8 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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Soft pretzels from Seven Stars Bakery benefit Bakes for Breast Cancer to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Photo from Seven Stars Bakery’s Facebook page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

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.

 

  1. Seven Stars Bakery

Eat soft pretzels for a good cause. Through October 25, Seven Stars Bakery is collaborating with Bakes For Breast Cancer to sell soft pretzels, and the funds will go towards breast cancer research. Enjoy with a comforting cup of hot coffee.

How to visit: (Providence and Rumford) Daily, 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m., (Cranston) daily, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Details: 820 Hope St.; 342 Broadway, Providence; 1255 Reservoir Ave., Cranston; 20 Newman Ave., Rumford, 401-521-2200, sevenstarsbakery.com

 

2. The Malted Barley

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.  Both indoor and outdoor dining available. Reservations are required.

How to visit: (Providence) Open Sunday and Thursday, noon-10 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, noon-8 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) Open daily from 11-1 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

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A pretzel at the Malted Barley. Photo from Facebook.

 

3. The Charlestown Rathskeller

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 Houston Bernard Autumn Country, the Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Street Survivors and other local bands.

How to visit: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Details: 489a Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, 401-792-1000, thecharlestownrathskeller.com

4. GG’s Pretzels

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 Apple Crisp, Chocolate Caramel, Pumpkin Spice and more in honor of this year’s fall season. Specialty orders should be placed seven to ten days before the event.

How to order: Call their location, or message GG’s Pretzels via email or Facebook.

Details: 691 Main St., Warren, 401-246-4280, ggspretzels@gmail.com, ggspretzels.com

 

5. Bayberry Beer Hall

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, noon-midnight, Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. on Sunday, and between 3-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Details: 381 West Fountain St., Providence, 401-383-9487, bayberrybeerhall.com

 

6. 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-Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Details: 461 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-724-1241, theguildri.com

 

7. Providence GPub

Meet with friends or family at Providence GPub and check out the new beer garden with heat lamps where you can enjoy craft brews, soft-baked pretzels and comfort food meals. Or you can head inside, go downstairs and flaunt your skills when playing games like foosball, pool, shuffleboard, air hockey and corn hole. Make a reservation online.

How to visit: Wednesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, noon-midnight, and Sunday noon-11 p.m.

Details: 61 Orange St., Providence, 401-632-4782, providencegpub.com

 

8. The Haversham Tavern

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: Daily, noon–11 p.m.

Details: 336 Post Rd., Westerly, 401-322-1717, thehaversham.com

 

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