Five Kickass Pretzel Dishes to Try in Houston

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Meet Frank. Now eat him.
Frank the Pretzel
Where to get it: Eatsie Boys Cafe

The Eatsie Boys are known to change up their menu, but our old friend "Frank the Pretzel" always seems to stay put. The lightly-salted, fluffy Slow Dough pretzel bun makes the perfect bed for a poblano-and-feta-studded chicken sausage, caramelized onions, and a thick and creamy chardonnay mustard. The punch-packing, flavorful dog is well worth the $7 price tag.

Warm Pretzel w/ Redneck Cheese Dip
Where to get it: The Hay Merchant

If pretzels and beer are good, pretzels and beer and queso are better. It doesn't get much better than dunking Hay Merchant's warm, supple, crisp, and buttery pretzel straight into a vat of hot and gooey chile-spiked cheddar cheese sauce. That is, until you tack on Hay Merchant's heavenly beer list.

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We gotta respect a sandwich that comes on a real pretzel bun.
Mortadella Sandwich
Where to get it: 13 Celsius

A lot of places serve sandwiches on pretzel buns, but 13 Celsius ups the ante by serving theirs inside an actual pretzel. The fat, fluffy pretzel is just as crisp on the outside and as it is soft in the middle, making it the perfect texture to house grilled mortadella, melted provolone, sliced tomato, and a fried egg that oozes its rich and buttery yolk with each bite.

Perhaps pretzels and wine is the new pretzels and beer.

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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