burger

Smitty

December 6th, 2010
10:49 pm

Historic Dacula???? Bahahahahahah!!!!!!

Jimmy who?

December 6th, 2010
11:01 pm

Fried Human, absolutely delicious!!!

jrl

December 6th, 2010
11:01 pm

Fried goat cheese, topped with honey and fresh cracked pepper – it can be an appetizer and a dessert and it’s ALL yum!

Susan

December 6th, 2010
11:02 pm

Hands down, the hand made corndogs from Palookaville!!!!!!!!

Rick

December 6th, 2010
11:09 pm

Fried Snickers at the Gwinnet Co. Fair.
MMmm MMmm Good!

Darlene

December 6th, 2010
11:27 pm

Y’all. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this aMAYzing restaurant called The Flying Biscuit? They actually fry GREEN TOMATOES and they are awesome, y’all!!!!!!

Lisa

December 6th, 2010
11:34 pm

I made fried grit patties with shrimp. Add white cheese to the grits let set for a couple of hour in fridge cut and fry it is very good.