For about $5 you too can indulge in Kona's best snack: pretzels!
Tucked away just behind Kona's main drag of Ali'i Drive, it's easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. The tiny lean-to looks like it could be felled by a strong wind, but the jaunty store has a long and colorful history in the community, as an activity desk, a florist, a skateboard shop, a glassblower, and a hot dog vendor. I think this fun, varied history suits Mike perfectly, as he's a fun, varied kind of guy.
His passion for life and zest for good food translates perfectly to his huge pretzels. Mike's pretzels are delicious. They're soft, chewy, and crunchy in all the right spots and the flavors and dips combine perfectly. And at $4-$5, they're also one of the best deals on the island. They make the perfect light lunch or hearty snack after a morning of whale watching, snorkeling, or surfing.
On our last visit, he was nearly sold out and we happily took what was left, stuffed cheddar and jalapeno pretzels. In the past, we've also had the classic style with cinnamon sugar dip and traditional mustard (nope, we didn't mix them!) (If you're visiting - and you totally should - keep in mind the posted hours of 'noon til close' are a suggestion at best. An early afternoon visit will probably work out.)
- We always stay at the same place in Kona, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. You can read our review here or see what others think on Trip Advisor, Expedia, and Hotels Combined.
- Want more to eat than pretzels? This is whatIronman participants eat in Kona!
- If your idea of paradise is Hawaii AND chocolate, you'll love my friend Cassie's blog post on touring a Hawaiian chocolate farm (please send some to me!)
Check out our other articles about the Big Island!
The Big Island's Best Splurges
Visiting Lava Tree State Monument
The Big Island's Kilauea Lodge