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  • ncara Nov 13, 2007 02:16 PM
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Where can I find good pretzels like those at Federal Pretzel Co. within the City?

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  1. Philly Soft Pretzel Factory has decent pretzels and a number of locations in the area: http://www.phillysoftpretzelfactory.com They also have very good ones (think closer to Auntie Anne's (or however it's spelled)) at Fisher's in the Reading Terminal Market. They are softer and have a more pronounced doughy flavor.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      so are these "close enough"? we live in Lancaster and mainly find the Auntie Anne's variety (a little too sweet for my taste)... I miss the pretzels from the Pennsauken Mart!

      1. re: mamakto3

        The place that was in Pennsauken Mart has re-opened in a new location, not too far away, either. They even have the same oven from the Mart! Enjoy!
        Cass's Mart Pretzel Bakery
        Address: 202 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
        Phone: (856) 829-0012

    2. When I worked in that area, I liked Sansom Street Soft Pretzel Factory on Sansom between 15th and 16th.

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      1. re: Philly Ray

        It's the same thing :)

      2. Center City Soft Pretzel on Washington Avenue. Open in the mornings and late night, 4 for $1. They have a texture similar to Federal, I think the Factory's are a bit doughy (but still not bad).

        1. i've yet to find better than the amish at the reading terminal market! that and a root beer float from the same place... heavenly.

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          1. re: rabidog

            Which stand? I'd like to make that my begin-the-weekend treat since I work nearby, but I can't even think where there's an Amish stand that sells root beer floats.

            1. re: Ali

              Fisher's Pretzels sells ice cream and candy, and they make shakes and floats.

              1. re: Ali

                it's back in the amish corner, adjecent to the public eating area.

                1. re: Ali

                  these are fabulous pretzels! They also make a hot and slightly sweet mustard by the jar that is great on the pretzels. If you take some home, put them in the toaster oven and they are still delicious. They get stale pretty fast...not that I have to worry about that in my house as they are too hard to resist.

                  1. re: mschow

                    ooooh i forgot about the mustards! i think there are 3 offered, for $0.25 for a small dipping portion. they are great, but those pretzels are good enough to be had plain too! :)

              2. how bout the federal pretzel bakery at seventh and federal st one block south of washington ave, open till 1 pm

                1. I am also looking for a good Philly soft pretzel, but I am in the Pacific Northwest. The Pretzel Factory does not ship. Anyone know who would ship to a displaced Philly Chowhound in need of a pretzel fix?

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                  1. re: JohnnyT

                    Call these guys, Johnny. I'm pretty sure they'll do it:
                    http://www.quakertownsoftpretzel.com/

                    Tell them to send you 20 in a Flat-Rate Priority Mail box, salt on the side. They know what they're doing.

                    1. re: Anne Troy

                      This is great! I am a New Yorker who can't find a decent Philly pretzel.

                      1. re: Anne Troy

                        The web site does not work. Are they out of business?

                        1. re: JohnnyT

                          since you're replying to a 2007 thread, seems likely.
                          i've actually started making soft pretzels at home. they're fun, and while they're kinda time consuming it's the sort of thing that you can make into a group activity, w/kids forming pretzels, etc.
                          they are good pretzels, but NOT the kind you grew up with if you grew up in Philly.

                      2. re: JohnnyT

                        The Pennsylvania General Store will ship soft pretzels as well as tastycakes, Goldberg's Peanut Chews and other "local" foods: www.pageneralstore.com