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A-1 Eastern-Homemade Pickle Company in Los Angeles

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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  1. Can you buy their pickles directly from them?

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    1. re: allyoucanet

      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

      1. re: SoCal Foodie

        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.

        1. re: SoCal Foodie

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

          1. re: lolabelow

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

      2. 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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        1. re: SoCal Foodie

          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....

          1. re: mikester

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

          2. re: SoCal Foodie

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

            1. re: SIMIHOUND

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

          3. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: malibumike

                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

                1. re: wwwwwizarduh

                  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. 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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                1. re: monku

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

                  1. re: wwwwwizarduh

                    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.

                    1. re: monku

                      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.

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

                  1. 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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                      1. re: monku

                        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.