all-frickled-up-fricklesWhat the frickle is a frickle? If you’re a pickle connoisseur or even a smitten admirer, you probably know. If you don’t know, well let’s just say you’re missing a slice <or spear> of heaven. My first encounter with frickles occurred in Louisville, Kentucky. Home of the Kentucky Derby, the “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” world boxing champ – Muhammad Ali, and my dear husband{then boyfriend – maybe the frickles sealed the deal?} – the origins are important. A pickle lover my entire life – mostly dill, but friends to many and the friend yes, who delivers pickles with every entertaining event including our wedding feast – and a frickle virgin that is, until 2007. That first tasting experience was impish. I was pickled tink to find such an impeccable treat. Much to my dismay however, I could not locate the freaking frickles when I returned home to Delaware. Hmph! 2010 – was a new decade. I was shocked and delighted to find frickles on the menu in southern Delaware’s First town and my birthright – Lewes at Irish Eyes Restaurant. Since then, the concept has morphed all over Delaware but not so much North as I would like but the presence is admirable. Oh wait, I still haven’t told you what frickles are, right? Crispy FRIED PICKLES, but of course! Try just one, two, three – you too may soon be a frickle lover too.

Frivolous Frickle Findings in Delaware!


frickles-cheeseburger in paradiseMY#1 PICK – Cheeseburger in Paradise Bar & Grill | Newark

Claussen® pickle chips breaded and fried, served with a sweet horseradish dipping sauce. These are my favorite primarily because I prefer the slices over spears taste as well as the presentation. And just look at the load of frickles in that basket(left). Oh, that sweet horseradish dipping sauce is a perfect match( with which I’m smitten) with these slightly spicy little crisps of heaven. “Have a piece of sweet escape.”  Jimmy Buffet nails it with his First Wave of FRICKLES. “We all need a dose of Paradise; an oasis where you can leave the everyday stresses behind and let the rhythm of the ocean soothe your senses.” Exactly.

frickles-ulysses-gastro pubUlysses American GastroPub | Marsh Road, Wilmington

These(photo on left) are probably the most extreme and unrivaled spears I’ve experienced yet.  And the first batch I could not finish. I loved them but by god, they puckered my mouth like a fish so much I think it sealed shut before I could finish the job. Ulysses frickles have magnum twang with a beer battered deep fried crisp like no other. These might be worthy of a nomination with visit from Adam Richman(Man vs Food). You’ve got our vote. Chef Alex – cheers to you for rocking the LOCAL charts!

Buffalo Wild Wings | Wilmington, Newark, Bear, Rehoboth

B-Dubs! From the sharables menu, these crunchy dills are sliced just right topped with a simple southwest ranch dipping delight.

Purple Parrot Grill | Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach

An ample basket of lightly breaded fried dill chips with a kick of spicy ranch dressing on the side – worth sharing. Much like Cheeseburger in Paradise these are a mini feast of heaven. Plus the atmosphere at PPG is one of the most happening in Rehoboth. We’ll be back for more!

Irish Eyes | Canalfront, Lewes

The alma matter. Breaded dill crispy pickles, served with sriracha mayo. A handful of spears with just the right mix of spice and kick – warning sriracha is a hot sauce made from red chili peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, and sugar – it’s hot and tangy with just a hint of sweetness then Irish eyes finishes by layering with mayo to make it polite – YUM.

Bethany Blues | Lewes & Bethany Beach

Another basket slice of heaven, crispy dills dipped in smokehouse seasoning topped with sweet honey mustard. As they say “Life’s as only good as the sauce”. Worth every penny.


The margins have to be plentiful(right?) – whole pickle 25 cents, batter 10 cents – frickle experience, priceless.

 PLEASE TRY THIS AT HOME>Make Your Own:  Fried Pickles

healthy-delicious_oven-fired-picklesOven “Fried” Pickles with Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

Yields about 40 pickles (5 pickles per serving) 

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Total Time:  45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed & Light Ranch
  • 2 Tablespoons Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Southwest Seasoning
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 cups Dill Pickle Slices


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the dressing, yogurt, hot sauce, cumin, and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 450F.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, and southwest seasoning. In a second bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Dip the pickle slices into the egg wash, then coat with breading. Place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly spritz the tops of the pickles with olive oil spray. Bake 10 minutes; flip and bake another 10 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce.



Tell us where we can find more LOCAL FRICKLES! Locations anywhere in North Delaware, PLEASE let us know right away! Comment below or Email us [email protected]. Thank you in advance!