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Zaxby’s Earns Accolades for Seriously Satisfying Fried Pickles

Proving once again the power of its varied menu, saucy chicken chain Zaxby’s is gaining recognition for a fan favorite that doesn’t cluck — their very own Fried Pickles. According to USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Zaxby’s Fried Pickles are worthy of Best Fast Food Sides recognition. The reason for this award, earned via fan votes after a panel of experts nominated 20 different dishes in each category? The USA Today team notes that the Fried Pickles have a “satisfying combination of crunch and tang” that makes them instantly recognizable and always in demand.

While the side was initially meant to be a limited addition to the menu, Patrick Schwing, Zaxby’s chief marketing and strategy officer, knew that saying goodbye to this fan favorite would have been a serious mistake. He said, “Being recognized nationally by our brand fans and the readers of USA Today is validation that Zaxby’s Fried Pickles are a unique twist on a beloved Southern staple.” And, in appreciation of that pickle love, he said, “That’s why we made this craveable side a permanent menu item.”

Pickles, Zalads®, and More

What makes Zaxby’s Fried Pickles so award-worthy? They’re created from fresh dill pickles cut thinly for maximum crunchiness. The slices are given a light dusting of cornmeal breading before heading to the fryer — and your plate. And, because it’s a Zaxby’s dish — and this chain is all about the sauces — Fried Pickles are served with the fresh buttermilk and herb-infused Ranch Sauce, a smooth and perfect counterpart to that crispy, crunchy goodness.

Now, the Fried Pickles earned a permanent spot on the menu at all participating Zaxby’s franchise locations back in 2022. But it’s far from the only dish to get a return roster invitation due to popular demand. Just this summer, Zaxby’s brought back its Southwest Zalad® after a two-year absence, giving fans another opportunity to enjoy the unique blend of mixed greens, fire-roasted corn, crunchy tortilla strips, sliced Roma tomatoes, and Cheddar Jack cheese, all topped with Zaxby’s grilled or hand-breaded chicken.

Of course, while temporary and returning menu items often grab the spotlight, there are plenty of staples that deserve their own accolades. After all, Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich is a two-time recipient of Thrillist’s Fasties Award for Best Fried Chicken Sandwich. And, for most Zaxby’s devotees, there’s nothing like the made-to-order Chicken Fingerz™, especially when served with that delectable Zax Sauce® that keeps everyone coming back for more.

Hankering for something sweet? A recent menu addition — the Classic Funnel Cake with Caramel Sauce — has you covered with all its powdered sugar-topped goodness. And, whatever you desire, be sure to download the Zaxby’s app — available on Google Play and the Apple App Store — for an easy way to order in advance. While you’re at it, sign up for the Zax Rewardz™ program, either through the app or online at As soon as you do, you’ll start earning rewards and freebies, with every dollar you spend adding up to 10 easily-redeemable rewards points, making those crispy, crunchy Fried Pickles all the more satisfying.

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