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2004/11/09 14:00:52 (permalink)

The BEST Pickles???

I would have to say the best Pickles are made by a little company in Detroit called Topor's - Any other good Pickles out there anywhere?

Topor's Pickles
2850 Standish
Detroit, MI 48216
Tel: (313) 237-0288

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    UncleVic
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 14:06:46 (permalink)
    Ditto on the Topors! Even seen them on the Food Network a few weeks ago!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 14:35:34 (permalink)
    My friend came back from visiting her family in Michigan and brought me a jar of "Bessinger's Ol' Fashioned Fresh Pack Little Dill Pickles." I think they are just fantastic. Could Michigan be a hidden pickle capital of the US?
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 15:17:24 (permalink)
    My favorites are a brand called "Gedney's State Fair Norwegian Dills". Gedney's is a local pickling company in Minnesota that has taken award winning pickle recipes from the Minnesota State Fair and produced them. The Norwegian Dills are a spicy, quality pickle as good as any I've ever eaten.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 15:31:01 (permalink)
    Thats 3 votes for Michigan Pickles, 1 for Minnesota...
    So far so good Meowzart!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 19:04:50 (permalink)
    At Poverty Pete's suggestion, I've ordered from these guys, and everything so far has been yummy.

    http://www.picklelicious.com/
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 19:21:36 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    This is Roddenbery's, Cates, and Mt. Olive pickle country. I sincerely doubt that either Cairo, Georgia (Roddenbery's home), Mount Olive, North Carolina, or whatever small N. C. town Cates is located in have a local Rabbi to bless anything: I can just visualize the Cairo folks having to call on the Rabbi from either Bainbridge or Thomasville to come supervise a run of Kosher pickles; same with calling one in from Greenville or Fayetteville, North Carolina!
    The best Kosher pickles I ever had were some a friend ran across in a Russian food store in Atlanta: they were either from Bulgaria or Romania, I forget which... I reeked of garlic for a week after eating only two or three! (I never refuse anything exotic foodwise that is offered to me, and this time my friend was right on!)
    Ah, the memory of being nearly waist-deep in garlic....
    Uncucumberedly Hardly In A Pickle But Gherkin Myself Back To Reality, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 19:23:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by UncleVic

    Originally posted by UncleVic

    Thats 3 votes for Michigan Pickles, 1 for Minnesota...
    So far so good Meowzart!

    And one for Joisey + one for overseas now...


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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 20:28:38 (permalink)
    I don't know where they originally come from, but my favorites are the half sours at Katz's Deli in NYC. They are one of my favorite things to wash down the corned beef sammich.

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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/09 20:44:15 (permalink)
    Give me a break! The best, without a doubt, are not in a jar in a market but fresh from the barrel in the Lower East Side in NYC. Guss's formerly on Essex Street has moved to Orchard Street( as a result of a partnership dispute,I'm sure)(they ship nationwide-call 516-569-0909) while their old location is now The Pickle Guys- www.nycpickleguys.com/aboutus.html Both stores are closed Saturdays.

    Katz's Deli must get their pickles from one of these places.

    I prefer the sour, not the half sour. I also brought home pickled sweet peppers from Guss's.

    If you like jar pickles, try Don Hermann's from Ohio or Batampte from Brooklyn.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/10 07:40:22 (permalink)
    Anybody know if Gus' Pickles is still open on the lower east side in Manhattan? They used to have the best, straight from the vat. I'd take a jar and snack on them during the day.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/10 08:00:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by acer2x

    Give me a break! The best, without a doubt, are not in a jar in a market but fresh from the barrel in the Lower East Side in NYC. Guss's formerly on Essex Street has moved to Orchard Street( as a result of a partnership dispute,I'm sure)(they ship nationwide-call 516-569-0909) while their old location is now The Pickle Guys- www.nycpickleguys.com/aboutus.html Both stores are closed Saturdays.


    It's not at the SAME location. It is on Essex a few doors north and is run by Allen who ran Guss's before the dispute. I hear that Guss's get's their product from a wholesaler in the Bronx. I go to Allen.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/10 08:44:58 (permalink)
    sorry just have to chime in on the whole "blessing" reference that Ort mentioned. The kosher process is about supervision, not "blessing". A rabbi never blesses something to make it kosher, neither does it have to be a rabbi necessarily that does the supervision. Just so happens most of them are.

    Favorite pickles are Gus's or Paterson.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/11 15:17:42 (permalink)
    Caines is our local brand. They used to be made in Deerfield, Mass. Caines, based in Ayer Mass sold the pickle biz a few years ago. The pickles still have the same Caines trademark, but are not related to the mayonise of the same name. They also once made a decent potato chip. I think that some of their pickles are now imported. I am not a big pickle fan, but when I eat them I prefer a fresh refrigerated half sour deli type. Trader Joes are not bad, but variable in quality. During the growing season, I often "recharge" a half empty jar with fresh cukes. The fresh cukes are ready after a day or two in the solution, and they are nice and crisp.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/11 15:43:54 (permalink)


    I have ordered from both The Pickle Guys at http://www.nycpickleguys.com and also Picklelicious at http://www.picklelicious.com , and with the exception of both being expensive to ship, they are the real thing.

    I agree with the above posters that they are excellent.

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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/11 15:45:44 (permalink)
    Referring to the M*A*S*H party post, we ordered Packo's Pickles from Toledo and they were great!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/11 17:30:31 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Route 11

    Referring to the M*A*S*H party post, we ordered Packo's Pickles from Toledo and they were great!


    They have one kind that I think they call "Sweet Hots". Excellent! Several times a year I'll go out on payday and load up on pickles, peppers, cheeses, crackers, and salami for the guys on my crew. (We work nights. We don't have many choices except for White Castle and chili.) The Packo's pickles have always been among the best.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/12 01:28:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.


    Uncucumberedly Hardly In A Pickle But Gherkin Myself Back To Reality, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens, Georgia.


    Now, THAT is BRILLIANT!!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/12 05:13:32 (permalink)
    I realize that the conversation is directed towards the more commercial pickles, but I just have to give kudos to my best friends mothers homemade pickles. They are so good that I request a jar full for my birthdays and christmas. I've knocked down many a mason jar full with a few cold beers.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/14 16:28:11 (permalink)
    For those that extol the praises of Gus's Pickles, they have a storefront on Orchard Street a block south of Delancy and I see there is also an outlet on Central Ave in Cedarhust (Long Island) New York.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/14 18:48:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by renfrew

    sorry just have to chime in on the whole "blessing" reference that Ort mentioned. The kosher process is about supervision, not "blessing". A rabbi never blesses something to make it kosher, neither does it have to be a rabbi necessarily that does the supervision. Just so happens most of them are.

    Favorite pickles are Gus's or Paterson.


    renfrew,
    That was my attempt at a joke-of-sorts rather than my trying to be accurate. I guess, spiritually speaking, though, it IS sort of a "blessing" situation, even if by extension - sort of like the priest blessing the fishing boats when they leave port. (In Tarpon Springs, Florida, it's a Greek Orthodox priest.)
    My thought was that some rural Southern rabbi (and there are more of those than you might think) would kvetch one day "Ach, I gotta go bless some pickles today!" And then he or she would trundle off to some teensy-town pickle factory where they were preparing to package Kosher dills or some such... just a humorous, ironic thought.
    Not Trying To Get Into A Pickle, Ort. Carlton in Chunchy Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/14 20:06:20 (permalink)
    GUSS PICLES ARE INCREDIBLE I LIKE THE SOUR DILL THIS SUCKER WILL PUCKER YOUR MOUTH BEYOND BELIEF. THEY ARE AGED IN BARRELS AND GIVE A KICK 5 STARS
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/14 21:35:10 (permalink)
    I travel alot ... quite often by car and have meandered into the occasional gas station that has pickles in a hermetically sealed plastic bag for sale -- most often right at the cash resister as if it were a big impulse-item.

    I have bought one or two -- but as I recall have never dared eat them.

    What is the deal with these southern-roadside-gas-station-single-serve-plastic-bag-pickles?

    Are there good brands? Better flavors? Warnings from the initiated?

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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/14 22:26:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by fcbaldwin



    I have ordered from both The Pickle Guys at http://www.nycpickleguys.com and also Picklelicious at http://www.picklelicious.com , and with the exception of both being expensive to ship, they are the real thing.

    I agree with the above posters that they are excellent.

    Frank


    I concur with the posters regarding these NYC pickle purveyors!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2004/11/25 11:42:08 (permalink)
    Yes Don Hermann's are very good also! They make them under their own name as well as make all the Nathan's brand pickles including the soon to be famous "Horseradish Pickles" Mmmmm gotta try em if you haven't yet!!

    Sounds weird but tastes sooooo good!
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2005/03/09 01:51:35 (permalink)
    "Mr. Pickle" in the Tri-County Flea Market on Hempstead Tpk, Levittown, NY. Terrific sour garlic pickles. Only open Fri/Sat/Sun, I think…
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2005/03/09 01:57:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

    I travel alot ... quite often by car and have meandered into the occasional gas station that has pickles in a hermetically sealed plastic bag for sale -- most often right at the cash resister as if it were a big impulse-item.

    I have bought one or two -- but as I recall have never dared eat them.

    What is the deal with these southern-roadside-gas-station-single-serve-plastic-bag-pickles?

    Are there good brands? Better flavors? Warnings from the initiated?




    The Van Houten's (not sure of the spelling,) aren't bad for bag pickles. I like the hot and the garlic, but they have a new one that I've been looking forward to trying. I think it's called the Little Pepe.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2005/03/09 23:18:20 (permalink)
    I just found the best pickles yesterday.

    I had to go into Bastrop, TX for an appointment, and I stopped by Maxine's for a late breakfast after I was done. (She runs a home-cooking cafe on Main Street.) I've been visiting Maxine's since early 2001, and I've often bought her homemade jellies and pickled peppers, but for some reason I had never bought a jar of her dill pickles.

    These things are mega-awesome, and I doubt I will ever buy any others.
    (That is, until Poverty Pete or pogophiles recommend something...)
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2005/05/31 06:52:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by acer2x

    Give me a break! The best, without a doubt, are not in a jar in a market but fresh from the barrel in the Lower East Side in NYC. Guss's formerly on Essex Street has moved to Orchard Street( as a result of a partnership dispute,I'm sure)(they ship nationwide-call 516-569-0909) while their old location is now The Pickle Guys- www.nycpickleguys.com/aboutus.html Both stores are closed Saturdays.

    Katz's Deli must get their pickles from one of these places.

    I prefer the sour, not the half sour. I also brought home pickled sweet peppers from Guss's.

    If you like jar pickles, try Don Hermann's from Ohio or Batampte from Brooklyn.
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    RE: The BEST Pickles??? 2005/06/10 23:00:13 (permalink)
    Gus' half sours. No comparison in the whole dang world......
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