12 Top Los Angeles Pretzels

Pretzels Los Angeles

Pretzels feature prominently in M.B. Post's "pass the bread" board.

The pretzel isn’t a new thing by any means, but it certainly has started making more appearances throughout L.A., often in the shape of a bun, a re-worked crust, or a new thing to dip into a delicious sauce. We’ve scoured this great city in search of pretzels and its many iterations and below are some favorites, regardless of form.

REMOVED: Brü Haus (Closed), Cooks County (Closed), Tom Bergin’s (Closed)

1. Alpine Village Market – Pretzel

Alpine Village is, by far, the kitschiest location on this round-up. Its proximity to the 110 freeway and Torrance doesn’t seem like it would lend itself to a little German village oasis, but that it does. There’s an inn, shops, a restaurant, and a market. The market is packed with products you would find in Deutschland; the deli counter has items such as Fleischsalat, Currywurst, and Bratwurst; the breads are grainy and hearty; and the mustard selection is expansive.


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A basket on top of the bakery’s glass window holds the pretzels – both twists and rolls. Alpine Village’s pretzels are exactly what you would hope a pretzel to be – a nice lye wash, golden brown in color, big salt rocks strewn on top, with a soft off-white dough protected by an almost crunchy exterior. Alpine Village does an exceptional pretzel.

2. Clementine, Century City- Pretzel

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Annie Miler tends to be a traditionalist at her Century City café, and that’s the case with her pretzels, sizable sea salted twists that are pull apart and pliable, with the occasional surface fissure. However, it’s also possible to order an over the top Pretzel Paroxysm ($11.75) during Grilled Cheese Month, which she describes as “a twisted tumult of turkey, white cheddar, bacon and tomato relish grilled on a traditional pretzel.”

3. Coffee Tomo – Red Bean and Cheese Pretzel:

Coffee Tomo is right off of Sawtelle on Mississippi, among all of the Japanese restaurants and shops. The café is open and bright though the decorations try to make it feel a little warmer (i.e. less stark) with the coffee bean sacks hanging on a wall and some shelving and large wooden tables made of dark wood.

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Coffee Tomo has a variety of pretzels: sweet potato cheese, regular, red bean cheese, jalapeño cheese, and cinnamon sugar. The pretzel dough sits for about a day then takes only 5-6 minutes to prepare once ordered. I tried the red bean and cheese pretzel, rolled up with red bean and mozzarella cheese, which seemed appropriate in Sawtelle Japantown. It’s not too sweet and not too savory but leans on the sweeter side with the prominent red bean paste flavor. The pretzel comes out piping hot and is without a wash, resulting in a softer, flimsier, chewier, pretzel.

4. Congregation Ale House, Long Beach – Fresh Baked Pub Pretzel

Congregation Ale House is on the Downtown Long Beach Promenade and has an ample selection of beer and sausages. The restaurant has the attitude of a pub that is both modernized and retrospective and is constantly packed; ordering happens at the front and then it’s off to fight for a place to sit amongst the indoor tables, outdoor seating and bar chairs. To complete the “congregational” theme, the waitresses even wear Catholic school girl uniforms.

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“Fresh baked pub pretzels” are served with a Chimay cheese and beer fondue sauce, but Congregation Ale House ends their pretzel-cooking-process in a pizza oven. The end result is a doughier, white-bread-like pretzel which is a bit paler than the usual golden variety and is topped with just the right amount of salt. The pretzel goes well with the cheese and beer dipping sauce and even better with an Alpine Nelson IPA.

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5. Got Kosher? – Pretzel Challah: At Got Kosher? in Beverlywood’s Kosher Corridor, chef-owner Alain Cohen makes his family’s Tunisian dishes, which he remembers from his Paris youth, along with a unique bread hybrid: pretzel challah. The compelling mash-up’s available by the loaf or roll, with judicious interior sweetness and a burnished pretzel-like sheathe.

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This is an awesome list. In addition, Wirtshaus on La Brea makes a delicious pretzel among other things at this German Beer Hall.
http://www.wirtshausla.com/home.html

Sean, thanks for the pretzel tip. I’ve seen the goliath pretzel at Wirtshaus, but haven’t tried it. Hell, you could probably see that pretzel from Santa Monica.

Great list! I just had a pretty great philly-style soft pretzel at rita’s in redondo beach:

http://theactorsdiet.com/2013/04/27/philly-phanatics/

Definitely wanna try the Clementine one – my husband goes there almost every day!

Lynn, thanks for commenting. I hadn’t heard of Philly Phanatics, but it makes sense a Philly-style restaurant would have a good pretzel. I’ve had great pretzels in Philly.

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