One Year Ago, The Great Pickle Wrap War Took The Quad Cities By Storm
It's hard to believe that one year has passed since one major war took place in the Quad Cities. It was an argument no one in their right mind saw coming. It was a fight over a snack that many of us grew up having, especially in the summertime. Of course, I'm talking about pickle wraps and #QCPickleWrapGate.
Over the weekend, our favorite Facebook page, Quad-City Memes, gave us a reminder of the true craziness that 2021 brought us, The Great Pickle Wrap War.
It was a war among local businesses fueled by great jokes on the internet from law enforcement and other local businesses. People were even getting pickle wrap tattoos because of the Great Pickle Wrap War of 2021.
But a year has passed and while the Great Pickle Wrap War and #QCPickleWrapGate have come to an end, we still don't have the answer to the question we've all been wondering: Who invented the pickle wrap?
What we do know is the story and how everything went down. In case you forgot, here is the Great Pickle Wrap War of 2021 explained. Thank you Quad-City Memes for the reminder! We can't wait to read about it in textbooks.
Meatball's Sandwich Company/Cavort QC/QC Local
Back in May of 2021, Meatball's Sandwich Company opened up in Bettendorf. One of the items on their menu is pickle wraps. QC Local made this post last week on Wednesday promoting the new business.
Someone with a vested interest in another company in the QC shared the post and didn't write very kind words.
On Friday, Meatball's Sandwich Company posted on Facebook on Friday a partnership with Cavort QC to raise money for the River Bend Food Bank and featured the controversial pickle wraps.
At this point, the not-so-nice post was making its way around town. Before we get anywhere, we should probably tell you what was written.
Now we get to what started it all. We did obtain screenshots of the post in question. Here is exactly what was written:
"When you see these pickles, ask yourself does something look somewhat familiar? But kinda sloppy in presentation?
No. Those are NOT Cafe Fresh Cream Cheese Pickles. Being a person that operated with integrity & 100 % originality I have zero respect for people who shoplift from the corporation they previously worked for to create their own restaurant or people who snatch ideas from other establishments.
These pickles are a Midwest thing. I was taught to make them as a kid & have made them since then. Naturally when I opened my little cafe it only made sense that I went with that rather than a standard pickle spear with my sandwiches.
I didn't say anything when a local grocery store shoplifted my thing b|c that particular store does it often to locals - gives them a deal to sell their stuff there just long enough to duplicate it & call it theirs♀️
After the year we've had & everything that has been taken from so many local establishments when I saw this come through my feed. I'm pissed! In an eatery setting, I made these something extra special. My spot, CAFE FRESH. If you want to look like a real shithead. You open an eatery after a "pandemic" in the QC area where someone else had an original idea & made something famous for over a decade. Definitely a fail move on the part of this meatball shop. Seriously, I almost couldn't believe my eyes.
After the year we've all had though, one thing I've learned is so many people have no limits or standards. This should not surprise me. Support local does not include poorly imitating another local spot's offerings. It just doesn't."
Not the best look in the world. Anyway, that was making its way around town. Right after midnight on Thursday, June 10th, a post was put up on the Cafe Fresh! Facebook page.
Between this post and the very negative post, a lot of attention was starting to garner around pickle wraps.
The overall general census of the comments was that people were thinking Cafe Fresh! was claiming they invented pickle wraps. They did not invent pickle wraps. No one knows who "invented" them and you can't find the answer. Some people were saying it possibly came from Germany. I don't know because no one does, cares to, or wants to know.
That's like asking who came up with PB&J? Or how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-pop? The world may never know.
To throw fuel on the fire, the staff at LoPiez decided to hop in on the fun surrounding the #QCPickleWrapGate.
The guys over at LoPiez wanted to have fun and announced on their social media on Friday,
"We here at LoPiez, inventors of Quad City New York Style Pizza restaurants, are testing a new invention by taking the Midwest Sushi that is the ham and pickle wrap and putting this 40 year old favorite on our classic cheese slice for quick bursts of tangy, creamy, salty tubes that repeatedly explode in your mouth."
I don't know about you, but that's funny as hell.
Not only did LoPiez hop in on the fun, but so did the Moline Police Department and they have some good trolling skills.
Moline Police Department
On Sunday, the Moline Police Department chimed in on the weekend fun with pickle wraps and made this post which was getting a lot of attention.
Since they are peace officers, they were trying to keep things light-hearted and maintain the peace. They shouted out both Cafe Fresh! and Meatball's Sandwich Company on the Iowa side.
While you would think that would be enough, one other kind of funny thing happened I found out about which is why I'm bringing it back to Meatball's Sandwich Company
Meatball's Sandwich Company, again.
Out of all of the craziness that pickle wraps have brought us this past weekend. Meatball's Sandwich Company did the best thing.
Go to picklewrap.com. I'm not hyperlinking because you won't believe me if I do. Go ahead. Copy picklewrap.com and put where the URL goes.
Best. Thing. Ever.
And that's the Quad Cities Great Pickle Wrap War of 2021 explained. See you next year.