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Jul 29, 2010 07:24 PM


I love pickles but not the sweet option. Any suggestions? This isn't limited to cucumbers and could include anything really, spicy or not.

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  1. There's a stand at the Midtown Farmer's Market (and probably at other farmers markets) where they sell a wide variety of pickles, cucumber and otherwise.

    1. I had a really awesome pickle with my burger at Strip Club Meat and Fish a couple of months ago. I asked where they got their pickles so I could buy some, but it turns out them make the pickles themselves (I was not surprised, but a bit disappointed that I could not buy a jar of them somewhere to have at home). They also had fried, pickled vegetables on their small plates menu a couple weeks ago that I really enjoyed.

      The Strip Club
      378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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      1. re: LauraB

        TSC pickles rule. I often ask for an extra one, or if I can get one with a meal that doesn't normally come with a pickle! They're nice enough to oblige....

      2. I like the half sour pickle's at Mort's. They are very crisp and garlicky. It's like eating a garlicky cucumber. Also, I'm not sure if this is up your alley, but when I think of pickles or pickled foods, I think of kimchi (even though they are not technically pickles). Cucumber, cabbage, daikon, etc. You can buy kimchi at the Korean markets, as well as general asian markets.

        United Noodles Asian Supermarket
        2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

        Kim's Oriental Market
        689 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

        Dong Yang Oriental Food
        735 45th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

        Mort's Delicatessen
        525 Winnetka Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427

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        1. re: BigSal

          Mort's is likely just opening jars of Batampte brand half-sour can buy a jar of them at Fishman's Market in St Louis Park for around $3, they are very good. Also Chef Shack makes a lot of their own pickles and condiments that they set out for customers to top their fries, burgers or whatever with.

          Chef Shack
          No formal address, Minneapolis, MN

          1. re: faith

            re:Mort's- I thought I remember them saying that they are flown in fresh. At times they have been out because they are very perishable, but I will try the Batampte brand at Fishman's to compare. Thanks!

            1. re: BigSal

              just got a funny picture in my head of a plane full of half sour pickle spears, one to a seat....

              1. re: faith

                I think they come via truck . . . but it is a funny image.

              2. re: BigSal

                Mort's shipped in from the Carnegie Deli in new york. If they are still doing it, best half sours around.

                1. re: Latinpig

                  Costco carries Carnegie pickles...or used to.

            2. re: BigSal


              I agree wholeheartedly with your kimchi recommendation. I love the stuff. By itself or on top of a bowl of medium grain semi-sticky rice the way I had it in Hawaii.

              Put a fried egg on the top, stir it all together and it's a heck of a breakfast.

              When I'm feeling lazy, I just buy the refrigerated Claussen pickles. I don't think they are horrible.

              P.S. The Batampte's are available at Cecil's in St. Paul if you live on the east side.

            3. Don't laugh at flying in pickles. I ordered from guss's pickles in NY. They're really good.

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              1. re: alpa chino

                Tempting, but then I have to commit to a gallon of them for $60.