Nestled in a small strip mall in Odenville, Alabama, you will find a place called Louie’s Pickles. Last week, we headed out that way to try out their sandwiches and so the youngest could check out the pickle shop.
So we set out on 411 from Moody. In case you’re wondering, from the Moody exit on I-20, you want to head towards Odenville and go almost 10 miles. Almost, because it is something like 9 point something close to 10. The strip mall is small and on the left and it is almost right across the street from Fred’s. They have a big sign on the awning, and this is in the front, by the road…
Not a great pic, I know, but I am only using my iPhone these days because my digital camera is so old the batteries only hold enough charge for one image. So, Superman snapped this pic as an afterthought from the window of my sexy mini van on our way out of the driveway.
We actually arrived at Louie’s at 1:30 PM. I had heard they had remodeled a bit to make room for their restaurant but we hadn’t been in yet. The first thing I noticed was that they grow peppers in the area in front.
So we walked inside. The place was packed with people, it was a little noisy, and smelled divine,, like Love. I knew immediately that YKW wasn’t going to be able to manage, but the lady behind the counter, whose name I believe is Becky, remembered him from his first visit back in May-ish. I told her that we were going to leave and come back in an hour or so. See, Louie’s is not a big place, and I counted the seating there, it seats 26. Because most of the tables were full, even though 26 isn’t a large crowd, it was large enough to appear full for the space.
So, leave we did. When we got back an hour later, it was just us. Mid afternoon is always a good time for us.
At Louie’s, they let you try a pickle slice to see if you like their product.
The left hand side of the place is lined up with buckets with lids that they serve from. You can buy pickles by the pint, quart, or gallon but they’re not limited to pickles only. They offer cherry peppers, green tomatoes (I forgot to try, but I love green tomato relish…), okra, and even kraut. I’m not a big fan of kraut, but the husband is…
They even have pickles for you hot sauce fans…
They call these “Suicide”
Guess who didn’t try one?
Guess who did…
Those are your basic XXX hot…
They also sell wholes.
The boys ordered some meatball subs while they stood around, admiring the pickle tubs and chatting with the employees. The older boy spent some time teaching his brother things about pickles. I had to pay attention to that, because sometimes he pulls facts out of his hat…
While they talked, I did some exploring.
Louie’s used to have a large selection of artisan hot sauces that Superman loved but they appear to be limited now to this selection.
You’re free to sample a taste with the little wooden spoons…
I tried the steak sauce and the BBQ sauce and they were both fantastic. Since I don’t like heat, I skipped the others and just took the boy’s word for it that the Electric wing sauce is the best ever.
I also found these while browsing…local farm molasses and cane syrup from Todd Syrup Farm in Headland, Alabama which might be worth a day trip to go visit.
They got their sandwiches, and since I had ordered them to go, they were wrapped in foil. We decided to eat in, anyway, so they just unwrapped them and ate. I took a bite and they were really good. That’s when I started chatting with the pretty lady in the back. She was busy rolling out meatballs and told me that not only do they make them in-house but they grind their own meat for them as well.
In the meantime, I needed some info about carb counts of the bread so the boy could dose his insulin, but my phone was on data lockdown at the time, because I only had .12 of data before AT&T was going to charge me an extra $15. They actually googled up the carb counts for me. Words can’t say how much I appreciated that.
mLouie’s is open M-Sat from 10 to 8 and you can check out their website at Louiespickles.com
They have a big screen inside so nobody misses the game.
The sandwiches arrive looking beautiful, the place smells great, the atmosphere is friendly and accommodating.
The whole time we were there, they stayed steadily busy.
If you like them on facebook, you can follow their limited edition items, too.
They do party trays!
If you’re going through Odenville, or just want to try them out, head out and get a sandwich and some pickles. It’s a great opportunity to support a locally owned, small business.