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Mardi Gras Grill

Fry this: Foods that people have deep-fried include Twinkies; Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way and Mars candy bars; cream eggs; ice cream; Oreo cookies; cheesecake; pizzas; cheeseburgers; mac and cheese; and even Coca-Cola, which is simply poured into and mixed with the batter before frying. Add to the list the fried pickles ($3.99) at Mardi Gras Grill (1200 Durham, 713-864-5600). Once you start eating them, it's hard to stop. Thick slices of dill pickle are lightly breaded, then deep-fried. The result is a crispy exterior and a crunchy interior that retains the pickle's tanginess. Dipped in ranch dressing and spritzed with lemon, they make the perfect finger food.

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