A niche food group, the highly coveted soft pretzel is something that is synonymous with comfort. Having a nice salty pretzel, with warm melted cheese or tangy mustard is simply a must at times, right?
Eat it on its own or pair with an ice cold brew. No matter how you prefer to eat your pretzel, here are some of the tastiest pretzels to grub on around San Diego.
San Diego Pretzel Company
All-natural pretzel sliders, Philly-style pretzels and authentic Munich pretzels are the name of the game here. The only catch is that you have to buy them wholesale and frozen, to heat up at home. The pretzel shop offers tours of the facility and even private pretzel making lessons for kids. This place is special because it pumps them out right here in San Diego, giving fans of East Coast-style pretzels and beyond easy access.
224 W. 12th St., National City. sandiegopretzel.com
This authentic, German restaurant in Ocean Beach serves up stellar cuisine and is also a go-to spot for a fantastic pretzel. Order the small, medium or large pretzel served with cheese. Pro tip: The salt speckled pretzel is perfect with a side of sausage or a cold German brew.
2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach. kaiserhofrestaurant.com
California Tap Room
One of the newer spots in San Diego on the list is located in craft beer central, an ideal place for a gourmet pretzel shop. Choose from options such as the New York-style pretzel, a jumbo Bavarian double twist, pretzel sandwiches and pretzel puffs, to list a few. All pretzels are served with a special California Tap Room cheese. This joint also offers a great rotating draft beer list.
3812 Ray St., North Park. californiataproom.com
Raglan Public House
The must-have soft pretzel, located on the munchies list at Raglan, is to die for. It’s a giant soft pretzel served with Spicy Jack Daniel’s Mustard and a jalapeno cheese sauce. Get a Bloody Mary to pair with your pretzel if you know what’s good for you. And by all means, follow in George Costanza’s footsteps here - double dipping is allowed.
1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beach. raglanpublichouse.com
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
As previously mentioned, beer and pretzels go together pretty damn well, don’t you think? Stone Brewing recognized this belief with its popular Stone-style hemp seed pretzels. These warm and soft pretzels are a fan favorite, served with roasted poblano-jalapeno cheese sauce and stone-ground mustard.
2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station or 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido. stonebrewing.com