After so many disappointing takeoffs on Philly's beloved soft pretzels - chocolate, sweet, stuffed, etc. - we're happy to report that someone finally got it right.
James Barrett's blend of sourdough and whole wheat with fennel seed and anise flavors gives Metropolitan's savory soft pretzels the take-me-home, serve-to-guests quality our favorite street food never quite achieved.
Sourdough Fennel Pretzels, $1.50 each. At Metropolitan Bakery, 262 S.19th St. and Reading Terminal Market locations.
- Marilynn Marter
Scoop of the year
A 7-inch handle lets you dip easily into those slim coffee bags. No more plastic scoops buried in beans.