By Heidi Bethel

I should start by telling you that at the very moment I’m writing this story, I’m 35 weeks pregnant with our second son. And, boy does he love the salty, dill crunch of the almighty pickle. When the craving hits, there are several spots in the Sierra that offer their delicious take on the dilly classic. From fried to house made, here are the best places offering piquant goodness:

Fried Pickles

Briny in the BLC

Throughout the years, my husband and I have sampled fried pickles both near and far. As unofficial fried pickle aficionados, our favorite is the pile of golden goodness served at Great Basin Brewing Company. With two brewpubs in Reno, their willy dillys feature spears made exclusively for them by Nevada Brining Company using their house Ichthyosaur IPA. They are flash fried in the brewery’s Wild Horse Ale batter and served with a side of ranch. Could it get any better? nevadabrining.com; greatbasinbrewingco.com

Downtown, at Old Granite Street Eatery they take it up a notch with their house pickled vegetables. Be sure to checkout their happy hour weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. for specials on snacks, drafts and wine. Looking for a little heat? Spicy Pickle in South Reno serves their biting variety alongside delicious sandwiches, wraps and more. They even have a Pickle Club featuring the latest picklFacee news, gossip and discounts. oldgranitestreeteatery.com; spicypickle.com

Pickle time in Tahoe

In South Lake, relish those tasty gherkins while enjoying the amazing views at Artemis Lakefront Café. Their fried pickles are beer battered, deep fried and served with some seriously tasty dipping sauce. The walls are lined with pickle jars at Sidellis Lake Tahoe and the chef is always eager to offer a few samples of the goodies. Definitely try their beer brat boiled in house beer and served in a poppy seed bun with a side of beer mustard and house made pickled sauerkraut.  artemislakefrontcafe.com; sidellis.com

Brewforia Craft Beer Kitchen in Incline Village serves sweet-hot pickles made in house that are delicious. Enjoy the goodness along with some of the best beers in Tahoe. brewforia.com

In Verdi, pickle backs are big at Verdi Local Distillery. While this mama has yet to enjoy them, I’ve heard the garlic whiskey chased with a shot of the yummy marinated juices will leave you, well, pickled. verdilocaldistillery.com

Pickled fruit

Jarred for the taking

Want some preserved goodies to take home with you? Head to The Cork & More in South Lake for a whole slew of specialty foods that will have your taste buds singing salty. They even have an impressive olive bar packed with the good stuff. In Reno, Nevada Brining Company specializes in handcrafted artisanal complements including pickles, rubs, brines, sauces and more. Their products can be found in many local establishments and shops. thecorkandmore.com; nevadabrining.com

Well, I don’t know about you, but all this talk about pickles has got me hankering for the good stuff. I’m off to indulge and hope you will be, too!


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