L.A.'s Best Pretzels

When you think of the pretzel, there's not a whole lot to it. They're pieces of knotted dough, baked with loads of salt on them, sold for next-to-nothing at movies, sporting events or other spectator-friendly areas where one wants to walk (or sit)-and-much. They are also occasionally served with mustard. But, that's your grandpa's pretzel. Nowadays, pretzels are showing up all over the place, most popularly in bun-form, but sometimes even in the occasional dessert. So today, on National Pretzel Day, we celebrate with a gallery of L.A.'s best use of the salty dough.

[Munster and Ossau-iraty on a speck-wrapped pretzel roll from last year's Grilled Cheese Invitational. Photo by Flickr user kelly bone.]

[Mendocino Farms' French Onion Soup Melt, with smoked Gouda, Fontina, cave-aged Gruyere, and caramelized onions, all on a Dolce Forno pretzel roll. Photo by Flickr user kelly bone.]

[A garlic pretzel from West L.A.'s Coffee Tomo. Photo by Flickr user KayOne73.]

[Pretzels on the side, at Stone Brewery in Escondido. Photo by Flickr user aSIMULAtor.]

[Pretzel ice cream, mustard meringue, stout fritter, and chocolate from pop up event Wolvesmouth. Photo by Flickr user djjewelz.]

[Flickr user Philip Fibiger tries to recreate the pretzel buns from Culver City's Rockenwagner in his own kitchen.]

A chocolate-covered pretzel in a box of goodies from Sweet E's Bake Shop. Photo by Flickr user Muy Yum.]

[An heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella sandwich, served on a pretzel bun, from Culver City's Platine. Photo by Flickr user MuyYum.]

[A Mickey Mouse pretzel from Disneyland. Photo by Flickr user akseabird.]

[All beef patty on a pretzel bun, from Hole in the Wall Burger Joint. Photo by Flickr user Daremoshiranai.]

About the Author

Rick Paulas has written plenty of things, some of them serious, many of them not, scattered over the vast expanses of the Internet. He lives in Los Angeles and is a White Sox fan.
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