This National Soft Pretzel Day (April 26), feast on Philadelphia’s carefully curated pretzel dishes—both sweet and savory lovers will be left wanting more.
National Soft Pretzel Day will not be complete without a slice, or two, of White Dog Cafe’s housemade soft pretzel bread with spinach-artichoke spread and honey butter
1. White Dog Cafe
Crispy French and Italian bread usually takes center stage, but not at White Dog Cafe's University City location. Here, soft, housemade pretzel bread, served with spinach artichoke spread, mustard and pickles, is the star. Order for the group, or savor it at a table for one, before slicing into more farm-to-table plates in the chic, artistic cafe. Customers can also dine guilt-free, knowing the restaurant promotes environmental sustainability, naturally sourced ingredients and organically certified products. 3420 Sansom St., 215.386.9224, whitedog.com
2. Rowhome Coffee
If you have never tried your morning brew with a side of pretzel, you’re in for a treat. Rowhome Coffee, a local artisan coffee shop in downtown Philadelphia, is soft pretzel heaven for all salty lovers. Breakfast pretzels, deli pretzel subs and Rowhome’s famous all-day breakfast pretzel sandwiches, topped off with two eggs and Cooper sharp cheese, are sure to have every customer drooling. 2536 Pine St., rowhomecoffee.com
At Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, the soft pretzel trio with spicy vegan beer cheese and Dijon mustard is a must for those who like a little heat.
3. Chestnut Hill Brewing Company
What’s on tap? The Chestnut Hill Brewing Company has it all, from beer brewed on-site to mouthwatering dishes like the soft pretzel trio. Topped with Dijon mustard and jalapeño beer sauce, this signature bite is sure to add a bit of tang to the traditional savory snack. The pub also offers 11 woodfired, Neapolitan pizzas and up to 10 selections of draft beers as well as gluten-free and vegan options, so no one has to miss out on the fun. Multiple locations, 215.247.0330, chestnuthillbrewingcompany.com
4. Emmy Squared
Ever wonder what the secret is to making the perfect burger? Emmy Squared dresses up its Le Big Matt in a savory pretzel bun with all the fixins in between: Think a doublestack of Pat LaFrieda grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, Sammy Sauce, greens and pickles. With 21 locations across the country, this juicy dish has been voted the best burger in Nashville and NYC by multiple publications, so you won’t be disappointed. 632 S. Fifth St., 267.551.3669, emmysquaredpizza.com
5. The Prime Rib
Pretzels are more than a brewery snack at The Prime Rib, located inside Live! Casino & Hotel. This National Soft Pretzel Day, the sumptuous steakhouse is celebrating with pretzel bun prime rib sliders served with homemade beer cheese. Pair the decadent dish with a Millionaire Martini—a mix of Bombay Sapphire, Lillet, cava and caviar-stuff olives. 900 Packer Ave., 833.472.5483, philadelphia.livecasinohotel.com
Photography by: Alexandra Jade Tringali; Kelli Lamantia; Daniel Berret; Courtesy of The Prime Rib