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A-1 Eastern-Homemade Pickle Company in Los Angeles

SoCal Foodie Sep 3, 2009 09:50 AM

Plan on making a visit to A-1 Eastern-Homemade Pickle Company soon and wanted to get some feedback on the quality of their pickles and what varieties are recommended. Thanks!

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    allyoucanet RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 3, 2009 11:05 AM

    Can you buy their pickles directly from them?

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      SoCal Foodie RE: allyoucanet Sep 3, 2009 01:09 PM

      I called A-1 Pickle Company and spoke with Gary and he said they do sell to the public but in vast quantities. A minimum order for kosher dills would be 5 gallons. He told me they sell their pickles to most of the deli's in LA (including Johnnie's Pastrami). They are open M-F from 8:00am to about 2:45pm and close for lunch from 11:45am to 1:00pm.

      1832 Johnston St (x=Main St)
      Los Angeles
      (323) 223-1141

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        allyoucanet RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 3, 2009 11:19 PM

        Did they used to sell retail through a name like "Homade Pickles"? I seem to remember seeing refrigerated jars at the supermarket a long time ago. The labels had a hand drawn barrel on the label...similar to one on the front of their building.

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          lolabelow RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 24, 2009 06:47 PM

          Any idea if they sell the 1/2 sours and full sours to Nate 'n Al's? I love those pickles.

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            SoCal Foodie RE: lolabelow Sep 25, 2009 01:21 PM

            Spoke with Gary at A-1 and he informed me that they sell their pickles to Nate 'n Al's too.

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        SoCal Foodie RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 17, 2009 02:13 PM

        Stopped by A-1 Pickle Company yesterday and bought a 5 gallon container of kosher dills, which is a minimum order for kosher dills when sold to the public, and they were a bargain at $18. The nice man working at the plant (Gary) recommended that the public call in their orders at least one day in advance instead of showing up spontaneously. Gary was nice enough to give me a brief tour of the factory and informed me that they sell their pickles to most of the deli's in LA and also Tommy's. The kosher pickles I bought were the same ones they sell to Johnnie's Pastrami - so delicious!!!

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          mikester RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 21, 2009 10:52 AM

          I wonder if Canter's buys them there ? Went recently and LOVED the pickles. The rest of the lunch was pretty good as well, better than I'd expected.

          Chopped liver and pastrami....

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            SoCal Foodie RE: mikester Sep 22, 2009 02:14 PM

            I was informed by A-1 that Canter's is one of the few deli's in LA that makes their own pickles.

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              mikester RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 23, 2009 10:48 AM

              Wow, thanks for the info !

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            SIMIHOUND RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 23, 2009 01:30 PM

            eighteen a gallon or for the five gallon? I think either way its cheap.

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              SoCal Foodie RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 23, 2009 01:56 PM

              I paid $18 for a 5 gallon container of the best kosher dills I've ever eaten - what a bargain!

          3. JEN10 RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 18, 2009 07:48 AM

            We went to Johnnie's for the first time Monday. Those pickles are DELICIOUS!!!!!!! I brought home the ones that were not consummed, gobbled them up throughout the day. I am craving them as we speak.

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              malibumike RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 23, 2009 02:49 PM

              When I worked for Department of Water and Power in the late 60's into 70's we used to buy 4 gallons at a time and they were the best. I think Tommys Hamburger gets their great yellow chillis from there too. I will contact them to buy their 5 gal. Thanks. Oh we would get the kosher dills.

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                wwwwwizarduh RE: malibumike Sep 26, 2009 05:49 AM

                read this post and had to check it out drove from alta loma definatly worth my time picked up a 5 gallon kosher dill.they actually made it in front of me.wow what an old school operation.sliced a bunch up when i got home to hurry process 3 days later bam.pickle nirvana.should note im slightly pickled obsessed.must be hereditary as ive passed it on to my kids and grandkids.another favorite is phillipes pickled beets.uncomparable i begged the recipe from them and it worked. as an aside if anyone knows of similar places in the area please share thanks in advance jim

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                  coconutz RE: wwwwwizarduh Jul 28, 2010 11:27 AM

                  The Farm Store at CalPoly Pomona has a large assortment of pickles, pickled vegetables and all kinds of relishes, chow chow etc at Cal Poly. Also cheeses, wine and produce. Plants too. I haven't tried any yet, a little pricy, but the pickles sure looked good and I plan to. I get get a bag of super sweet and juicy naval oranges for cheap about a month ago.

              2. monku RE: SoCal Foodie Sep 26, 2009 06:05 AM

                I'm tempted to stop in and buy a 5 gallon container of the pickles they use at Johnnie's.
                My question is do they have to be refrigerated? I don't think a 5 gallon container is going to fit in my refrigerator.

                BTW...looks like it's a block away from Dino's Chicken and Burgers on Main St. and Griffin Ave.

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                  wwwwwizarduh RE: monku Sep 26, 2009 06:39 AM

                  yes they need to be refrigerated share with a few friends. but mine are mine all mine

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                    monku RE: wwwwwizarduh Sep 26, 2009 07:38 AM

                    I don't know any pickle fanatics. Are the 5 gallon containers packed tightly with pickles?
                    Thinking maybe I can repack them in one gallon Zip Loc bags and then fit them in my fridge.

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                      SoCal Foodie RE: monku Sep 26, 2009 08:07 AM

                      Yep, the pickles need to be refrigerated for freshness. I was able to fit a 5 gallon container of pickles in my fridge, but just barely. The pickles are not packed tightly in the 5 gallon containers.
                      Parking can be a problem since it's all street parking in that area and I had to go around the block several times before I finally found a spot and that was a block away. The nice man working at A-1 (Gary) let me move my car afterwards into their factory lot so I wouldn't have to carry that heavy 5 gallon container down the street.

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                  Lets Go Eat RE: SoCal Foodie Feb 17, 2010 04:14 AM

                  I usually buy Bubbies pickles....how does this A-1 brand compare?

                  1. monku RE: SoCal Foodie Jul 25, 2010 11:21 PM

                    This has been driving me crazy the last few days...
                    The other day I was at Dino's which is around the corner from the A-1 ....Pickle Company and noticed the lettering on the truck driving by is spelled "HOMADE"....is that a correct spelling ?
                    Then I Googled the business and it's spelled "HOMADE".

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                      ClydeRabbit RE: monku Jul 26, 2010 10:52 PM

                      Yup they do spell it Homade.

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                        SIMIHOUND RE: monku Jul 27, 2010 08:07 PM

                        I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago. I was real impressed. They offer a lot of products including picked tomatoes. Some products are jarred and sold by the case and some are not. Prices are the same as was quoted in this post before. I am having trouble getting down there but I will soon. Call before going so that they can prepare your order. I just remembered that they were working on their website too.

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