A wrapup of local favorites week

Thanks to all who’ve stuck with me during my attempt at “Joan’s Local Favorites Week.”

Today, to wrap up the week, I thought I’d hit a topic of reader request – soft pretzels!

Phil says there’s nothing like a Smittie’s soft pretzel. (He’s also a fan of Mack’s chocolate ice cream, which I can’t fault him for.)

Now, for those of you who are true Yorkers, you know a Smittie’s soft pretzel means this:


But, guess what? That might be changing soon. Why, you ask?

Intrepid photographer Jo (who also made mention that I’d forgotten Handel’s ice cream down in York Township) took the above photo of the old “pretzel shack” on Route 74 north of Dover.

But she also got this photo. A sign of change to come?


As long as they still make the best pretzels EVER, I won’t mind if the shack gets a facelift. But, if you’re looking for some pretty strong pretzel competition, try Epex pretzels, up on Route 30 in the Maple Village shopping center. Epex was a family-feud-split off of Smittie’s back in about 2002, and while I’m not sure if the shop is still in the hands of a Smith family member, I know that their pretzels and pretzel sandwiches are pretty awesome. (Had a pretzel dog for lunch yesterday, matter of fact! That might be also win the “local favorites” award for best York County hot dog.)

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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6 Responses to A wrapup of local favorites week

  1. Jo Ott says:

    The pretzel feud was going on just around the time I moved back to York Co. after a 50+ year absence. At the time I didn’t care who made them or what name they called themselves, I just wanted some. And one day, as I was driving around not having a clue where I was, there was that pretzel shack. Right away I knew I was somewhere around Dover because I remembered hearing about the shack.
    My fondest early memory of those pretzels was when attending Edgar Fahs Smith many years ago. There would be a Smitties pretzel cart out in front of the school and if the pretzel you bought had a red dot in it you got one for free–and I did. Then, they cost a nickel. Now, at Eastern Market, they are a dollar. But I had already quit buying them for health reasons before the price increased.

  2. Phil says:

    wow. i get mentioned in Joan’s blog. Cool. I don’t know how I feel about the shack upgrade. I think pulling up to the shack and buying pretzels from a place you should never really buy anything that goes into your body was a rite of passage. It makes the pretzels taste better, because in a small way, you are cheating death.

  3. jeramiah rosengrant says:

    i love the new stand!

  4. Jack says:

    Grand Opening this Saturday (mmmm, pretzels!)

  5. the new lighthouse stand is up and running also check out our website at http://smittiessoftpretzelonline.webstarts.com/
    now anyone in the usa can order our pretzels online using a major credit cad or paypal!

  6. ljr says:

    I miss the shack :(

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