Thursday, October 6, 2011

Portland Pretzel Throw Down #5: Spints Alehouse

Clean
In my quest to find the best pretzel in Portland, I payed Spints Alehouse a visit per recommendation by my friend Vanessa asking if a dirty pretzel is legal in the Throw Down. We're dropping it like it's hot in this throw down so anything is legal. 


Spints offers a weekly dirty pretzel. We went for the Korean Spare Ribs and Kimchi Dirty Pretzel week. Since I am keeping my throw down at pure pretzel consistency as to not get confused, I opted for a traditional pretzel (above) and Vanessa got dirty (below). 
Dirty
The (clean) Pretzel: Tasted like it had just been re-heated in the microwave. You remember that dry-hard texture of re-heating foods in the 90s that you just accepted because you didn't know any better? The outside had a plesant slightly bitter lye taste. 


The Mustard: Excellent burning notes with tang and a little sourness. A little horseradish heat always makes things better. I needed another round of mustard to make my pretzel better. 


The (dirty) Pretzel: This was disappointing and just weird. Rice on top of a pretzel? White man's kimchi? Fatty spareribs? But, it was worth a try and probably just a bad week of being dirty. 


Spints Alehouse
401 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
503.847.2534

12 comments:

JustinM said...

It looks ridiculous. Would I try it? Sure. But a couple of the other ones you tried looked much better.

Vanessa said...

I have to admit that was a really bad dirty pretzel. The kimchi was really just coleslaw made from the stem of the cabbage with some chili sprinkled sparingly about. And the white rice... Blech. Now their Chicken Fried Steak Dirty Pretzel? Amazing...

Anna A. said...

JustinM - Redank is more like it! Deschutes is still in the lead...

Vanessa - I will go back for a dirty pretzel smothered in something muddy!

Dzoli said...

That seem like a realy horrible experience;(Think will stick to my recepie of Bavarain ..real good real tasty pretzels;)

Gastronomer said...

We were so dumb in the 90s ;-) On to the next great pretzel!

Anna A. said...

Dzoli - What?! I want your recipe!! Please...

Gastronomer - I know, right?! I can't believe we've even made it this far...

Helen said...

Yikes! Dirty pretzel? Why re-invent the wheel? The first photo of the plain pretzel looks just fine to me.

Anna A. said...

Helen - Hah, I know.... but I would totally be down for a dirty Greek pretzel... pour some feta on me :-)

Let Me Eat Cake said...

hmm at first thought kimchi pretzel sounded interesting but yeah not for me, traditional pretzel wins everytime in my book!

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