737 S. Broadway, (410) 675-6297, maxs.com
Fried pickles and beer bars seem to go hand in hand: Alonso's makes them crinkle-cut chip-style, fried in tempura; Mahaffey's does chips too, but the breading is thicker and spicier, the pickles thinner. It's fitting that Max's-the undisputable king of beer bars in Baltimore-serves the best fried pickles we've encountered, not just in beer bars, but in any establishment with a kitchen in the city. The four thick spears that come with a (at $8.29, slightly too dear) order are covered in perfectly seasoned breadcrumbs, with a side of spicy aioli made with cayenne pepper, presented on top of a bed of freshly fried sea-salt (you can see the flecks of salt) chips generously sprinkled with fresh dill-the piece de resistance of the dish. We like 'em so much, we order two at a time.