On Friday my buddy and I headed up to our cabin (we were able to realize our dream!) and due to traffic around Clearwater on I-94, we pulled off the road to buy some necessities (read: mainly beer) and use the restroom. The area at that particular exit was completely dark due to a power outage. For whatever reason one of two Holiday gas stations situated across from one another was lit up still. With everything else closed and no restrooms available we headed inside the sprawling facility.
Once instead we realized just how large it was. Almost a truckstop, this gas station had it all: a deli, ice cream shop, restaurant, bakery, Cracker Barrel-eque knick knacks and self-branded food items. While looking at the deli we came across their selection of pickled foods. They had everything from spicy pickled eggs to, well, pickles. Two of the many different kinds caught our eye: Spicy Garlic and Horseradish. At $9.99 for a 16oz jar, these are not cheap in the least but we decided to give them a try and see how they were.
Sealed old-school style with a ring and a lid, it took a spoon to pop these tops off. The jar was STUFFED to the brim with thick pickles soaking in some sweet and spicy smelling liquid. We tasted the Horseradish version first and were surprised at how tame the horseradish was. While not nose clearing, the flavor and crispness of the pickles was surprising. I opened the Spicy Garlic pickles and then immediately fell in love.
These pickles were sweet first, spicy later and provided just the right amount of garlic aftertaste. They were crisp, thick, and really add something special to a sandwich. While I love pickles, especially ones that aren’t your typical dills, and I have had them from farmer’s market stands, specialty stores, and even other people’s basements, nothing yet has compared to Nelson Bros. Bakery’s Spicy Garlic Pickle Chips.
While I wish these were more like $4.99 instead of $9.99, I will be making regular stops at the place to stock up as the summer stretches on and I highly recommend that you do too.
Have you ever stopped at Nelson Bros. before? If so what did you think of the place? Have you tried their restaurant? What is your favorite pickled item/flavor? Is $9.99 a bit much for you for pickles? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.