6 Places to Try Soft Pretzels in Rhode Island
Hand-rolled, stuffed with cheese, sprinkled with sea salt and freshly baked, these warm treats pair well with craft brews.
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A warm salted pretzel or stuffed-with-cheese treat partnered with a sweet or savory dipping sauce (and a craft brew) is a must for these chilly fall days. Here are a few local places to get your own soft-baked pretzel, pretzel sandwich and even pretzel rods dipped in dessert toppings.
Order an individual pretzel or get a sandwich made with a pretzel bun (a gluten-free vegan pretzel bun is offered as well). The Malted Bakery’s pretzels are made fresh, hand-rolled, stuffed and baked to order since they’re best eaten right out of the oven. With plenty of pretzel flavors to choose from (salted, parmesan and asiago, everything, jalepeno-and-cheddar-stuffed and more) and even more dipping sauces (beer cheese, honey mustard and more), you’ll always have a unique pretzel experience. Reservations are required.
How to visit: (Providence) Sunday-Wednesday, noon-8 p.m., Thursday, noon-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon-1 a.m.; delivery options with Uber Eats, Doordash or Grubhub; call for takeout or curbside pickup at 401-490-0300; (Westerly) Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m., delivery options with Grubhub; call for takeout or curbside at 401-315-2184.
Details: 334 Westminster St., Providence, 401-490-0300; 42 High St., Westerly, 401-315-2184, themaltedbarley.com
Walk the lush, woodsy grounds of the Charlestown Rathskeller tavern with a fresh-baked pretzel in hand. Dine indoors or in the backyard (named the Down Back) near the giant fire pit, and pair your pretzel with a burger or sandwich. On Friday and Saturday, visit the Burger Bar and enjoy some live outdoor entertainment from Take it to the Bridge, Nick Bosse and the Southern Roots and other local bands.
How to visit: Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon-9 p.m., Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
Details: 489A Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, 401-792-1000, thecharlestownrathskeller.com
Sweet and salty is GG’s Pretzels specialty. Whether it’s a special occasion or small gathering, GG’s Pretzels has you prepared with soft pretzels and pretzel rod platters. Try the gluten-free products, including soft pretzels, garlic parmigiano pretzel tots or pretzel rods with flavors such as cookies n’ crème, chocolate caramel, maple walnut and more in honor of this year’s spring season. Specialty orders should be placed seven to ten days before the event.
From brunch to dinner, a soft pretzel is always a good snack choice. Indulge in a made-from-scratch pretzel with mustard butter from Bayberry Beer Hall in the relaxing dining area or at the outdoor tables on the sidewalk. Make a reservation online for up to five guests outdoors and up to eight guests indoors. Takeout is offered as well.
How to visit: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m., Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; the kitchen closes at 10 p.m.
Details: 381 West Fountain St., Providence, 401-383-9487, bayberrybeerhall.com
5. The Guild
Come for the beer; stay for the pretzels. The Guild brewery and beer hall has more than a dozen beers to choose from including varieties from Night Shift and Devil’s Purse. They also serve warm, soft pretzels to pair with the brews. Walk ups are welcome; reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating. No more than six people per party.
How to visit: Tuesday-Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m., Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Details: 461 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-724-1241, theguildri.com
The Haversham’s nineteenth century tavern is the ideal location to enjoy a pretzel and a pint of beer. From the wide-ranging menu, you can also decide on other appetizers, seafood, burgers and sandwiches, steaks and ribs, and more. Call to reserve a table.
How to visit: Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m..
Details: 336 Post Rd., Westerly, 401-322-1717, thehaversham.com
Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous version published in October of 2020.