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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Local Flavor: Deep-Fried Pickles at Weird Fish

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 3:54 PM

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This is how you tell if you have the right out-of-town guest as opposed to the wrong out-of-town guest: "There is a place," you say, "where they have deep-fried pickles. Would you like to go?" This can also be used as a gauge of a) who gets to be the father/mother of your child; b) who is worthy to receive your kidney for transplant; and c) who can marry into your family. If they respond with childlike wonder and a sense of adventure, they're in.

So when you take them to Weird Fish and order up a plate of Yo-Yos ($6), a pickle spear coated in tempura batter and fried might seem like all kinds of terrible. But then you take that first bite, experiencing the crunch of batter and the dense vinegar tang under knobbly-smooth pickle skin, and your faith in culinary experimentation is reaffirmed. No longer do you feel stupid for all the godawful things you've tried over the course of your life because they looked "interesting." (Not even for that unfortunate experience with the truffled corn nuts at Alembic, when you should have known better.) All is golden under the battered pickle halo.

Weird Fish 2193 Mission (at 18th St.), 863-4744

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