Five Kickass Pretzel Dishes to Try in Houston

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Beautiful as is, but we give it a few more drinks before you add the bacon and cheese.
Who doesn't love a good soft pretzel? Even better when there's a dip involved or meat and cheese stuffed inside. With that in mind, we've rounded up 5 Must-Try Pretzel Dishes in Houston.

"Midnight Special" Soft Pretzel
Where to get it: Mongoose Versus Cobra

Pretzels and beer go together like milk and cookies. So it's no wonder you'll find giant soft pretzels being served at craft beer bars all around town. But one of our favorites is at Mongoose Versus Cobra. Our brilliant critic, Kaitlin Steinberg, says it best:

"Mongoose Vs. Cobra's soft pretzel is bigger than my head. In fact, it's about the size of a cat curled up to sleep. Or maybe a mongoose. The salt-covered pretzels are made by Slow Dough Bread Co., which has no storefront but supplies bread to restaurants around the city. It's not the typical dense, heavy soft pretzel with a tough skin. It's light and fluffy on the inside, and the crust is crispy and oh-so buttery."

You can get the pretzel brushed with generous amounts of butter and served with a side of grainy mustard and housemade spicy pickles; Or you can go for the gold and get it topped with mustard, melted cheese, chilis, and bacon (don't worry, it still comes with the pickles). It really all depends on how drunk you are.

Pretzel Epi
Where to get it: Provisions

We haven't met a bread pairing at Provisions that wasn't on point, but we especially love the warm and chewy epi-cut pretzel baguette. Liberally salted and served with a zesty black garlic mostarda and a wedge of Raclette, a Gruyère-like cow's milk cheese, it is the way to start your meal. But if you happen to be there for brunch, they make an equally-as-pleasing pretzel roll to house a fried eggs, scrapple and pepper relish.

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Location Info

13 Celsius Wine Bar

3000 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General


807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mongoose Versus Cobra

1011 McGowen St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Saint Arnold Brewery serves Slow Dough pretzel's during their tour or pub night. The mustard is made with their Lawnmower beer.  Good stuff.

Nancy Hahn Elliott
Nancy Hahn Elliott

My two favorite pretzel dishes are Local Foods' egg salad sandwich on Slow Dough pretzel roll, and the addictive pretzel rolls with three mustard spreads at Good Dog Houston.

paval topcommenter

According to the definitions found for pretzel, pretzel is reserved for the twisted shape bakery product made with a dough that has been dipped in a lye wash, which creates a brown crust through the Maillard reaction (caramelization after a reaction between sugars and amino acids).

I have not found one real pretzel in Houston, except for one imported from Germany by the people that supply the Hofbraeuhaus in Vegas. Wolfgang Pretzel is the brand I believe.

All the so called pretzels here, are basically rolls that are brushed with caramel color. They do not have neither the flavor nor the crunch of a real pretzel or correctly said, brezel. 

I have tremendous hope that maybe Common Bond may come up with a real REAL brezel and not sell the wanna be ones. 


Mongoose is where I want to live after work. Wish they served breakfast!


@paval slow dough dips their pretzels in lye. your comment would be so much better if you actually knew what you were talking about.


@paval Calm it down, man. How much time have you spent going around eating pretzels?

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