Finding Dill Pickles

Pickle Chips at Barrel Republic in San Diego
Barrel Republic Pickle Chips (courtesy photo)

November 14th marks National Pickle Day, an excellent excuse to crunch into our favorite briny treats, dill pickles. A sweetly sour snack low in calories and boosting plenty of vitamin K, pickles promise to be a perfectly tart garnish to your meal, condiment or side dish. Curb your cravings for pickle-packed dishes and break out of the jar with our top picks this National Pickle Day!

Find your favorite fermented morsels at Park 101  the open-air dining and drinking concept weighing anchor in the heart of the Carlsbad Village. This 8,000 sq. ft multi-use plaza-style complex has quickly become the go-to North County spot for friends, family and four-legged companions, a landmark location for locals and visitors alike on the lookout for a deliciously relaxing place to hang out. Boasting a menu with plenty of diverse options, Park 101 invites you to snack away on a basket of the Fried Pickles & Co., battered, fried and seasoned house pickles served with onion rings and seasonal veggies.

Stay cool as a cucumber at Pacific Beach AleHouse  the beachside bar and eatery providing fresh-from-the-keg flavors to the Pacific Beach neighborhood! Creating craft concoctions since 2007, PB AleHouse allows guests to sip an elaborate selection in their lodge-like wooden booths. Perfect your pickle-eating extravaganza with second-story balcony views of the nearby waves accompanied by a shareable serving of the Fried Pickles, house-made dill pickles with a spicy sriracha ranch sauce for dipping.

Get your pickle fix at Bub’s @ The Beach  the unpretentious bar and grill found in the lively center of Pacific Beach. Featuring simply good, fresh, cooked-to-order meals and ice-cold beer to boot, Bub’s sports bar atmosphere and laid-back ambiance make for a fun and carefree setting to enjoy festive food and drink. Not to be missed this National Pickle Day is the Schm’animal Burger, a classic Woody burger with cheese meets Bub’s signature caramelized onion, bacon and thousand island sauce topped with lettuce, tomato, onions and plenty of pickles!

Relish the moment at Barrel Republic  the North County gastropub and mecca for craft beer lovers looking for the freedom to pour. Located in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Pacific Beach, Barrel Republic is home to well over 40 casks of frosty craft brew available to pour straight from the tap! Complimented by an extensive menu of elevated American bar fare from smoked salmon to avocado grilled cheese, Barrel Republic is sure to satisfy your sipping and savoring cravings. Dig into an order of the Chili Dusted Crispy Pickle Chips, served with a cayenne dip for a kick of heat.

Pucker up for the day ahead at barleymash  the high-energy downtown restaurant and bar in the Gaslamp Quarter. Celebrating the richness of quintessential American culture with progressive bar fare rooted in the barroom staples of beer and bourbon, barleymash’s unique aesthetic ensures good times that are meant to be shared. Celebrate National Pickle Day in style with shot and pickle back specials, Jameson whiskey flights and a Pickle Tasting Trio special to commemorate this savory day!

Pickled foods pack a punch at Juan Tequila  the new Gaslamp dining and drinking destination for upscale flavor combinations and refreshing tiki-inspired cocktails. Featuring a casual New York vibe complete with chandeliers, club leather furniture and a starry lounge, this tequila and mezcal hotspot elevates Baja California ingredients with an authentically modern twist. Sink your teeth into the Conejo Tamale, filled with confit rabbit leg, masa fritters and mole rojo with a side of stewed papas and spicy pickled carrot.