Pittsburgh Pickle Co.

Joe Robl, John Patterson and Will Patterson, co-owners of The Beerhive, wanted to include deep-fried pickles on their menu but couldn’t find the proper product to fry. Naturally, they made their own. Thus was born the Pittsburgh Pickle Co., maker of artisanal pickles that are irresistible whether fried or plain. A special brine and spice blend elevate the ex-cucumber from deli side to delectable dish, popular enough to rival The Beerhive’s signature wings. Elbowing out a bar-food staple? That takes a powerful pickle. They’re available in jars at Marty’s Market, the 52nd Street Market and, as of last month, select Giant Eagle Market District locations. —SC

2117 Penn Ave., Strip District; pittsburghpickle.com; photo by Laura Petrilla