Quad Cities Pickle Wrap War Internet Trends
If you had Quad Cities Pickle Wrap War on your 2021 Bingo card, you can mark it! Late last week, when all was well with the world, a pickle war broke out between local businesses in Quad City and was all the rage on social media. Now that the dust has settled, we can give you all the details on # QCPickleWrapGate2021.
Some local Quad City businesses were in dire straits at the end of last week. You know what pickle wraps are, right? Dill pickle spears that are wrapped in ham or cured beef with cream cheese in between. It’s about as Midwestern as you can get past Maid Rites.
A local business got a little upset when a new Quad Cities announced that it also sells pickle wrappers and invented pickle wrappers. Without hesitation, the public, the Internet and other businesses joined in the “fun”.
I’m not here to hurt anyone. I’m here just to give you the facts. But I want to give you some of my opinion on this before I start. The pandemic has been stressful for everyone. I really, really, really hope that you will continue to support local businesses in Quad Cities like Meatball Sandwich Company, Espresso!, LoPiez, Cavort QC, and everyone in this story.
Once again, I give the facts. Some facts are harder than others, but here’s the whole story. Without further ado, let’s move on to # QCPickleWrapGate2021.
Someone with a vested interest in another business in QC shared the post and did not write a very kind words.
On Friday, Meatball’s Sandwich Company posted a partnership with Cavort QC to raise money for the River Bend Food Bank and showcased the controversial pickle wrappers.
At this point, the not-so-beautiful post was making its way into the city. Before we go anywhere, we should probably tell you what has been written.
Now we come to what started it all. We have obtained screenshots of the post in question. Here is exactly what was written:
“When you see these pickles, do you wonder if anything looks somewhat familiar to you? But a slightly sloppy presentation?
No. These are NOT Café Fresh Cream Cheese Pickles. Being a person who has operated with integrity and 100% originality, I have no respect for the people who shoplift from the company they previously worked for to set up their own restaurant or for the people who snatch ideas to other establishments.
These pickles are a Midwestern thing. I was taught how to make them as a child and have been making them ever since. Naturally, when I opened my little cafe, it made sense that I would use it rather than a standard pickle spear with my sandwiches.
I didn’t say anything when a local grocery store stole my stuff because that particular store often does it to locals – gives them a deal to sell their stuff there just long enough to duplicate it and call theirs their️
After the year we’ve had and everything taken at so many local establishments, I’ve seen this pop up in my feed. I am pissed! In a restaurant setting, I made these something very special. My place, CAFE FRESH. If you want to look like a real asshole. You open a restaurant after a “pandemic” in the QC area where someone else had an original idea and made something famous for over a decade. Definitely a failure on the part of this meatball shop. Seriously, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.
After the year we’ve all had, one thing I’ve learned is that so many people have no limits and no standards. This shouldn’t surprise me. Local Support does not include a poor imitation of offers from another local spot. This is simply not the case. “
Not the best look in the world. Either way, it was making its way into the city. Just after midnight on Thursday June 10, a post was published on the Espresso! The Facebook page.
Between this post and the very negative post, a lot of attention was starting to get around the pickle wraps.
The general census of comments was that people thought Espresso! claimed they invented pickle wrappers. They didn’t invent pickle wrappers. No one knows who “invented” them and you can’t find the answer. Some people said it might have come from Germany. I don’t know because nobody knows, cares, or wants to know.
It’s like asking who invented PB&J? Or how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-pop? The world might never know.
To add fuel to the fire, the LoPiez staff decided to have fun around the #QCPickleWrapGate.
Guys at LoPiez wanted to have fun and announced on their social media on Friday,
“We here at LoPiez, the inventors of Quad City New York Style Pizza restaurants, are testing out a new invention by taking Midwest Sushi which is the Ham and Pickle Wrap and putting this 40 year old favorite on our classic slice of cheese. for quick bursts of spiciness, creamy and salty tubes that repeatedly explode in your mouth. “
I don’t know about you, but it’s funny as hell.
Not only LoPiez jump on the fun just like the Moline Police Department and they have good trolling skills.
Sunday, Moline Police Department stepped in on the fun of the weekend with pickle wraps and made this post which was getting a lot of attention.
Since they are peace officers, they tried to keep things light and keep the peace. They both shouted Café Express! and Meatball’s Sandwich Company on the Iowa side.
While you thought it would be enough, another kind of funny thing happened that I discovered and that’s why I’m bringing it back to Meatball Sandwich Company
From all the craziness that pickle wraps brought us last weekend. Meatball’s Sandwich Company did the best thing.
Go to picklewrap.com. I don’t hyperlink because you won’t believe me if I do. Go ahead. Copy picklewrap.com and indicate where the URL goes.
Better. Thing. Never.
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