If you haven't heard by now, Edmonton got its first freshly baked pretzel store! Having just opened less than a month ago, there are already lineups on the daily. It's definitely worth the wait though. I had a friend who asked me if it's better than Wetzels Pretzels... please don't even compare this place to Wetzels. Wetzels definitely does not have fresh, delicious, and soft pretzels like Zwick's does. As soon as you step into the door, you'll smell it in the air. I should probably mention by now that you can find this little gem near 124 street. The shop itself only has a picnic table for about six people and a small waiting area beside it which can get cramped. There's angle parking in front though, so you don't have to attempt to parallel like for the rest of the eateries in the area! My friends and I stopped by on a Wednesday just before the lunch rush started. Good thing we came around 11 AM because by the time we left, it was filled with people waiting. We didn't have to wait that long for our food but it wasn't super fast either, which is understandable.
Their chalkboard menu features three main categories: sandwichzels, pretzels, and dips. Everything is reasonably priced so feel free to go on a pretzel spree!
Pretzels: Guajillo & Feta, Savoury Garlic, Butter $2-$3 each
I was the only one at the table who ordered pretzels. My friends ended up watching me eat them in envy. There are 3 types of pretzels: basic, dusted, and cheese. Basic and dusted pretzels can be bought in nubs as well - basically mini sized pretzel bites. I tried each type of pretzel. For those who are less adventurous, a basic pretzel is meant for you (butter, butter & salt, garlic butter). If you want a bit of flavour then a dusted pretzel is your go-to. I had the savoury garlic and enjoyed how it wasn't super garlic-ly, no lingering bad breath here! My personal favourite was the cheese pretzel though, guajillo & feta in particular. It has a slightly tangy flavour while remaining cheesy with the feta pieces. Super flavourful!
Now onto the pretzel itself, it wasn't too big or small. It's just bigger than the size of my hand so it's great for a snack. The pretzels are soft, fluffy, and just a bit moist on the inside. I didn't try any pretzel dips with mine but they do have a variety to choose from. Oh and for dessert lovers, there's a cinammon sugar pretzel (or nubs) for you guys.
Bacon & Egg Sandwichzel $5
Wow, this was the BEST breakfast sandwich I've ever had. Three of us at the table all got one each and enjoyed it. The pretzel bun kinda reminded me of a bagel sandwich. It was pretty simple - house cured back bacon, sunny side egg, and grilled tomato, but quite memorable. I'll come back for you again...
Dill, Pea, & Potato Salad $3
The potato salad was creamy and full of flavour from the hints of dill. Aside from borscht, which is a vegetarian option, this potato salad was the only side offered. That's fine though cause I'd rather eat my sandwichzels with a side of pretzel!
Corned Beef Sandwichzel $8
This would be the most filling sandwichzel on the menu. It's stuffed with house cured brisket, melted swiss and mozza cheese, vinegar slaw, and a "magic sauce". All in between a pretzel bun, of course. If you're looking for something at Zwick's that delivers more protein than carbs, you should get this.
Pork Sausage Sandwichzel $4
The last sandwichzel on the menu was more of a "hot dog" type of sandwich. It was a pork sausage served between a pretzel bun with apple onion relish on top. This is the item that I really want to try on my next visit!
If you love pretzels then you need to make a visit here ASAP. Just be aware that there might be a wait if you go around peak hours (mainly lunch time). They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as well. I'll be back to get my pretzel fix!
12415 107 Avenue
Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 10 am - 3 pm