It seems there's an official holiday for every animal, person, food and trend these days. And I am here for each one: National Compliment Day, Eat Beans Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day. What better way to make a celebration out of a random Thursday?
This random Thursday happens to be named in honor of everyone's favorite twisted, salted carb day: National Pretzel Day! We're rounding up some of the best, and most unique local pretzel dishes to celebrate.
O.P.P. (Other. Peoples. Pretzels.)
$8, Old Town Gringos
At Old Town Gringos, the music-themed menu includes the O.P.P. (Other. Peoples. Pretzels.) – a pretzel board featuring fresh soft pretzel bites and other chef's choice snacks such as picked cauliflower or perfectly crisp bacom, served with a side of hatch green chile queso dip, stone ground mustard and ancho ranch for dipping. Count. Us. In.
4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, oldtowngringos.com
Best Turkey Sandwich
$13, The Vig
What is it about pretzel buns that elevate a regular, ol' turkey sandwich into one fit for a king? All hail the king of sandwich buns at The Vig: Savor the handful of warm roasted turkey breast with cranberry chutney, roasted tomatoes, fresh coleslaw, dill havarti and dijonnaise served on a soft pretzel bun.
Multiple Valley locations, thevig.us
Soft Pretzels & Provolone Fondue
$11, Culinary Dropout
Like the over-salted, frozen soft pretzels of your T-ball snack shack youth but way, way better. The pretzel dish of all pretzels dishes is a giant bowl of fresh, homemade salted pretzel bites at Culinary Dropout. And instead of the neon-orange nacho "cheese" served out of a hand pump, CD serves their yeasty bowl o' carbs with a bowl of goey provolone fondue magic.
Multiple Valley locations, culinarydropout.com
**CDO PRETZEL DAY INSTAGRAM CONTEST** Share a photo using #NationalPretzelDay on Thursday, tag @CulinaryDropout and be entered for a chance to win a month-long supply of their house-made Pretzel Bites, free for one month at any of their locations.
$8, Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery
Do you prefer cheese or mustard for pretzel dipping? At Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery, you don't have to choose. At the Old Town brewery, the Domaine DuPage Organic Pretzel comes with both Outlaw 2.0 Stone Ground Mustard and Twenty-Plus beer cheese sauce.
4321 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, twobrothersbrewing.com
Windor's warm pretzel is paired with a decadent cheddar fondue, apple slices and sausage for the perfect start to any meal… or make it a meal in itself. Twist our arm, why don't you?
5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, windsoraz.com
Where will you head to celebrate?