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Nov 28, 2011 10:30 AM

Wickles pickles in Boston?

I was getting my fix at The Meat House in Brookline but they've stopped carrying them. Anyone seen them for sale elsewhere?

For those not familiar with these, they're a sliced sweet cucumber pickle with a serious jolt of hot chili. Generally speaking I'm a traditional Jewish dill and half sour kind of guy, but I got a taste of these a while back and was hooked immediately. I never liked any sweet pickles before, but these things are great, really intensely flavored.

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  1. Try the Shaws on Comm Ave near BU.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      Really? That's my regular Shaw's, but I've never noticed them there. Maybe I just haven't been looking closely enough - that would be great, thanks!

      1. re: BobB

        I believe that they serve Wickles pickles at Roast Beast, directly across Commonwealth from the Star Market. You might stop in and ask where they're getting them, but I think D.J. told us last year that they came from Star.

        1. re: Allstonian

          Yes, that's where I learned of them as well. That Star/Shaws had them at the time, but I haven't been there lately.

          1. re: Allstonian

            They do, that's where I first had them, but I assumed they were buying them in large wholesale jars. I'll be at Star tonight and will report back.

            1. re: BobB

              Nope - no Wickles at the Comm Ave Star, and they claim to have never heard of them. So I went across the street to Roast Beast, where they told me they got theirs from a restaurant supplies auction house in Quincy.

              Next stop: Stop & Shop in Brighton.

      2. Are these pickles to be found in the refrigerated section of a market or on an aisle shelf? I too love half sours but the thought of the hot chili is appealing.

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            1. re: BobB

              Pickles, pepper strips and pepper rings. $4.69/ea

                1. re: Allstonian

                  I shop regularly at the Brighton Stop and Shop, and they have them, at about that price as I bought mine there (and saw them when I was shopping last week). Not terribly impressed, as I wish they made a hot dill pickle as well as the sweet. The sweet pickle isn't my favorite. I prefer the Grillo's hot pickles found in the deli/refrigerated section.

          1. I saw them in the pickle section at Burlington Market Basket last week. Now that you have described them I will have to try them!

            1. Stop and Shop in Brighton has them, both the pickles and the pepper rings.

              1. If you're in desperate need of a fix, you can order directly from them:


                Now I want to try them...

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                1. re: threedogs

                  I looked into that but the shipping charges are almost as much as the pickles themselves.

                  1. re: BobB

                    High shipping charges are always distasteful. However when you figure in time and expense (gas, etc.) spent in tracking down a hard to find item, it helps to somewhat justify the expense.

                    1. re: Gabatta

                      Yeah, but if you can track it down locally (by our good Chowhound-ers) to save on the gas,etc., then it's wiser to buy locally (which is better anyway).

                      I'm way too cheap to spend that much on shipping.

                    2. re: BobB

                      BobB - did you check the regular pickle section at the Stop and Shop in Brighton (off North Beacon ST)? As I said, that is my regular supermarket, and they've had them the last few times I shopped (and that's where I bought them the one time I had them).

                      1. re: kimfair1

                        Not yet - I've been out of town this week and just got back last night. I'll definitely get over there this weekend.

                        1. re: BobB

                          I am almost positive that Allstonian and I have seen Wickles at that S&S.

                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                            They definitely have them. The pickles and the pepper rings.

                              1. re: BobB

                                Hooray!! So you got them at S & S in Brighton? I'll have to check to see if they have them when I make my trek to the Dollar Tree.

                                  1. re: BobB

                                    You know, I'm checking out any grocery store I happen to be in til I get over there. I love sweet pickles & love the combo of sweet & spicy-hot. Can't wait to try them.

                                    On a different note, Star/Shaw's on Mt. Auburn in Cambridge has Howard's relishes. Haven't seen them in years (now I haven't glanced much in the relish isles, so they actually might be in other stores, too). My parents used to love their pepper (not spicy) relish so we had it in the house all the time when I was growing up... a LONG time ago, hahaha. I was carrying too many bundles to pick some up, but next time - need to find out if it's as good as my memory (or if it's mostly nostalgia...)