Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shop the Season: Pickles'N'Grits

Stephen ventures out to try some of the food at The Holiday Shops and comes up with an unexpected, yet satisfying combination of snacks. 

If you’re looking for a savory snack look no more, Pickle Me Pete and Daisy Grits offer just that. It might be an interesting combination but never the less it’s delicious. These kiosks also happened to be conveniently located next door to each other.

I moved to the city from Florida in June and this is the first time I’ve seen grits being offered. I was skeptical at first, how good can these grits be? Will people actually purchase the grits?  Do people here even know what grits are? For those of you who are not familiar with grits, grits are coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water or milk. That description doesn’t sound that appetizing, but once you have them you’ll be coming back for more. Of course you can’t just have grits plain - you need to spice them up a little. Daisy Grits at the Bryant Park Holiday Shops has a wide variety of grits to offer. They have Havana Lobster, Andouille Gumbo, Louisiana Shrimp, Italian Sausage, Chicken Fricassee, Colombian Chorizo, and Cantonese Spinach.

Daisy Grits also has cheese grits and sweet grits depending on what your taste buds desire.  Daisy’s cheese grits choices are Asiago, Cheddar, Feta, Goat, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, and Mozzarella. Daisy’s sweet grits choices are Honey-n-Butter, Maple Strawberry, and Maple Brown Sugar. Prices vary between small, medium, and large. $3.95 will get you a small portion of classic butter grits while $8.95 will get you a large portion of Lobster grits.

Once you have your grits or if you’re not in the mood for grits you can walk next door to Pickle Me Pete and grab a delicious pickle. Pickle Me Pete offers both old-fashioned and inventive flavored pickles. Their flavors include Half Sour, Full Sour, Kosher Dill, Horseradish, Super Spicy, Ridiculously Spicy, Bread and Butter, and Sweet Chipotle.

The two pickles I tried were the Kosher Dill, a classic, and the Ridiculously Spicy. The Kosher Dill pickle was terrific; the Ridiculously Spicy was ridiculously painful.  I couldn’t even finish the Ridiculously Spicy pickle. My lips and mouth burned for a half hour. I was also warned by the Pickle Me Pete employee to not touch my eyes after eating this pickle. I agree with that statement from the employee. If you’re a spice addict you need to try the ridiculously spicy pickle from Pickle Me Pete.  Prices range from $1 for one small pickle all the way to $7 for quart of pickles. Pickle Me Pete also has fried pickles. I have yet to try them but anything fried is delicious and I’m sure their pickles would be no exception.

Daisy's Grits and Pickle Me Pete
Booth C08 and C07 on the Fountain Terrace (map)

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Monday – Friday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm

*Look for special extended hours during the holidays. Some shops may be open on Christmas Day.

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