I never thought of myself as a pretzel person nor did I think Edmonton would have a secret hankering for the twisted treat. Zwick’s Pretzels quickly changed that with their soft knots, both savoury and sweet.With the softest of soft openings last month, Zwick’s Pretzels is actually a rebranding of Cellar Door Cake & Catering Co. The space on 107 Avenue and 124 Street isn’t new to them, their catering business operating at the location for over five years. Owners Darren Zwicker and Maria Chau still offer their catering menu, a collection of breakfast and lunch items, as well as wedding reception platters and hors d’oeuvres. As if a pretzel bar isn’t enough, they can also offer you a perogy, dimsum, or taco bar! But I digress. Let’s refocus on the pretzels.
The space is small, a hidden gem or hole-in-the-wall if there ever was one. Make sure you push the door closed when you enter, it’s a part of the charm. The menu is written on a blackboard wall, separated into sandwiches, pretzels, and dips.I tried the Pork Sausage ($4) and was surprised by the portion size. A generous link of pork sausage is served on a pretzel bun, topped with a scoopful of sweet onion relish. Delicious and a treat to eat in the shop. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Bacon & Egg sandwich so that will be on my list for my next visit! The pretzel menu is what most people will be interested in. It’s divided into Basic (Butter, Butter & Salt, and Garlic Butter), Dusted (Savoury Garlic, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cinnamon Sugar), and Cheese (Spicy Scallion & Mozza, Guajillo & Feta, and Cheddar & Black Pepper). I can’t really be bothered with choosing, so I tried everything on my first visit, with the exception of the Butter and the Cinnamon Sugar. I’m a savoury kind of gal. Pretzels are baked to perfection, soft, yet with good structure. The Garlic Butter is perfect to go alongside dips (some complimentary in squeeze bottles or available to order for an extra $1). Although the dusted pretzels were packed with flavour, it’s the cheese pretzels that really make me drool. The Spicy Scallion & Mozza is particularly noteworthy, and my favourite is the Guajillo & Feta. Who doesn’t love a touch of heat and a sprinkling of cheese?
Since my first visit, Zwick’s Pretzels has been pretty consistent. I can’t help but order a variety of flavours but maybe one day I’ll be strong enough to order just one pretzel.I’ve always thought Edmonton was lacking in what I call “in between shops” — the places you’d visit in between breakfast and lunch or lunch and supper while you’re traveling. As you can tell, I like to cram my day with food when I visit a food-centric city. Zwick’s Pretzels is just the perfect “in between” shop for me and a great addition to Edmonton. Grab a pretzel (or in my case, a handful) to snack on throughout the day!
Note: Enter the parking lot from 124 Street, it’s a one-way, angled-parking lot designed to slow your sprint to the pretzels. They’re also closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so buy enough to hunker down.
12415 – 107 Avenue NW