Although Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels have been around for
15 years, for the first time, owners Kim and Scott Holstein have
opened a stand-alone café. Located in the heart of Chicago's
Lincoln Park neighborhood, Kim & Scott's Cafe
Twist offers a new twist on sandwiches, salads and soups.
The café replaces sandwich bread with large, soft pretzels. Try
tuna salad on a whole grain Bavarian pretzel. Or how about turkey
on a warm sourdough asiago pretzel? Kid-friendly twists include
Pretzel Dogs and Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel sandwiches. Since
sandwiches (all under $6) are made to order, you can mix and match
your favorite ingredients with the pretzel of your choice. You can
also choose a combo meal, pairing pretzels with chips or soup. My
9-year-old highly recommends the chicken chili.
Smaller appetites should try a signature stuffed pretzel
($3.25), which come in sweet and savory options. My 5-year-old
devoured his pizza pretzel while I was busy drooling over the warm
apple cinnamon one. Little dippers might like a flight of pretzel
knots ($3.65), five bite-size pretzels with your choice of dip.
Whether you're into cheese, mustard or sweet glazes, these make a
Kids can even twist their own creations. For $5.95, choose
Savory Pizza, Sweet S'mores or Rainbow. In addition to an apron and
paper hat, each child receives instructions, pizza dough and
toppings. It's gooey fun achieving the perfect pretzel shape, but
the real creativity comes when kids paint and position toppings.
We chose to have the café bake our creations (15-20 minutes).
They wisely include an activity book and crayons to keep little
fingers busy while waiting. Pretzels also come with home-baking
With its coffee shop feel and cozy atmosphere, the café is
already a popular meeting spot. You may have to dodge strollers to
get to your table. The family-friendly vibe and great prices only
add to the charm.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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