A few weeks ago I was itchin’ to take a short day trip across the water. The weather around here has not been the best and I am so ready for summer sun! On top of it, I just get in these moods where – I just have to go to one of my favorite areas around the Puget Sound to just let the ferry winds blow across my face and through my hair. This trip took 4 ferry rides but well worth it. Anyway, I was looking on line to see what new things were happening on Whidbey Island. I love the little towns – Clinton, Langley and Coupeville on the south end of the Island. So, like I said, I was looking to see if I could find some place cool to eat a special Gluten Free lunch because my birthday was at the end of the week. So I kept looking and then got busy with some other chores. Later that evening I got back on line and opened my email inbox and there was an email from Kim at Pickles Deli in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island! She very sweetly told me that she had some new Gluten Free bread, meats and cheeses and wondered if I would go out for a visit to try them. I immediately replied with a great big YES please.
I know, I know that sandwich looks absolutely amazing. Forgive me … that Gluten Free Spicy Italian sandwich looks absolutely amazing! Well it was the best Italian sandwich I have had in like 7 years! Totally stacked so high I could barely take a bite without squishing it down. Actually … oh! … that made it even better because all of the juices from the pepperocinis oozed out all over the hot cappicola, pepperoni, hard salami and in with the garlic Parmesan peppercorn dressing … um … and the sharp provolone and mozzarella romaine, tomato and red onion! The flavors rolling together like a waves in the ocean … Oh man … let’s do it again … more please!
So let’s back up and I will tell you how I came across this divine piece of sandwich heaven …
I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited and so in the mood for a really good loaded sandwich.
So I told her that I would be there on Thursday for a day trip for my birthday. We left early that morning – Mom, Mac and I because it was a family birthday celebration day.
It was very easy to find just a few minutes up the road off the ferry on highway 11042 SR 525, Suite 122 in the Ken’s Korner shopping center. 360 341 3940 is the phone number.
Mon. – Wed. 9am-6pm
Thurs. – Sat. 9am – 8pm
Sun. – 11am-5pm
All of the meats and cheeses are Boar’s Head and Gluten Free! You can order off the menu and tell them you want the Gluten Free bread. They will take extra care to make sure that the cross contamination is little to none as best as they can. We ordered a side of the potato salad and I am so glad we did. It was almost better than mine.
It was creamy and I think it had cheese and pickles in it, perfectly seasoned. We ended up splitting the sandwiches and also ordered the Classic Turkey and Bacon along side the Spicy Italian. The Turkey Bacon was loaded and a meal in itself. You will walk away very satisfied. The sandwiches also come with a Pickle … of course!
I was so impressed with Kim and her team. They were all so sweet, calm and fast. Kim said hello to everyone by their name while making their food. She didn’t skip a beat! Smiles and all! Kim even was sweet to my mama! One of her friends, Jeff came in to get his daily meal and she introduced me to him. It was a great feeling being there, as if we were family. Pickles Deli has been in business for three years. You can tell by the line that never stopped the entire time I was there. Please contact Kim for more info about her Gluten Free menu, any updates and catering.
While I was in the area I went into the local grocery stores. Star Store in Langley, the other is in Bayview Corner, carry a very nice selection of Gluten Free treats from breads, crackers, meats, chips, cookies and snack bars. The Goose Grocery also has a variety of Gluten Free items in their freezer and snack sections as well. Along the highway in Clinton, the FoodMart also had a great big sign that said “Gluten Free Products …” so I had to stop and go inside. Great selection of some fun, hard to find things like Pik-Nik Shoestring Potatoes. It actually says GLUTEN FREE on the back of the can!
Go … have some fun on Whidbey Island and eat at Pickles Deli …
tell Kim I said … Hello!
Stay the day, weekend or week with no worries because you can find some good Gluten Free food on Whidbey!