6 Pretzel Places in Rhode Island
Hand-rolled, stuffed with cheese, sprinkled with sea salt and freshly baked, these warm treats pair well with craft brews.
This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.
Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous version published in October of 2020.
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 still-chilly spring 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) at one of the Malted Barley locations on either end of the state. The Malted Barley’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, asiago and parmesan, everything, jalapeño-and-cheddar-stuffed and more) and even more dipping sauces (beer cheese, honey mustard and more), you’ll always have a unique pretzel experience.
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 Rathskeller Famous Giant Pretzel and side of cheese sauce with a burger or sandwich. On Thursday and Friday nights visit to enjoy some live outdoor entertainment from Take it to the Bridge, Steve Smith and the Nakeds and other local musicians.
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 a small gathering, GG’s Pretzels has you prepared with gourmet pretzel rod platters. Unique dipping options include mint dark chocolate, cookies n’ creme, orange cashew, coffee nut, spicy peanut and more. The pretzels can even be customized with colors of flavors to fit the theme of your event. 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 sourdough pretzel with mustard butter (or substitute in beer cheese) from Bayberry Beer Hall in the relaxing dining area modeled after a modern beer hall or at the outdoor tables on the sidewalk. Takeout is offered as well if you’d like to enjoy your pretzel in the comforts of your own living room.
381 West Fountain St., Providence, 401-383-9487, bayberrybeerhall.com
5. The Guild
Come for the beer; stay for the soft pretzels. The Guild’s Pawtucket Beer Hall has more than a dozen craft home-brewed beers to choose from including the Apricity Imperial stout, Box Car American IPA and the Grumpy Old Man brown ale. The beer hall also serves warm, soft pretzels with dipping sauce to pair with the brews. Walk ups are welcome; reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating.
461 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-724-1241, theguildri.com
The Haversham’s nineteenth-century tavern is the ideal location to enjoy a soft pretzel stick with a side of queso and a pint of beer. If you’re still hungry afterwards, you can also peruse the wide-ranging menu for other appetizers, seafood, burgers and sandwiches, steaks and ribs and more hearty options.
336 Post Rd., Westerly, 401-322-1717, thehaversham.com