Off the Beaten Plate: Fried Pickles at Jefferson’s Restaurant

Fried Pickles at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Massachusetts St.

Fried Pickles at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Massachusetts St.


Fried Pickles at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Massachusetts St.

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Jefferson’s menu is home to many, many fried things: oysters, shrimp, cheese sticks, mushrooms, corn nuggets and even fried bites of macaroni and cheese. But perhaps the restaurant’s most famous house specialty (in the fried category, at least) are its fried pickles.

Juicy, crinkle-cut dill pickle slices are encased in warm, crispy golden batter and piled — like any respectable fried bar food — in a paper-lined plastic basket. Lawrence may be the northernmost Jefferson’s location, but these toasty, tangy little discs are a reminder that the place started in the south.

Where to get it: Jefferson’s Restaurant, 743 Massachusetts St.

What you’ll pay: $5.99 for a whole order, $3.49 for a half.

Try it with: Ranch or blue cheese dressing. Your choice comes on the side.

Also on the menu: Oysters (raw on the half-shell or baked in various forms), chicken wings with a dozen sauces to choose from, burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and house-made peanut butter pie.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted (for better or worse) dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat menu item we should check out? Email food and features reporter Sara Shepherd at Tweet her at


peter brady 8 years, 6 months ago

That they are. It's not really off the beaten path when most of your musings are on or near Mass. St.

brew_crew122 8 years, 6 months ago

It's a shame they can't cook a burger correctly. After giving them multiple chances, I haven't been back.

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? I know for a fact these are prepackaged Sysco products. They aren't even of high quality compared to some of the much higher-end fried pickles carried by Sysco.

The employees open a plastic bag and dump them in a fryer. For a blog titled "Off the Beaten Plate," I would assume the blog would feature food that isn't low-end, prepackaged crap that can be found anywhere in the nation (Edit - or even just in Lawrence....).

Sara Shepherd 8 years, 6 months ago

Sure, fried pickles are served at a few other places in town, but in my opinion it's still a pretty kooky food (prepackaged or not). I always welcome suggestions for this feature if you have any good ones, just email Thanks! — Sara Shepherd, LJW

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