Take it from me, a known pickle addict - some of the best pickles I have ever eaten are made here in Boston! Grillo's Pickles have been around for a few years but are really just starting to make a name for themselves now. I was introduced to these amazing spears at the Phantom Gourmet Food Fest in 2009 and have salivated over them ever since.
Funnily enough, Travis Grillo started selling his family's pickle recipe from the back of his car! Next, he moved to Boston and sold them from a pickle cart...the first pickle cart in the world. (You can still stop by the cart at Park Street T-stop.) Now, Grillo's Pickles are much more accessible as Whole Foods began carrying the pickles in their refrigerated section. Additionally, other stores are now beginning to stock Grillo's and the pickles can also be found in parts of Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and New York.
Grillo's have a wonderful crunch and a freshness that is uncommon in other pickles. Check out the real hot peppers and dill above...it's no wonder that these are packed with pure flavor. The hot variety is my favorite, though they do also make delicious dill spear. Two new seasonal products have recently been added to the line: pickled green tomatoes and pickled carrots. I'll have to get my hands on these puppies soon. :)
Something else that I discovered about Grillo's and makes me love them even more? You can buy Grillo's Pickles Converse high-tops! *Hearts*
Check out Grillo's Pickles at Whole Foods or visit their website for a list of other retail locations. (Note: Grillo's Pickles did not endorse or in any way promote this blog post. This is a product I personally use and enjoy. All opinions are strictly my own.)