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A-1 Eastern Pickle Company

After being told a long time go about A-1 Eastern Pickle in downtown LA. I finally got down there. It only took me six years and I also got my first visit to Langers out of it afterwards. After eating these pickles I was really in the mood for Langers believe me. Progressing from the taste of the fresh pickles and then to eating the best pastrami sandwich I have ever had was amazing. It was a cheap Chowhound culinary experience indeed.

I called in advance and was told if I was buying five gallons or less I didn't need to call ahead. The building looks small from the outside for a place that supplies so many pickles to so many places. I walked into the office and a receptionist explained that they have a few varieties of pickles but to talk to the guy outside. She explained that five gallons now cost $25.00 and took my money. I walked back to the pickling area and a guy comes out and explains that the half sours are what I really want and proceeds to get a five gallon bucket together for me. He brought it out with a sample of the pickles and gave me a taste. The pickles were almost exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for pickles about 10% more sour but he explained they would cure more in the refrigerator. The man hoisted the pickles on his shoulder and took them out to my car and told me to be sure to refrigerate them. I checked the pickles today and they are really good, getting more sour as I had hoped they would. Note-the bucket is very heavy, maybe fifty pounds so be sure to have help at home if you need it.

A-1 Eastern Pickle Company
1832 Johnston St Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 223-1141

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    1. re: jessejames

      I found it on this board in about 2006. It took me a while to get down there.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6497...

    2. They serve these fuckers at the Apple Pan too if I'm not mistaken. Their truck is always parked out front for the morning delivery.

      But the interesting thing is that the pickles at the Pan are not usually sour.

      They most assuredly have a plethora of different types of pickles.

      1. What took you so long to get to both of these joints ????

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        1. re: kevin

          I always have had Brent's for deli so it's not like I have been lacking for good deli. I also have been busy. Wife struggled with school and a new career. I also live far away from downtown LA and I am not a fan of traffic.

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            I see. No worries. Just curious.

            1. re: SIMIHOUND

              I once saw A1's delivery truck at Brent's. Unless something has changed since then, I would assume they are still Brent's pickle vendor.

              1. re: Professor Salt

                Yes I was aware of that. I know they make pickles for a large variety of restaurants, especially the Deli's. I went down there myself because my wife wasn't happy with the pickles we had eaten in the last year or so, even at Brent's. I wrote it off to supply and demand. Also I am sure the restaurant's don't have a large space always available to refrigerate the pickles which themselves don't make any money.

          2. I once saw a barrel behind the counter at Tommy's Hamburger that said A1 Eastern Pickle Co. Years ago we used to buy them during work when I worked for Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, they only sold at the time to business, circa 1970.

            1. So, asking an obvious question, no one else has..... How on earth do you refrigerate 5 gallons of pickles?!

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  The bucket fit fine in the bottom of my garage fridge...No problem!

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    Yes, having a second refrigerator must be key!

                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    I was thinking the same thing. Have no room for that in my fridge. But you can buy less than 5 lbs, yes? Thanks!

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      I actually don't know that answer. Sorry! I tell you one thing, I am up to my knees in pickles and giving them away like crazy. Four of the pickles are large enough to fill a standard jar. I am not sure I would do this again. I am OD's on pickles and it's too much. I need space for my turkeys in the fridge soon.

                      1. re: SIMIHOUND

                        Oh no! You're in a pickle! Sorry, couldn't help it! I'd say I could help take some off of your hands, we are a pickle-loving family..... But you're a bit far out there to drive for pickles! I would be freaking out too, as yes, it's getting close to turkey time!

                        1. re: SIMIHOUND

                          They are a wholesale supplier, after all.

                          And I'm pretty sure they are the purveyor of pickles to the Pan.

                    2. Why is it that I am just now hearing about this place for the 1st time?