I think I've seen Bridgford sticks locally, but am hesitant to try them due to a mediocre taste test review by Cook's Illustrated and the fact that I hate slicing pepperoni. Are there any Bridgford proponents here? Is it worth it?
Try Bridgford; there's nothing to lose. Yes, it is absolutely worth it.
Bridgford 16oz sticks are very good, easy to acquire, and affordable, but they are also very greasy and labor intensive. I've used Bridgford exclusively for several years now, mostly because it tastes good but partly because I don't want to buy a case of something else, not knowing if I'll even like it.
I actually did buy a case of Ezzo several years ago (25 lbs), for about $70 if I remember correctly. (I'm sure the price has gone up considerably by now.) I probably only used about half of the pepperoni because I didn't think it was as good as the hype, but I still think it was a much better deal than paying $40 or $50 for five pizzas' worth of pepperoni. As I know now (thanks to the dumpster diving method of research), there is at least one specific brand of pepperoni that I would gladly buy by the case, which I may do if I start making more pizzas than I have been making.
If my only reasonable alternative to buying a case was to buy 21oz of the best pepperoni in the universe at $40 or $50, I would definitely buy the case. That's not a tough call, either, even considering the raves of respected pizza freaks in earlier posts. But first I would take the time to make sure I'm absolutely sure I like what's in the case.