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Wickles pickles in Boston?

  • BobB Nov 28, 2011 10:30 AM
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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: Gio

          Aisle shelf.

          1. re: BobB

            Thank you...

            1. re: BobB

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

              1. re: okra

                Where?

                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.

          2. 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:

                http://www.simsfoods.com/products

                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: kimfair1

                              Success! Thanks all.

                              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: threedogs

                                  Yup, S&S in Brighton.

                                  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...)

                  2. I know Hannafords in North Quincy carries both kinds of the relish, and they used to carry the pickles but I haven't seen them for a bit. It may be worth giving them a call. In the past when I was looking for andouille sausage they offered to order it. I've also ordered the 64oz jar from Wickles site and don't recall the shipping charges being that bad?

                    1. My hubby asked at the Meathouse, and they told him they ARE still carrying Wickles but had run out. If you get desperate in the meantime, Roast Beast on Comm Ave across from the Shaws sells jars.

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                      1. re: DrMag

                        Interesting - I asked twice at the Meat House. Once I was told that they were not planning to restock them since they didn't sell fast enough, the second time they told me their supplier no longer carried them. At that point I took the hint and started looking elsewhere. But they do have them at the Brighton Stop & Shop so all is well.

                      2. I saw them at the Dedham Whole Foods this weekend (at least I think I did)

                        1. $2.99 at Market Basket for their pickles and pickled okra.

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                          1. re: Infomaniac

                            Wickles does pickled okra? Hmmm...

                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                              oh yeah....not bad if you can find them.

                              1. re: Infomaniac

                                I love me some pickled okra (my ancestral hometown of San Angelo, Texas, is where most of this delicacy is produced), so I'm definitely interested. Which MB was this?

                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                  Haverhill...Lincoln Plaza by the Groveland bridge.

                          2. I happened to be in Chelsea this week, so I grabbed the chance to do a little bit of shopping at the MB mothership. Low & behold - they had Wickles Pickles! Picked some up & wow - those are GOOD!! (they had okra, too, but I passed on that one).

                            Don't know whether to thank you or curse you for my new addiction. ;-) haha - I seriously love these things... my two favorites combined, spicy-hot & sweet pickles.

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                            1. re: threedogs

                              Both pickles and okra on sale for $1.99 this week. Good time to stock up.

                              1. re: Infomaniac

                                My lonely jar is almost empty & I'm trying to figure in the time to get there for a few more. Thanks for the heads up on the sale!

                                1. re: Infomaniac

                                  The hounds must've been to the Somerville MB - they had the red and green relishes, and the pickled okra. But alas, no pickles or peppers today.

                                  On the plus side, Seabra down the road has my 'everyday' hotsauce.... Crystal :)

                                  1. re: okra

                                    That's what I thought happened at the Chelsea MB the other day. I was there & saw only the relish & hots... then realized the pickles were further down the aisle. Bought up a bunch, plus one each of said relish & hots. At $1.99, it's worth it.

                                    Carrying home those bags (bought too much to carry - but did it anyways) was a hoot on the bus. Workin' those arm muscles... :D

                                    1. re: okra

                                      Crystal available retail in Somerville. This is great news!
                                      I don't have to rely on my mother to send it to me anymore.
                                      I'll have to check this place Seabra out....is it a convenience/market type store?

                                      1. re: Infomaniac

                                        Oh dear - I'm afraid to ask, since I know my resistance to travel far and wide for a new taste is weak... but what is this Crystal you speak of??

                                        1. re: threedogs

                                          Crystal is called Louisiana's Pure Hot Sauce, and is just a great everyday hot sauce that goes great on just about anything. I look for things to try it with. I never get tired of it. For me it's more of a hot sauce for flavor than heat.

                                          It's nothing like Frank's, Texas Pete's, or Tobasco Sauce.

                                          I have a hard time finding it around here, and have my mom ship it or bring some if she comes up. She buy's it at Winn-Dixie down south.

                                          Baumer Foods who makes it has its history in hot sauce.

                                          I'd say it's must try if you've never had it, and like hot sauce on food.