Flint and Genesee County, MI fried pickle lovers have several choices when it comes to dining out. But that doesn't mean each experience is equal.

We'll give you the Top 12 places to find the best fried pickles in our area. Plus, a pretty good recipe if you want to make them at home.

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Fried pickle chips? Or fried pickle spears?

This is about to sound pretentious, but it's just experience.

  • Rarely does a fried pickle spear satisfy your craving the way a fried pickle chip does. Spears are thicker. So, the frying process gets them hot and crispy on the outside.
  • But rarely does a fried pickle spear do anything but fly out of the breading when you take a bite. Or the breading just falls off leaving you with a hot pickle. (Insert jokes here.)
  • Not all fried pickle spears are bad. That's why several made our list. (Only one spear-type made it in the Top 5.)

Here's what makes the best fried pickle chips.

  • They're thinly sliced with just the right amount of batter.
  • It's almost like a crispy potato chip. Lightweight, full of flavor and crunchy. 

Of course, these can be over-battered or cut too thick... which makes our #1 pick better than the rest.

Make your own at home.

Nobody is paying us for our opinion on any of this, including this great recipe (here) to make at home.

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Here are the best from #12 to #1. Happy taste testing all around Genesee County.

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