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Cover Story - Posted June 23, 2017 9:40 a.m.
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Sizing up the Sides

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Fries may be the typical burger sidecar, but why be typical? Amarillo’s beloved diners and dives offer a variety of less-starchy alternatives. Yes, they might all be fried, but they still totally qualify as vegetables. The city’s best side dishes:

Fried okra from Furrbie’s: Texas is where the American West meets the American South, so of course we eat fried okra here. What are we, savages?

Onion rings from Grills Gon’ Wild: Fresh-cut and expertly breaded. It is entirely possible to not like onions but devour these by the basketful.

Fried green beans from Wild Bill’s Fillin Station: If you can fry okra, then you can fry green beans, too. In fact, it’s a really good idea.

Chile sticks and jalapeño rings from Blue Sky: The fried Anaheim chile sticks have an incredible smoky flavor. The jalapeño rings are spicy hand-battered marvels. Compared to these, fries are just boring.

by Jason Boyett

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo”, a local interview podcast. Visit and
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