With roots in local farmers’ markets, Brezel pretzels are now making an appearance at the North Market.
Brezel is a pretzel shop that opened its first storefront in the North Market three weeks ago. In their small, colorful space at the market, they offer hand-rolled, Bavarian-style pretzels “with a kick.”
Owners Maria Battaglia-Gentile and Brittany Baum spent the last two years marketing their business at Clinton Farmers Market and the Columbus Winter Farmers Market. Even with the new storefront, they are continuing their contribution to the community by being a part of the Clintonville Farmers Market this summer.
The menu is simple; choose a twisted pretzel or the more traditional pretzel shape. Diners can choose from an assortment of special flavors, including jalapeno, apple cinnamon, habanero, cinnamon sugar, or opt for the original salted style. Flavor options are changed daily or weekly.
After ordering the special pretzel of the day – which was filled and sprinkled with artichoke, garlic and kalamata olive – I was instantly surprised by the distinct but subtle flavors.
It was warm to the touch, soft and easily torn to be shared. The large pretzel was about twice as thick as any Auntie Anne’s pretzel I’ve ever seen, and certainly a filling snack for two people. (Or one very hungry person.)
To pair with the pretzel, there are choices of dips and spreads. Per Battaglia-Gentile’s recommendation, I enjoyed large helpings of the spicy habanero spread and the garlic chive butter, both of which I would find tasty on just about anything.
Small, original twist pretzels are $1 and regular sized pretzels are $4 to $4.50. Spreads and dips range from 50 cents to $1.
Brezel also offers bottled water and Oogavé Natural Soda.