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Pulaski Meats (and other stuff), Linden, NJ

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Had to recommend a good source for kielbasas, smoked ham and other lunch/deli good stuff, plus more.

Pulaski Meats, on S. Wood Ave. in Linden, NJ, just past the railroad viaduct as you enter town from the NJ Turnpike and 278 West. (Turn right at S. Wood.) Look for the red awnings. There is parking behind the building.

Where is Linden? Along NJ Turnpike, exit at 278 West, and you're within about a mile of the target.

Wife, mother-in-law and I have been going here for more than a year, driving down from Hoboken approx. bi-monthly. M-i-Law is born & raised near the Slovak-Polish border, so she knows her smoked meats. She likes this place.

What do they have? A wide range of smoked kielbasas, many types of European deli meats that you won't find anywhere else (not even in Wegmans), plus an assortment of pastries, rye and pumpernickel breads, a small fresh butcher counter in the back, and lots of Eastern European boxed and canned goods. Also, various forms of smoked trout, salmon and mackerel. The deli meats are wonderful -- bacon loaf, many forms of smoked hams, headcheese (hey, I like it), etc.

Pulaski is closed on Sundays. They have a Competitor right around the corner with an even better assortment of sausages, but smaller deli section and more cramped aisles. I very much recommend the competitor's "grilowa" sausages, which are perfect for grilling and eating on a hoagie roll. I can't remember the name, but you can see them, kitty-corner on the side street as you look across S. Wood.

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  1. Note -- the Competitor is open on Sundays -- you can swoop in on your way to the Shore for some grilling kielbasas.

    Might be N. Wood instead of S. Wood, said the wife.