Are you ready for the pickle sandwich at Elsie’s? By “pickle sandwich,” of course, we mean a sandwich served on a pickle. It has a dill pickle half where each slice of bread would normally be. You read that right!
Elsie’s is a tiny sandwich shop in Haddon Township, New Jersey. (Sorry New Yorkers, this place is practically in Philly.) From Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Elsie’s serves a variety of sandwiches that all have one thing in common: huge dill pickles instead of bread.
What Is a Pickle Sandwich?
Elsie’s is the self-described “Home of the Pickle Sandwich.” And pickle sandwiches are all they serve! Don’t worry, though. You’ve got two types of pickle sandwich to choose from. You can go with a classic pickle (sliced down the middle), served with the fillings piled high, like a sub sandwich or hero. You can also choose a pickle or cucumber, sliced as thin as a tortilla, and used to make “roll-up” sandwiches.
“We’re a sandwich shop without the bread,” Elsie’s co-owner Katherine Cohen told Thrillist. “We have a family pickle recipe that we resurrected.” If Cohen ever gets tired of making pickles, maybe she’ll add her secret recipe to our collection of vintage pickle recipes!
The Story Behind the Pickle Sandwich
So, how did the owner of Elsie’s “cook” up this genius, low-carb, salty sandwich? “My mom is a diabetic, and I made her a pickle sandwich instead of using bread,” Cohen told the Courier Post. Soon enough, people started noticing those pickle sandwiches and asking where they could get ’em.
Is It Worth the Trip?
That depends! Just ask yourself the questions below, and we’ll tell you if you’re ready for greatest thing since sliced pickles:
- Since the day we tipped you off about Gordy’s Fine Brine pickle juice, have you been splashing it into anything and everything (we’re talking mac and cheese, pork chops, deviled eggs and potato salad)?
- Is there any distance you wouldn’t travel for a refreshing swirl of pickle ice cream on a hot summer evening?
- Does the thought of these Lay’s Fried Pickles With Ranch potato chips make your mouth water?
If you answered “yes,” go ahead and satisfy your pickle craving with a trip to New Jersey. For anyone not on the East Coast, shop for salty pickle-flavored foods on Amazon.