Beal's Pickles N Pints
Why we love it: The menu features a variety of pickle-inspired dishes, such as fried pickles and a pickle platter with five unique flavors such as a green apple-infused pickle. “We get creative with a lot of different brands and different styles,” says co-owner Chuck Beal.
Try this: The Pickle Salsa ($8.99) is made with tomato, onion and pickle for a fresh bite. 36200 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, 440-946-7468, picklesnpints.com
Why we love it: Based out of the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen and available in local retailers such as Nature’s Oasis, the brand offers three thinly sliced, yet bold, flavors of pickles. “Each of our flavors differentiate enough to work well with different things,” says co-founder Abby Lesniak.
Try this: Ring Around The Rosemary ($8 per jar) adds a bit of heat with a brine that uses rosemary, thyme, banana peppers and onions. 440-673-3224, facebook.com/boldpickinsspecialtypickles
Why we love it: Since 2012, it’s been churning out unique flavors of pickles such as a spicy and sweet version and mustard pickles. Find them online or in local retailers such as Dave’s Market. “We’re trying to redefine what a pickle is, it’s not just a condiment you put on the side of a sandwich or a burger,” says co-owner Josh Kabat.
Try this: Spicy Garlic Dill ($5.99 per jar) puts a spicy twist on a classic dill pickle. clevelandpickle.com
Why we love it: These zesty and preservative-free pickles make great additions to your next meal or snack. Buy them in bulk or in grocery stores such as Heinen’s. “We use all-natural ingredients,” says co-founder Andrew Rainey. Try this: Sideburns Grilled Pickles ($7.99 per jar) are charred before they are pickled and have a smoky, savory flavor. randyspickles.com
Wake Robin Fermented Foods
Why we love it: Using locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on sustainability, these fermented products (think kimchi and carrot escabeche) have classic, yet distinctive flavors. “We really believe in being part of trying to help build a resilient, local food economy,” says co-owner Pat Murray. Try this: Garlicky Dill Cucumber Chips ($4.99-$6.99) are a classic, crisp dill pickle. 216-392-4724, wakerobinfoods.weebly.com