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Looking for Jewish pickles in DC

I recently had some pickles from Attman's in Baltimore (a guy bought five of them and brought them to a 4th of July picnic). WHERE can I get similar pickles without trucking all the way to Baltimore? Anything in the DC/DC suburban Maryland metro area - groceries, gourmet markets, restaurants, delis, bodegas - anyplace that has similar salty/tangy/spicy treats. They were the best pickles I've ever had. They reminded me of the Hoffman's deli that used to be in Loehmann's Plaza in Rockville (and whatever happened to Hoffmans???).

Thanks for any and all help.

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  1. Are you saying they are better than Ba-Tempte Garlic Dill Pickles? (Available in many Safeway stores.)

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    1. re: Steve

      The Ba-Temptes are excellent (I've had both the garlic dill and the half-sours - love the half-sours), but these guys from Baltimore were really out of this world. I'm not sure how to explain, but there was something like a deeper level of spiciness in these. Absolutely the best.

    2. IMHO the pickles at Weis's on Lombard St in B'more are even better!!!

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      1. re: Hue

        weis's is like going to a grocery store. i'm scared to even step into that place. Attman's is the only authentic place south of new york in the md/dc area. Celeb Delly formerly on nebel st and then in potomac used to be pretty good until the owners sold to to the current group.

      2. Haven't been there yet but perhaps they have what you are looking for because Breadsoda in Glover Park makes their own.

        1. Are Jewish pickles made from Jewish cucmbers? :)

          I really like Deitz & Watson kosher dills. I buy them at Shoppers.

          1. There's a great pickle bar at Parkway Deli on Grubb Road (off East-West Hwy). You can get them when you eat in I haven't tried buying them "to go."

            1. Sorry, but it was Hoffberg's, not Hoffman's. In my opinion, it was never the same after Abe Hoffberg (thief that he was--you always had to check your bill to make sure there were no extra charges) sold to Zion. These days, Pumpernickles in Olney, MD has a pickle bar, which is worth the price of admission. I believe they are Batampte (all different varieties). If they would only replace their worn-out booths . . .

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              1. re: pgreen

                oh you have to tell your story about Abe now.

              2. The former Krupins deli (now K's or Morty's I think) on Wisconsin Ave in Tenleytown has excellent 'full sour' pickles and pickled tomatoes which they put on the table the minute you sit down. It makes the $12 sandwiches worth it.

                1. Pretty much, any of the Kosher markets will have barrel pickles.

                  1. the Rockville Farmers Market has a pickle guy now- selling several kinds of pickles, also olives and peppers out of barrels- even pickles on a stick.

                    1. I recall Shalom's in Wheaton having two pickle barrels. I remember them as being delicious, but it's been a long time.

                      1. I know the original post is a year old, so this may not benefit the OP. Others may be interested.

                        I recently discovered the best pickles I've ever eaten and I'm pretty picky about pickles. They're Guss's Kosher Pickles (Full Sours) which I found in the produce section at Roots Market in Olney. Bought them on a whim and now we can't get enough of them! They're very spicy with a garlicky taste. Guss's is located in Cedarhurst, NY. I'd love to know where else they might be available locally as Olney isn't very convenient for me on a regular basis. If there are no Guss's pickles in our refrigerator, it's a sad day at our house!

                        1. I don't know if you're up for it but they are ridiculously easy to make. 1.5 tbsp kosher salt per quart of water plus whatever spices you like (experiment) plus fresh small firm kirby cukes which are now at all local farmers markets. I add chopped garlic, chopped scallion, pepper corns, bay leaves as a base, plus one or mor of the following: whole celery seed, dried chiles, dill seed, fresh dill, whole allspice, fennel and/or coriander seed, put it in the fridge and voila, in three or four days you have perfect pickles. I make a fresh batch every week. I think i'll have one right now.