Best of Philly

Best Soft Pretzel

2014 BEST Pretzel

Stoltzfus Bakery

There’s a time and place for the Philly-style pretzel. But this hand-rolled Amish version is always appropriate: buttery, airy, salty, silky and, often, hot from the oven.

120 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA | 610-549-2954 | Website


2012 BEST Pretzel

Alla Spina

1410 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA

Couple the best pretzel bites with the best beer-and-cheese sauce we’ve ever had and you’ve got something truly special. Read more »

2011 BEST Soft Pretzel

Mart Pretzel

202 Route 130 North, Cinnaminson, NJ

Crackly crust, dense doughy insides when you break one of these open, you can feel the steamy warmth. In a city as pretzel-obsessed as Philly, you’d be amazed how rare that is. You’ll be more amazed to learn it’s a New Jersey pretzel shop that’s showing us how it’s done. Read more »

2010 BEST Pretzel

Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

This house-made ber-pretzel is served with salted radishes and mustard, but we recommend you ditch all that and dip it in Brauhaus’s parsley-chive-and-dill-flecked butter (it comes with bread service, but if you ask for it with the pretzel, they’ll accommodate you) instead. Read more »

2009 BEST Specialty Pretzel

10 Arts

Broad and Chesnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Perfect-for-popping nuggets of buttery, warm, salty soft pretzel are served with a trio of cheddar, jalapeo jam and traditional Dijon mustard sauces to mix-and-match. This is the goodness that happens when Eric Ripert reinvents a Philly classic. Read more »

2009 BEST Soft Pretzel

Miller’s Twist

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Miller’s Twist has picked up where perennial BOP winner Fisher’s has left off at Reading Terminal. The big, buttery, brown, salty soft pretzels fresh dough is made, rolled and baked daily, on-site provide perfect carb-y sustenance for a long day shopping the market’s stalls. Read more »