Road trippin’: Gluten-free fried pickles at Hot Mama’s in Eugene, Ore.

GF fried pickles!

After the previous day’s fried food indulgence, I’d caught the itch.

We planned to stop in Eugene for lunch on our way back to Brookings. A quick Yelp search turned up Hot Mama’s Wings.┬áMany of the menu items — including the wings and the fried stuff — are gluten-free.

It was hard for me to decide what to get. The chicken fried bacon? Onion rings? Mac n’ cheese?

I ended up going with the fried pickles because I had never ever had them, even before I went gluten-free. And just because it had been a long time since I had such a thing, I got the basket of chicken tenders and tots.

I also shared some of BK’s hot wings. The daytime special was nine wings, fries and a drink, so he had that.

Chicken strips and tots

I thought everything was really tasty. Having never had fried pickles, I was very pleased with them. I was concerned they’d be overly soggy but somehow the ones at Hot Mama’s maintained their crisp. The chicken was very well-breaded and the tater tots were extra crispy. I’m used to oven-baking them, which is a touch healthier, but deep-frying them certainly makes them more delicious.

Wings, minus Paul McCartney

I ordered far too much, of course.

I was so pleased to find all of these gluten-free options in Oregon. Such a nice treat. It’s probably good they aren’t closer though, because I think I might have gone into fried food overload if I had any more. It’s delicious once in a while, but I think that’s my limit.


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