I accidentally found The German Bakery while scrounging for food near the airport hotel mecca this weekend. I made a sudden turn in the U-Haul I was driving (which was used to hold Star Wars toys from the late 90s/early 2000s), parked about 4 feet away from the curb, and B-lined it to the entrance. The place was popping. Cakes, danishes, bread rolls galore. Plus another side of the store dedicated to meats. There was no line just tons of people drooling indecisively so I made a move getting one of the German-accented clerk's attention for a pretzel. The pretzels were in a basket on the counter, and I got one of the last ones. $1.50.
This pretzel is the most unique I've tasted thus far in the throw down. A strong lye crust on the outside and an airy, almost dry french bread crumb on the inside. The salt was Achilles ankle dipped. It was super fresh and good, but would have been 200% better with some kind of mustard/cheese/butter to fill some of those air pockets.
None the less, this was a score of a deal pretzel at $1.50 and just like a real deal German bakery in Deutschland so the pretzel is authentic.
The German Bakery
10534 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220