wirsthaus on la brea is a german bar that has vegan pretzels*, sauerkraut, and beer by the liter…not to mention a decent vegan sausage selection. it’s a great place to waste your afternoon and the contents of your wallet—-god knows i’ve done it.
*i order the pretzel with beer mustard instead of sweet mustard, because i’m paranoid about honey.
golden road to perfect pretzels!
last week, all my dreams came true.
if you know me, you probably know that i’m a huge fan of the even huger soft pretzels at golden road pub. each pretzel is about the size of two human heads and i’ve been known to eat 3 or 4 of them during any given week. they come served slightly crispy and extra salty with a pot of tear-gas-strength house mustard, they are pretzel perfection.
LA vegan pretzel wars
let’s break it down: there are 2 bars in los angeles that i know of where you can get gigantic soft salty pretzels to soak up your beer binge—-pretzels that also happen to be vegan. i’m talking about golden road brewing in atwater village (or is it glendale?) and bruhaus on wilshire. both of these places do amazing pretzels, but i love competition…so let’s pit them against each other! fight fight!
first up, the bruhaus pretz:
super tasty, baked to a crisp, yet cracked because the inside doughiness just wants to explode out. (i’ve eaten this pretzel several times, and it’s always busted!) bruhaus’ bavarian treat clocks in at 9 bucks, and comes with cheese sauce and garden-variety store bought mustard. obviously hold the cheese to make it vegan. i like to opt for an extra side of their homemade “beetchup” (ketchup made with beets!). the salt is a bit skimpy, and i’m a sodium addict—-but still i’d never say no to this pretzel.
next up, golden road:
massive and expertly cooked every time (crispy with its soft and fluffy innards intact!), this dude clocks in at 7 bucks. it’s covered in crunchy salt crystals and served with the HOTTEST MUSTARD i’ve ever tasted (even hotter than my beloved colman’s!!) and for an extra dollar you can add spicy vegan cheese dip. this pretzel is perfect.
while i will continue to eat both pretzels on the regular, golden road brewery is the clear winner. it’s 2 bucks cheaper, the mustard is better, there’s a vegan cheese option, it’s doesn’t look like it has exploded, it’s saltier…AND, the condiments come in silver dishes instead of plastic ones! the little things count.
don’t take my word for it though, go try both pretzels:
golden road brewing website
the pretzels at golden road brewing seem to get even better and better by the day. i feel kinda bad because this place has a gigantic menu stuffed with crazy vegan items, and i’ve tried almost none of them! i get the pretzel every time i go; i can’t help it! it’s just so soft and perfect, and the mustard it comes with is hotter than any i’ve ever tasted (and i’m a colman’s addict). be careful dipping into this stuff. it’ll blow your brains out!
since my last posting on this pretzel, GR now offers 2 sizes: small and large. get the large. you won’t be sorry (unless you eat too much mustard). these pretzels are the PERFECT bar food! i wish they were available at tony’s darts away and mohawk bend as well. until then, i’ll keep getting my fix at golden road!
vegan at union station in LA: a plain wetzel’s pretzel (no butter) and assorted prepackaged foods from famima!!