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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.

Lisa

December 6th, 2010
11:35 pm

excuse the misspells.

Mojo Works

December 6th, 2010
11:38 pm

Fried mashed potatoes at Carvers near the meat packing district will change your life! Freaking awesome! They don’t always have them but, you can’t go wrong with anything there. I am pretty sure they could make cardboard taste good.

DeafGary

December 6th, 2010
11:51 pm

I was a first semester student at Philip’s College Northside, when I was told about Fuddrucker’s for the first time.
That weekend, I went over there and had a ball, eating chili-cheese fries for the first time!!
(The burger wasn’t bad, either!!)

Jack

December 6th, 2010
11:57 pm

I like the parmesan zucchini fries at Flip.

Thank You TOM

December 6th, 2010
11:58 pm

Tom, that was awesome

SophyB

December 7th, 2010
12:05 am

I love the pimento cheese fritters at Relish with the hot pepper jelly. Sorry to see it go in 2011 to be replaced by (yet another) Mexican place.

I also enjoyed the “crispy” baby artichoke I had at Sugo in Roswell recently. Note to kitchen: It would have been nice to have more than ONE with my half order of braciole, guys!!

Jason

December 7th, 2010
12:34 am

I was at a friend’s house the other night and they sliced potatoes up into pieces that were about a quarter of an inch thick and three to four inches long. They deep fried them and man, they were good! Maybe it’ll catch on here in the US but it’s probably too European for American tastes.

fried good

December 7th, 2010
12:43 am

Dawg fans love fried yellow jackets.

Al

December 7th, 2010
12:49 am

The conch fritters with tamarind sauce at Coco Loco are awesomely good.

Jesse

December 7th, 2010
1:32 am

Not really unusual but Buffalo’s fried cheesecake is awesome!!!

Decatur

December 7th, 2010
3:09 am

Fried Rutabagas at the BBQ Cafe on Virginia Avenue. Their lunch menu and veggies change daily, and one day I went there and they were not serving fried green tomatoes. So I got the rutabagas…..delicious!

J Haney

December 7th, 2010
3:15 am

How in the *@$$ do you fry Coke? Also, what is the big deal about fried green tomatoes, they have been around for years! And can someone take the keyboard away from Tom before he hurts himself? He shouldn’t be online without a grown-up around to supervise him!

Dolt

December 7th, 2010
4:32 am

There always has to be some dickbag who makes turns every stupid thing into a college rivalry. Grow up, nancy.

MICH

December 7th, 2010
4:39 am

Deep fried a turkey, potatoes and sweet potatoes last week while surrounded by snow covered cedars. Surreal in Seattle.

T. Anne

December 7th, 2010
5:03 am

@Darlene, child where have you been? People have been eating fried green tomatoes since I was a child, and I was born in 1947. That is nothing new. You must be from up North.

Boo

December 7th, 2010
7:28 am

Fried Mac & Cheese # Social Vinings…oh wow!

Angelia

December 7th, 2010
7:31 am

Fried Snickers and Milky Way bars

KK

December 7th, 2010
8:25 am

Fried Black-eyed peas at Relish!

She-She

December 7th, 2010
9:08 am

Me and my BFF go crazy over the fried corn nuggets at Folk’s.

Cuban in law

December 7th, 2010
9:33 am

My wife is Cuban. Her Fried Yuca is killer, so are her Ham Croquettes, which are fried, throw in some roast pork and black beans and rice and you got heaven on a plate.

Becky

December 7th, 2010
9:36 am

Guess the most unusual for me is cauliflower and gizzards..

Jim

December 7th, 2010
9:40 am

The hand cut fried cheese sticks at The Derby are hard to beat. You should split them though.

Foodie-B

December 7th, 2010
10:44 am

Two ends of the spectrum: Paula Deens Flying Frying UFO’s (Fried Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich) or the sweetbread nuggets @ Flip Burger Boutique both delicious and unique.

AB

December 7th, 2010
11:18 am

DBA BBQ Fried bacon is killer the pickles need some work though

Booji

December 7th, 2010
11:39 am

Asparagus Fries from Marlowe’s Tavern

JR FROM GA

December 7th, 2010
12:04 pm

Those “Fried Cheese Grits” from OK Cafe can’y be beat. It would be nice if they would bring back the sauce that went with them. AJC, see what you can do about that!!!

Chris

December 7th, 2010
12:11 pm

The Arancini as well as the Fried Okra at Cakes and Ale are the BOMB!

KD

December 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

Fried Jalapenos at Tin Lizzy’s

Southside

December 7th, 2010
12:21 pm

Fried Mac N cheese at Fox Bros

donkey200

December 7th, 2010
12:23 pm

arincini at Cakes & Ale.

SamEknowsbest

December 7th, 2010
12:30 pm

Fried Mac N Cheese at Cheesecake Factory with the sause.. it’s heavenly

Ralphie

December 7th, 2010
12:37 pm

Fried shrimp at Red Lobster. It really was bland, rubbery and smelled fishy.

Jorge

December 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

Fried Wooly Booger at Effies in Athens. Too much eggnog prior, I wont do it again.

Nabo blabo

December 7th, 2010
12:46 pm

French Fries at Macdonals

Smitty

December 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

Fried Sweet Bites at Krystal are the best fast food dessert around

Miss B

December 7th, 2010
1:06 pm

Duck confit nuggets, FLIP. out of this world.

m

December 7th, 2010
1:08 pm

another vote for the fried goat cheese, honey and cracked pepper at
Ecco- addictive!

Otis

December 7th, 2010
1:09 pm

Fried Rocky Mountain oysters!
(As long as you didn’t know what they were BEFORE you ate them!)

;o)~

GeorgiaBoy

December 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

Deep fried, chicken livers (wrapped in bacon)!
God’s food!

Sarah

December 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

I had fried oreos a couple years ago at Corks & Forks at Grant Park’s Summer Shade Festival, they were delicious! I’ve also tried a fried Snickers bar and a fried Mars bar, both good.

Sandy

December 7th, 2010
1:26 pm

Fried goat cheese with honey at Ecco!!!!!

Rhett

December 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

Fried frog legs & deep fried alligator at Pappadeaux’s. Fried mac & cheese balls at Ray’s on the River. Fried duck at Great Wall Chinese [on Powers Ferry Road in Marietta].

pookie

December 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

Fox bros fried jalapeno poppers stuffed with bbq pork and cream cheese. end of discussion.

bob

December 7th, 2010
1:37 pm

you can’t beat the fried silk worms in south korea

Christopher

December 7th, 2010
1:39 pm

Fox Brothers fried ribs.

Billy Ray Valentine

December 7th, 2010
1:43 pm

Fried Oreos @ Gwinnett Braves stadium

Red Dawg

December 7th, 2010
1:49 pm

Anyone tried fried banana pudding. I’m really wanting to try it. Found a recipe from a restaurant in Alabama and hoping my brother will do it. It was his idea, I think he needs to bet the guinea pig!!

meh

December 7th, 2010
1:50 pm

fried pickles and jalapeno slices at this place in Kennesaw. can’t remember the name off the top of my head.

petka

December 7th, 2010
1:54 pm

fried avocado at the square pub in decatur. delicious. they also have sweet potato tots that are excellent.

Dick

December 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

Have you ever tried fried mac n cheese? Don;t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

ZENIA

December 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

Fried Collard Greens… to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fried-Sweet-Bites-Fend!

December 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

@ Smitty -Fried Sweet Bites at Krystal are the best fast food dessert around- I thought I was the only one that enjoyed the Sweet bites from Krystal. You have good taste!

Danny O

December 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

As referenced by Bama State Fan at 4:47pm on 12/6 – Fried green beans are pretty tasty. The only place that I know of that serves this is Estoria in Cabbagetown. Delicious, though some of the taste experience is lost in the thick cigarette smoke.

C21T

December 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

ooooh you deprived people. No one here has had real FRIED ICE CREAM!!
My parents (great + amazing family recipe) were exclusively book for events in PARK CITY UT to offer this scruptious delicacy. Im willing to sell the recipe. contact me at: mgm4success@hotmail.com. Only serious foodeirs, please

Jen Jen

December 7th, 2010
2:27 pm

Fried cornbread. Yum!

Kathleen

December 7th, 2010
2:27 pm

Fried macaroni and cheese at Tin Pin Alley in Atlantic Station! Sinful.

Atl

December 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

Gizzards…mmmm

bulldog

December 7th, 2010
2:33 pm

Fried pickles at the Blind Pig Tavern in Athens. Unlike a lot of places they slice them thin so they are crispy and don’t pre-batter them. Fried creamed corn dodgers are also excellent.

Seriously?

December 7th, 2010
2:37 pm

Fried potatoes and onions at The Varsity…say what?

Punkin

December 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

Geneva’s fried ribs with mustard dipping sauce.

MH

December 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

Fried mac & cheese from Fox Bros’ BBQ

Ashley

December 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

Fried oreos are boss

Dale

December 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

Cris

December 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

Fried mac n cheese @ Fox Bros. and Cheesecake Factory is amazing

Biggripatl

December 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

@Tom you got me dying over here

Hal

December 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Taco Mac Chocolate Chimi – Chocolate and caramel wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried golden brown…then add vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup…..YES PLEASE !

Terry

December 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

Zuccini fries at Carrabba’s!

Dave

December 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

Fried Chicken Feet and Fried Chicken Heart Taco at Holy Taco.

GT Guy

December 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

Fried sausage.

just Me

December 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

avocado eggrolls at cheesecake factory

Crisco

December 7th, 2010
3:59 pm

Could Lilburn Lady (or anyone else) that referenced the Fried Corn place in Dacula post the restaurant name too? Get over there once in awhile so would like to try it. Thanks!

Fee

December 7th, 2010
4:08 pm

@ Tom….
Am I the only person still laughing at Tom’s comment about the Fried Sweet Tea…That’s one heck of a story. You are joking right?! LOL Right?

Fee

December 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

Please read Tom’s comment on page 1

Pecka Head

December 7th, 2010
4:31 pm

My first fried pickles were at Boondocks many years ago and I think they are still the BEST!

I like strange

December 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

Parts always taste better fried. I especially like chicken lips and hog wings. We cook them on the fire out in the wild while snipe hunting.

It's been a rough winter.

December 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

And it’s not officially here yet. Fried foods taste good when it’s cold weather. Okra but without batter and not cooked hard. I really like fried pickled peaches with cream cheese stuffing. That’s one of my favorites and discovered by my nanny as a child, Ms. Mamie Lou, who was experimenting at the time. Try it, you’ll like it.

Brent

December 7th, 2010
6:31 pm

The Fried Ribs at Fox Bros are the most interesting fried food item i sampled this year! i mean WTF!! it was that good!

Chief Wiggum

December 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

I reckon I’ll have some of those french fried taters, uh huh.

Steve

December 7th, 2010
10:04 pm

The fried cream cheese grit cakes at The Red Hen in Alpharetta. AMAZING!!!! A heart attack on a plate but well worth it.

Gordon Beckham

December 8th, 2010
11:12 am

The fried taquitos at the RaceTrack on Defoores Ferry have to be at the top of the list!!!!!!!

Michael

December 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

The fried eggplant strips at FLIP in Buckhead are perfect.

Angie

December 8th, 2010
3:58 pm

Fried twinkies. Tried them at a fair once.

Foodie-B

December 8th, 2010
5:53 pm

Fried Black Eyed Peas @ Relish In Roswell

Carl

December 8th, 2010
8:55 pm

I really like them french fried taters…mmmhmmmm.

LT

December 9th, 2010
11:02 am

Fried pimento cheese fritters at Ormsby’s.

Johnny Fontane

December 9th, 2010
11:25 am

Crisco, the name of the resturant in Dacula is the Harvest Table, it’s located across from Dacula High School at the railroad tracks.

RK

December 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

Dry-fried mushrooms or eggplant at Tasty China.

Parrothed

December 10th, 2010
7:38 am

Deep-fried pickled okra!

Cammi317

December 12th, 2010
9:17 am

Wow, apparently the saying about frying any and everything in the south is true. I love the fried pickles at Ms. Katie’s Side Board in Stone Mountain Park. As for the rest, I’ve never even heard of fried Coke, Oreos, Twinkies, Snickers, etc. I am sure they probably taste good, but considering that none of them are good for you to start with why would anyone want to add on more fat by frying them? Wow!

Mark

December 12th, 2010
10:12 am

Best yet – DEEP FRIED PEANUTS

Better than boiled by far..

http://www.wallacesporkskins.com/defrpesa.html

Believe it

December 12th, 2010
11:20 am

My son is a boy scout and they fried biscuit dough to make donuts and potatoes to make fries at camp. Once those were done, they started experimenting. He said the deep fried teriyaki beef jerky and fried Butterfingers (chocolate melted off, so only the peanut butter part) were delicious. The Starbusts and Skittles didn’t fry very well…

Leslie Edwin

December 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Fried strawberries at Hilltop Grille in Athens! Chef Marquis Brown is always coming up with creative dishes….this one was amazing…

OTP Foodie

December 12th, 2010
12:13 pm

DB BBQ is over priced, BBQ dreck. The award Matt got for his chili must have come from the chef over at the US Prison system. Watery and hot, with bits of gristle, mmmmm. Dryed out $10 pork sandwich with all the fixin’s. This place has to deal with too high rent and it shows.

ricky

December 12th, 2010
12:45 pm

any of you remember Pilgreens in West End?
ever try their fried cauliflower?

….It’s just a memory now

Jeff

December 12th, 2010
2:41 pm

Fried chicken, cheese and jalapeno empanada at Havana off Buford Highway. Perfect crust, gooey cheese center. amazing.

Me, My, Mine

December 12th, 2010
2:53 pm

fried corn nuggets and fried mac n cheese balls at wings express

Dixie Cybill Presley

December 12th, 2010
3:42 pm

Scotch eggs! A boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. Served with English mustard and pickles.