Fried Chicken at Ezell's Famous Chicken (501 23rd Ave, 324-4141)
You can't even mention fried food in this city and not have someone bring up Ezell's. With their original and spicy recipes, they have perfected fried chicken and chicken strips. All they need to do is put one of these suckers in the middle of Pioneer Square, keep it open until 3:00 a.m., and Seattle would finally have late-night food that matters. However, there is one on the Microsoft campus. Why do those people have everything?
Belgian Frites at Frites (925 E Pike St)
I take that back, we do have late-night food that matters. Frites is my fry-girl alma mater, and it's still good as hell. Twice-fried for the ultimate beer-belly gut bomb, frites (Belgian-style french fries) are cheap and available until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The $2.50 klein (small) size is more than one person can reasonably eat, but if you eat an entire groot by yourself, you get your picture up on the wall. Don't complain about the service—it's fast and efficient, and they know how drunk you are. Plus, with about 15 different dipping sauces—including adobo mayo, curry ketchup, and poblano ranch—you really have no reason to be a snot.
Fried Bananas at Saigon Deli (1237 S Jackson St, 322-3700)
Saigon Deli is best known for its tofu banh mi sandwiches, which Lindy West reviewed favorably a few weeks ago ["Banh Mi, Baby, One More Time," April 26]. She also mentioned that the deli had "the largest selection of refrigerated mysteries this side of actual Saigon." One of those mysteries was probably the deep-fried bananas. Wrapped in an egg-roll skin, deep fried, and then brushed with a sugar syrup, these tender little buggers are delicious at any temperature, which is good because sometimes you'll find them sitting on the counter instead of in the fridge. Plus, they cost like 50 cents or something. For that price, I'll eat 10.
Zeppole at Tavolàta (2323 Second Ave, 838-8008)
If you were unfamiliar with the ability of the deep fryer to produce things that are not greasy and oily, you would guess that Tavolàta's zeppole ($6) were made by magic. Only a magical dessert pixie could create these fluffy little doughnut balls, lightly flavored with lemon and sprinkled with powdered sugar. They even look like fairy food. You will most certainly eat every single one, but don't be depressed when you don't sprout wings.