Well, I’m back from that beautiful place called Camp Kon-O-Kwee. It really is a shame; Deer Valley is easily one of my five favorite places on Earth. Luckily for you, though, so is Pittsburgh. Especially when I can eat sandwiches. So to help myself move on from camp, I did just that. And while I’m coming back, this post isn’t going to be a gargantuan, painstakingly long entry because, as you may have guessed from the picture above, this is the first sandwich where the star is actually the bun.
Anyway, as you would expect, the Pretzel Shop over on the South Side is well known for its variety of pretzel and pretzel-like offerings. They serve up normal soft pretzels, sweet soft pretzels, spicy soft pretzels, soft pretzel bites, and, of course, soft pretzel sandwiches. After hearing good things about the Shop and being a sucker for a good pretzel sandwich, it sounded like a worthwhile venture.
I’ll give a quick rundown of the filler: the hot sausage isn’t just run-of-the-mill sausage, it’s got some serious flavor and a slight kick in the spice department. When paired with the mild and yet flavorful White American cheese, which has got it’s gooey and melty fingers all over the entire sandwich, they make a fantastic and yet subtle base for the pretzel to work it’s magic.
And then we have the pretzel bun. Personally, I like the way a pretzel bun works in bookending a ‘wich: its unusually doughy consistency provides an extra level of chew to the whole ordeal. The Shop’s pretzels were especially primo: when warmed, they had a little elasticity to them that added extra character to the chew. And a key facet of these pretzels was the salt ratio because, as everybody knows, too much salt kills a pretzel but too little leaves you with too little flavor. You may not see it in the picture because they don’t sprinkle it on top, but the Shop’s pretzels pack a seriously salty punch.
Overall, it was yet another solid sandwich: the filler was a notch above adequate while the pretzel bun really, really stole the show. Pretzel-wiches are often overlooked as a part of the Sandwich Family Tree (believe me, I’m working on it) and should garner more attention because, after a while, even the best ‘wiches need a little extra something. The Shop’s got just that.