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Get your pretzel on here at Cafe Centraal in Bay View.

A piping hot surprise of a pretzel


October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, special features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food. Bon appetit!

Because I only usually eat pretzels at the zoo and the ballpark, my standards have fallen since I grew up eating delicious examples on the streets of New York. Unlike here in Milwaukee where the pretzel is most often wedded to (natch!) cheese, in the Big Apple, mustard is the bride of choice.

So, when my son and I stopped at Cafe Centraal last week and sampled the pretzel there ($3.50), we were very pleasantly surprised.

The pretzels are baked to order -- according to the menu -- so they arrive at table warm, and in our case, nearly piping hot. And, they arrive with a small dish of spicy Dijon mustard.

With a nice, nearly crunchy exterior and a pillowy soft inside, the Centraal pretzel is a revelation.

In a Teutonic town like Milwaukee, there must be other great pretzels on offer. I'm counting on you, dear reader, to tell us where they are. Please use the talkback feature below to share your tips on our favorite twisted bread.


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merkusa | Oct. 21, 2008 at 2:23 a.m. (report)

Rock Bottom has great pretzels with a cheese/artichoke dip. The restaurants at the Harley-Davidson Museum serve theirs with cheese and mustard.

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upofan | Oct. 20, 2008 at 2:19 p.m. (report)

I hope the hype on this place dies down so I can walk in there and find a place to sit every once in awhile.

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Mike K | Oct. 20, 2008 at 12:51 p.m. (report)

You have to try the pretzels at the Old German Beer Hall on Old World Third. Those are piping hot, huge and delicious!

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CarolV | Oct. 20, 2008 at 12:11 p.m. (report)

Surprisingly, Rock Bottom has them warm with a yummy spicey cheese dip on their appetizer menu.

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aaronmf80 | Oct. 20, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. (report)

Water Street Brewery has great pretzels too.

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