Big Soft German Pretzels on a Sunday morning?
Trying to find some in between Newport Beach for a (you guessed it) Oktoberfest party tomorrow in West LA. Old World's Bakery is closed Sundays. Any other ideas off the 405 to La Cienega to Beverly or thereabouts?
As an old krauthead who has spent lots of time in Bavaria and love the soft pretzels that come with the bread in most good restaurants I can assure you that there are no better than the ones made by Hans Rockenwagner. I get them at a farmers market every s
Saturday in La Canada. I'm sure he has booths at other markets around town. These are lightly salted with a nice dark brown crust and wonderful crumbly dough inside. Not like those god awful wet, stretchy horrors you buy at movie theaters. He also has pretzel bread and muffins. They're all great!
I third Hans Rockenwagner. I think his 3 Square on Abbot Kinney has wider store hours than the bakery on Washington - I think it's 7-7 daily. I'm not sure about the newer place on the #rd Street Promenade.
They recently started offering extra-large pretzels that are about eight inches across, and about two inches in diameter - $2.50 per last Wednesday. I've seen and tried three types that are offered: traditional plain with salt, covered with multi-grain/seed, and covered with a thin layer of cheese. They're all good - you just have to decide which one floats your boat.
I was at the Red Lion last weekend for drink and ordered their pretzel. Not a huge one, but it was warm, fluffy and nicely salted. Perfect accompaniment for a nice glass of Spaten Oktoberfest.
Also, Red Lion feels more central to the city than the stuff in Venice and The Valley if you're not up for the drive.
Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039