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Best Fried Pickles

Max’s Taphouse

737 S. Broadway, (410) 675-6297,

Fried pickles and beer bars seem to go hand in hand: Alonso’s makes them crinkle-cut chip-style, fried in tempura; Mahaffey’s does chips too, but the breading is thicker and spicier, the pickles thinner. It’s fitting that Max’s—the undisputable king of beer bars in Baltimore—serves the best fried pickles we’ve encountered, not just in beer bars, but in any establishment with a kitchen in the city. The four thick spears that come with a (at $8.29, slightly too dear) order are covered in perfectly seasoned breadcrumbs, with a side of spicy aioli made with cayenne pepper, presented on top of a bed of freshly fried sea-salt (you can see the flecks of salt) chips generously sprinkled with fresh dill—the piece de resistance of the dish. We like ’em so much, we order two at a time.

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