Monti's Pretzel

This Saturday, April 26th, is National Pretzel Day. While we hardly need an excuse to eat the salty twists of dough, we put together a list of five spots serving pretzels, just for the occasion.

Monti's (4757 N Talman Ave)

The husband and wife team behind this authentic Philly cheesesteak shop hail from the city of brotherly love, so it's no wonder other Philadelphia staples pop up on the menu. Order the soft pretzel nuggets, which come to the table warm, topped with just enough salt, and are served with two dipping sauces-a spicy mustard and a house-made aged cheddar sauce (pictured above).

Longman & Eagle (2657 N Kedzie Ave)

With a crispy crackly crust, and a soft pillowy inside, Longman & Eagle's version nails two of the most important characteristics of a truly delicious pretzel. It's served with a side of Welsh rarebit, a gooey beer and cheese mixture perfect for dipping.

Bangers & Lace (1670 W Division St)

The soft Bavarian-style pretzel at Bangers & Lace is made even better by dipping it into their house-made chocolate stout mustard.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate (1747 N Damen Ave)

Start your meal with the house-made soft pretzel, which arrives delicately salted, perfectly pillowy, and with a side of Carr Valley pepper jack cheese.

Chicago Brauhaus (4732 N Lincoln Ave)

No German restaurant would be complete without a pretzel on the menu. Order the big Bavarian-style pretzel, which comes out on a plate barely big enough to hold it. The pretzel is large enough to share as an appetizer, but if you ordered a beer and tackled it alone, no one would blame you.