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Large Soft Pretzels

I am a transplanted New Yorker living in Toronto and I miss the large,soft,hot pretzels
that are sold by street vendors in NYC.
Has anyone seen these salty delights in TO?
(I am aware that you can buy a frozen pseudo-pretzel in the grocery store but I want the REAL THING!!!)

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  1. emq, there's a little soft pretzel shop in Yorkdale Mall (Yorkdale Rd. exit from Hwy 401). They're not bad, probably not up to NYC standards, but certainly better than the packaged or frozen options.

    1. There are pretzel vendors in a lot of the malls in the food court. There's one at the GO Union Station and most of the major malls. I think they are called Pretzel Time or something like that. They may not be exactly what you are yearning for from NYC, but they might satisfy the craving.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        Pusateri's used to sell soft pretzels. Not sure if they still do. I think that they may have been made by the German bakery which used to have a location on Eglinton W. I forget the name...was it Konditori 'something'? Sorry about the vagueness of this post.

      2. You can get soft Pretzels at PretzelMaker. Here is the list of stores:

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          That's the one I was thinking of - PretzelMaker - not PretzelTime :)

          1. re: foodyDudey

            PretzelMaker pretzels are revolting. Very sweet, like some kind of dessert rather than a real pretzel. Avoid them.

          2. Though not as soft as the pretzels you get in the mall, the large pretzels from the Dimpflmeier Bakery in Etobicoke seemed to me more like like the ones found in NYC. I did not have them warm, but they were dense and kind of chewy and great with some mustard.

            As I have never been to the actual bakery, I cannot tell you if they bake them throughout the day, but they were pretty good out of the microwave.

            1. It's not a street vendor pretzel, but it's German and fat and squishy and fantastic - Amadeus restaurant at Richmond and University has wonderful pretzels.

              I stumbled upon this place and found the food surprisingly authentic and good. It won't channel the NY vibe you're missing, but if it's pretzel you want, this is the place (we shamefully ordered extra... good with mustard).

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              1. re: Rabbit

                I second the pretzels at Amadeus - yummy!

              2. Stonemill Bakehouse, downstairs at St Lawrence Market, has the real German pretzels on Saturday mornings. I seem to remember the American pretzels being doughier but the Stonemill pretzels are worth a try if you're at the market.

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                1. re: Mila

                  This was the one that I was going to suggest. Really good pretzels. Then you can even go to the Anton Kozlic's upstairs for a good mustard to go with!

                2. Dimp's has the best soft pretzels(stick+twisted)I've had in the GTA.They're made fresh all during the day, so they're often hot. On Advance just east of Kipling. Watch out for the demolition derby parking space contests.Also the home of some of the best rye bread you'll have ever. Outlet pricing to boot!

                  1. The Sobey's Express on Yonge south of Wellesley carries them in the bakery section. They are pretty good but you would have to prepare it yourself- heating it, adding butter, mustard etc.

                    1. Just have to revive this thread to share my find. My mom and I, both German and very fond of excellent salt pretzels, are addicted to the ones sold at The Bagel House. They're somewhat bagelly, but they are a heck of a lot better than most. Fresh each day, crisp and chewy, with plenty o' salt.