For me there are few foods that can reign above a sandwich. Not only can it be the most portable filling foods, but the equation to put one together is infinite. Do I want <bread type> with <meat filling> and <vegetable offering>? Don’t forget about condiments and cheeses, different butters and jams, toasted, grilled or on soft bread? When I get in the mood for a fancy sandwich, places like Darwin (of which I’ve previously written) do the trick. But sometimes, homeboy just wants an excellent sandwich I didn’t make myself. This is where Brooklyn Pickle comes into play.
Now, if you are from the area, BP is nothing new for you. But for everyone else, whether recent transplant or just never got around to it, Brooklyn Pickle has two locations: one on Burnet off of Midler in Eastwood and one right on Genesee at the foot of Tipp Hill. The Tipp Hill location has been recently renovated and while spartan, looks nice and clean inside. Seeing as it is blocks from my apartment, I usually visit this location.
BP do things slightly different. Yes, they are a fully functioning deli with a variety of soups and salads to go along with their sandwiches. But the person you order from doesn’t handle the money (a relief for those finicky about food safety, no doubt) or really ever leave their sandwich station; instead, barking orders to a money person who does all that for you. Their short-order style of relaying your meal reminds you that you aren’t special, despite the fact that you feel like you are ordering gourmet: you are just a half, cup and a bottle to them.
I went with my new favorite that I discovered this summer: the buffalo chicken salad on dark rye with lettuce. The chicken salad is mostly fine, with a few chunks of chicken in there. The seasoning has a little kick but the lettuce and rye off set any real spiciness. I also went with a cup of their garlic potato soup, which was excellent although it kind of looked like old queso dip that you forgot to put away three days ago.
There isn’t much that is revolutionary about Brooklyn Pickle, to be honest. They are just a local business that makes excellent food and give out lots of pickles (of which I always pass). So if you are the mood for a nice sandwich with some local flair, Brooklyn Pickle is the spot for you.