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Trend spotting: fried nibbles

photo-37The other day we started off a meal at Salt Factory –  the Roswell gastropub — with a bowl of these spicy fried chickpeas. Crunchy on the outside, squishy on the inside, they were kind of fun to pop, pop, pop in the piehole with the first sips of beer.

I first encountered this snack at a tapas bar in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood called Tia Pol. Those were a bit firmer — perhaps a difference between canned and fresh, reconstituted chickpeas.

The owners of Salt Factory serve a similar snack of fried hominy at their nearby Mexican restaurant, Inc. Street Food. Love those.

Fried pickle chips are all over menus now, as well.

Are there any other interesting fried snack’ums on menus these days that we should be on the lookout for.

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steph

August 4th, 2010
9:05 am

Fried jalepenos at Fox Bros are delicious, but not all that interesting

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Muffin

August 4th, 2010
9:56 am

I first had fried chickpeas at Marlows at the Doubletree in Tucker last year. They weren’t bad, but it wasn’t anything i would run back and order again. The server kept saying it looked like a bowl of weird cereal.

M

August 4th, 2010
11:20 am

Fried green beans at Wallace Barbecue | 3035 Veterans Memorial Highway | Austell, Georgia 30168 | Phone: (770) 739-1686.

A

August 4th, 2010
1:38 pm

Fried black eyed peas at Relish in Roswell

Steve

August 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

Fried spinach at Nickiemotos. Like nothing i’ve ever had. Definitely needs to be eaten there as it tends to lose the crunch with take-out.

Andy

August 4th, 2010
7:50 pm

Had a great fried Japanese eggplant with agave nectar at Holy Taco in East Atlanta. Great combo.

alan

August 5th, 2010
3:16 pm

My Wife and I used to eat fried chickpeas as kids in Brooklyn. They were fried with pepper and eaten almost as you would popcorn. In Yiddish it was called “arbis” My wifes family and mine both made it years ago. I think street vendors made it too, but my memory is unclear on that point. It was very good .

Art

August 10th, 2010
5:43 pm

Fried basil… I grow it in my garden… Make a tempura batter and dip the basil leaves in it. Fry in peanut oil until they’re golden brown… Sprinkle a little Kosher salt on them… Really good! I do the same thing with garden-grown jalapenos… They’re great on Tilapia tacos….