After living away for...too many years, I have just moved back to Philadelphia. As a hometown girl, I actually did grow up on soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, hoagies, scrapple, pepper pot soup and all the other things that make Philadelphia, well, Philly. My first question for the board is about soft pretzels. Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels are eh, alright...but a bit too soft, too light, to be really great...I grew up eating the pretzels sold by guys on the street, a dollar for a bag of four. I seem to remember them being a bit more flavorful and a bit coarser in texture than the Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels are. The greasy, soft, doughy Auntie Anne's-style pretzels are unacceptable!
So, is anyone willing to share your favorite places to get soft pretzels with me?