Some cravings just can’t be explained. While some people (like my colleague Chloe) go crazy for ramen or banh mi (which I’ve been known to do pre-vegetarian stage), I’m currently diggin’ on…fresh-baked soft pretzels. I think it’s the weather. I know, I know…most people think of pretzels as cold weather snack food. Not me. They’re the perfect easy snack – and relatively inexpensive at spots across town – to share with friends while you’re sitting outside soaking in some some sun and a cold beverage. Order a few of them, enjoy the contrast of flavors and textures, and just nosh.
The best places in town are serving them with some seriously wicked condiments – salty carbohydrates are really just a vehicle for the sauce, right? The Midway Pub, where this obsession initially set in (and whose pretzels are shown above), served theirs with a thin-but-impactful horseradish-y mustard and a grainy beer mustard. The Brick Store Pub serves their pretzels with a side of their legendary mustard – trust me, that stuff is amazing. Ormsby’s serves a Guinness-dipped pretzel alongside stout mustard. Not to be outdone, Der Biergarten has a “giant” pretzel on their app menu that comes with three types of mustard. Upping the ante are the downtown Meehan’s and HobNob, serving queso and beer cheese dip with their versions. An extra bonus to following your nose to joints that serve pretzels? You can almost bet on a seriously solid beer list – Brick Store is a beer list legend but none of the aforementioned spots are at all shabby.
For those that want the comfort of homemade pretzels in the comfort of their own home, there are some folks that have taken the plunge and given them a go in their own kitchens. It’s a relatively painless process and you’ll certainly make an impression on folks by making your own. Here are a few great sites with step-by-step instructions for DIY pretzels at home: