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The place to go on So.Whidbey for great deli Sandwiches: Pickles Deli, Clinton

Pickles Deli
Pickles Deli
Classic sandwich

Pickles Deli specializes in made-to-order artisan sandwiches. Owner Kim Bailey uses bread from Essential Baking and Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. She has a “Fresh Sheet” every week that emphasizes available local produce and breads. She says, “It’s my passion to buy as many local, organic, fresh products as I can.”

Pickles Deli interior
Carolyn Tamler

Pickles Deli also has a good assortment of gluten-free items, fresh baked goods and salads, and does catering for parties and events.

In addition to the deli sandwiches, baked goods and salads, Pickles Deli is now offering 100% fruit smoothies, sno-cones, iced chocolate frappes. This summer a hot dog bar will be added.

Kim Bailey has one of the great “magic” stories of arriving on Whidbey Island. She spent her early years on the east coast, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence Road Island.

Thirteen years ago, she was living in Everett and made a visit to Mukilteo and the Diamond Knot Brewery. It was a lovely summer day, and she had heard about the Island County Fair going on in Langley…..across the water.

She hopped on the ferry boat, and when she arrived, she hitchhiked to the Island County Fairgrounds. In addition to visiting the Fair, she walked around Langley.

When she came back across and was driving back to Everett, she said to herself, “I’m going to live on Whidbey someday.”

She had friends who lived on the Island who invited her to visit, and she began visiting Whidbey frequently.

During her visits, she kept driving by a house on Scatchet Head, and after a year of passing by it several times, she noticed the house was for sale. And, she bought it.

For her first years on the Island, she commuted to Everett. For three years she was the Catering Director for Everett Golf & Country Club. Then, she took a position with the Everett Events Center for another three years

Once she was living on Whidbey, she began to notice that it wasn’t easy to get simple, healthy food to eat out. She said (to herself again), “Why can’t I get a healthy sandwich or a big salad anywhere?”

She finally answered her own question by opening Pickles Deli at Ken’s Corner in Clinton on October 1, 2006. The name came from childhood memories of getting pickles out of a barrel at a mini-market.

Pickles Deli is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead to have your favorite sandwich waiting for you: 360-341-3940.

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