If you follow the New York boards, there is a constant search for the ever elusive Gus's Pickles.
I finally found a legal parking space near Bi-Rite and was checking the store out for the first time, and there...next to the olives ... Gus's new pickles.
The link below is to one of the discussions about Gus from the New York folks, if you are not familiar with the debate.
I'm more of a half sour pickle person myself and this was my first time trying a new pickle. The interior was juicy with a bit of a crunch to the skin as you bit in. It was a nice pickle.
However, it wasn't enough to make me a fan. That may be in part because I just returned after two weeks in Connecticut and Manhattan where I had, oh my gosh, REAL Deli and Italian food. Sorry, I forgot, I forgot how good it was. I'm back to being a snob.
There is NO decent pizza in San Francisco. And the memory of the hot pastrami, 1/4 inch thick, cut by the sandwich guy at Katz's, who's life has been dedicated to making the perfect sandwich. Real rye ... a pumpernickle bagel that is everything I forgot a bagel should be ... cheese cake from heaven and a real egg cream. I turned down dinner at Babbo for this and made the wise choice.
The pizza, my goodness, the pizza. So much house made sausage that there was barely enough room for the cheese and sauce. On a real crust. Not that shameful thin cracker crust that deceitfully flaunts itself as pizza.
However, the big surprise was that the fried clams here in Califfornia beat out my favorite clam joint in Connecticut. Yes, it's true. Bradley Ogden's Yankee Pier has better fried clams than on the east coast.
And I'll always have Gus's pickles here at home. Maybe Bi-Rite could get some half sour's.