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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-09 14:43
Subject: [food] Looking for Portland restaurant recommendations, especially from former Austinites
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Tags:food, omaha, portland, texas
Even after ten years here, there's several things I can't find in Portland that I'd really like. I'm looking for recommendations from other Oregonians (or visitors) about where to find the following:

Fried Pickles. This would be battered, Southern fried pickles. I prefer dill chips, but spears are okay. Big Daddy's used to serve them, before the place folded. I used to eat them at Threadgill's in Austin.

Austin-style Tex-Mex. Damn, I miss Chuy's, and the Hula Hut. Chevy's comes sort of close, but it's a chain. Does anyone know where to get Austin-style Tex-Mex, with freshmade flour tortillas, here in Portland?

Midwestern Pork Sandwiches. The White Horse used to serve these, but it folded years ago. I get them several places in Omaha, but I haven't found anywhere else in Portland to enjoy battered pork goodness on a burger prep bun.

Thoughts? Recommendations? This is high end junk food people, it requires dedication and deliberation.

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User: e_bourne
Date: 2010-01-09 23:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Esparza's for tex mex. Austin's dad lived in Austin and swore it reminded him of Texas.

Clay's smokehouse was my fave for pork. Don't know how midwestern it was, but it was good.

Sorry to hear about Big Daddys. Liked that place.
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User: quantuminsanity
Date: 2010-01-10 01:04 (UTC)
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F.. f.. fried pickle...?
This is something I definitely haven't even heard of here in new zealand...
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2010-01-10 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've had one. It's a pickle which is dipped in batter and deep fried. Think salt and vinegar on chips but more vinegar (and possibly some garlic) and you'll come close to the taste.
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User: torreybird
Date: 2010-01-10 01:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fried pickle:
No restaurant recommendation, but the local doyenne of the Jam Economy makes exceptional pickles and fries some around Chanukah every year. I know I can get the recipe and tips, if you'd like to try it at home.
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User: daibheid
Date: 2010-01-10 01:34 (UTC)
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can't help you in oregon, but there's a place here near hartford that makes "killer dillers" that are probably exactly how you like fried pickles.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-01-10 03:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Please tell me if you find fried pickles... I LOVE THEM. *slobber*
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User: desperance
Date: 2010-01-10 18:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I ... had no idea that pickles could be fried. And I come, I remind you, from the land of the fried Mars Bar. I am kind of delighted to learn this, and now I want to eat it. In California, in March. If anyone has recommendations...?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-01-11 07:11 (UTC)
Subject: Fried Pickles
I myself am finishing up the cancer thing. Breast Cancer Nov 2008 it has been over a year and I still have things going on. Cancer free they say:)
Alright back to the fried pickles, funny that I saw this, we had dinner at Rambling Jacks in Olympia Washington and the nephew ordered FRIED PICKLES!!! I had never heard of them until 2010....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Fried Pickles
They be some good stuff, them fried pickles...
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User: djonn
Date: 2010-01-11 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I *think* that the winner of the "kid designs burger" contest recently held by Red Robin was the entry that involved deep-fried dill pickles. In which case you could at least get them on the relevant featured burger.

I've no idea as to the pork sandwiches, and not much on the Tex-Mex; the closest I can think of here on the west side is Big Red's (off of the Sunset Highway at Sylvan), but they are really rather more Tex than Mex. (My niece and nephew dearly love the tortilla machines at Chevy's, however, and must visit multiple times when they're up from SoCal.)

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