The Scene There’s something unique in the city when you see a little building with a split barn door. The only seating is a little patio. They are located by a school. Signs are posted that during school days, no street parking is allowed. Neighborhood street parking on a weekend was no issue. The Pretzel Bakery is closed Mondays, open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Food The Pretzel Bakery is the brainchild of Philadelphia native Sean Haney who wanted to share his love of Philly-style, hand-rolled in house, soft pretzels to Washington. The menu is strictly pretzels with three varieties: salted, cinnamon glazed and everything. Pretzels are reasonable at $2 a pop, 3 for $5 or $18 for a dozen. There’s also the pretzel bomb which is a Nutella-filled sweet pretzel roll ($2.50). Newly rolled out (no pun intended) are breakfast sliders ($3 or 2 for $5) consisting of bacon, egg and cheese on an everything pretzel roll. Several kinds of mustard is free to squeeze, but you can also purchase cups of it along with Nutella or cream cheese for $1. Beverages includes bottled Boylan soda, Horizon milk carton, OJ and their own Basil Lemonade. During the winter, it’s trip worthy to grab a Hotella, better known as Nutella hot chocolate. The Kid Appeal Several families were present. It’s kind of hard to miss the place with the line. On Saturdays during the spring and summer, they feature pretzel dogs and Italian Ice. The all-beef Hebrew National hot dogs are grilled fresh on the patio. The pretzel dog tasted so delicious that I had to restrain myself from getting a second one. The Pretzel Bakery is located across from Payne Elementary. When school is not in session, take the kiddies to the playground. Noise Level Music is piped out from the barn door, but it’s at a low decibel. High Chairs/Boosters None available. Changing Tables None available. Review and photo by Kathleen Molloy.


Infant to 6

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