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Aug 29, 2011 07:58 PM
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New Kosher Soft Pretzels in Philly!

Certified by the OU. Check it out here: http://www.centercitypretzel.com/

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  1. Strange web site, but if the pretzels are good, who really cares! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Do you need to wash on soft pretzels? Does anyone besides Philadelphians put mustard on soft pretzels?

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      1. re: SoCal Mother

        Not sure about washing, sorry. I think we are unique on the mustard part but oh man is it GOOD!

        1. re: Prettypoodle

          Private to Pretty Poodle: I had DS1 add a line about mustard on soft pretzels to his Penn application but it didn't help...Something like how he's so ready to live in Philly that he already puts mustard on his soft pretzels. Alas they did not take the bait.

        2. re: SoCal Mother

          My sons, all raised on Long Island and educated in the Northeast or Midwest, all put mustard on their pretzels.

        3. Thanks for posting this! We're going to Philly soon & will add this to the itinerary!

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          1. re: smtanen

            Believe me when I say it is a pleasure!

            1. re: smtanen

              ... Lancaster has hard pretzels. and they're better than the soft ones, my opinion, ymmv.

              1. re: Chowrin

                It's a completely different food. The only thing soft and hard pretzels have in common is the salt.

                1. re: SoCal Mother

                  Then you've never had a real soft pretzel, which only come from a hard pretzel bakery.

                  1. re: Chowrin

                    I don't understand this sentence at all.

                    1. re: queenscook

                      A real soft pretzel is made with soda and flour and water and a bit of salt. Cooked in a hot oven.

                      It's not made with piles of grease, or egg, or any other vile concoction.

                      1. re: Chowrin

                        OK, but how does a soft pretzel come from a hard pretzel bakery?

                        1. re: queenscook

                          Simple, they just pull it out of the oven early and hot.
                          Hard pretzels are designed to be shelf stable, soft pretzels are to be eaten catch as catch can.

                        2. re: Chowrin

                          Still not sure your point. The company linked above and its main philly competitors do nothing but soft pretzels and all follow your "pure" recipe(which by the way is missing yeast).

                          1. re: avitrek

                            Yes, that's my bad, forgetting the yeast.

                2. re: smtanen

                  CC Pretzel is awesome, but it's not a typical food shop. They mainly distribute to street vendors and the like so their retail hours strange--they open at midnight and close at noon--and the retail portion is a tiny, dingy counter. The location is a bit off center; it's close to the Italian Market which is a destination but mostly not open during typical market hours, and in general this is not an area where a tourist would be (or should be) walking around after midnight.

                  But they are delicious when they are fresh and hot, if you have a car and are around there when they're open, definitely stop in!

                3. Why does it say above "certified by the OU"? The website indicates it is under supervision of Community Kashrus Greater Philadelphia , i.e. Keystone-K. Just for the sake of clarification.

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                  1. re: menachemrobins

                    Because that was the case originally. They changed hechsherim twice since then

                  2. So my friend (who was born in this area and recently moved away, while I've only lived here a few years) wants me to try a proper pretzel, which he says should be a Federal Pretzel. For his sake I was going to do it but the company itself is now headquartered in NJ and I'm not paying +$50 for a huge box of pretzels. He also said I should be able to buy one off any random non-hipster and non-ethnic food truck, but puttering around CC the only soft pretzels I could positively identify being sold were made by Center City Soft Pretzel. Once I asked a vendor where he got his (unmarked) pretzels from, and he said "they're made in a factory" so basically I think this will be an unproductive avenue. Does anyone know of a soft pretzel that is the most similar to a Federal Pretzel Baking Company, or where in CC I could just get a Federal pretzel?

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                    1. re: lepidoptery

                      It doesn't look like the Federal pretzels are Kosher.

                      1. re: follick

                        Hm... oh, I am on the chowhound beta and used to pretty much only follow the philly sub-board, but this showed up there (because it's tagged philadelphia) so I didn't realize it was from the kosher board! Guess I'll have to make a new post.

                        1. re: lepidoptery

                          Yeah, this is going to be lots of fun once the new site is officially launched.

                          1. re: queenscook

                            I was thinking the same thing. I think it is much harder to tell where a post originated in beta, especially for people viewing by location. They're used to seeing only posts that are deliberately posted to (in this case) the Philly board, but now they will see posts from all boards if they're tagged Philly. By the way, I was going to comment earlier on your recent post about this board and beta, but it seems to have disappeared. (I was actually surprised it was allowed to remain for as long as it did.)

                      2. re: lepidoptery

                        Whether it's Federal or not, whoever the street vendor is getting from is probably your answer to the closest to federal. If you don't care about it being kosher, which or sounds like is the case, then just go to any street vendor like he suggests.

                        1. re: avitrek

                          He only suggested the food trucks because he thought they were selling Federal pretzels like they had in his childhood... but it does not seem to be the case anymore. In any case he did say Philadephia Pretzel Company are not the right style.

                          1. re: lepidoptery

                            I've gotten some frozen bake-at-home pretzels at Costco that are pretty credible. I grew up in Philly.

                            1. re: SoCal Mother

                              Thanks for the rec, though I'm not sure that's a better option, exactly. XD I mean, it will still be in bulk (I am but a woman! and I don't know how much I'll like them! Though frozen would help) and I don't have a Costco membership. Well, I might have a friend that does, maybe he would like soft pretzels too....

                            2. re: lepidoptery

                              The soft pretzels the street vendors sell are the same style as Federal for sure. That said, there are some pretty sad pretzels being sold by street vendors too. Center City Pretzel co are good assuming they are fresh. They are very similar to Federal. Avoid pretzels that are individually shrink wrapped. Often the carts will not have the pretzels on display but will have them if you ask, especially if they arent selling the suspect shrink wrapped ones. Ask for mustard on the pretzel.

                              1. re: barryg

                                Well if CCP are the same type as FedP, I guess I'll find the time to go to their storefront at their weird hours. XD Do you find them to be different from Philadelphia Pretzel Company's or is my friend just being super particular?

                                1. re: lepidoptery

                                  I'm not familiar with Philadelphia Pretzel Company. If you mean Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, I would say those are the same style but not nearly as good though not awful. Sort of a fast food version.

                                  1. re: barryg

                                    Not trying to throw a wet towel on this discussion . . . just a reminder that this is the Kosher board, not the Philly board, so if these places are not kosher, there are probably better places to discuss this.

                                    1. re: queenscook

                                      well something is kosher as at Torah Academy's grandparents' day, they gave us all soft Philly pretzels as a takeaway snack. no mustard, though.

                                      1. re: queenscook

                                        Unfortunately in the new Chowhound (in beta) there are no more "boards" so this post is considered equally as Philadelphia and Kosher.