Editor’s Note: Since publication, Twisted Doh! has temporarily closed shop. They are currently working toward relocating as a food truck. Check their website for updates.
When Anthony Johnson decided to open his first restaurant, he initially envisioned a donut shop. Lucky for us, that idea morphed into something a little more twisted. After researching the donut market, he found it was pretty saturated, with a mom-and-pop shop on virtually every corner. That’s when he decided pretzel dough was the next big thing. The result is his new venture, Twisted Doh! Open since last October, it’s a creative take on the basic pretzel, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.
Or, maybe it is. There’s the Joyful Almond, the Campfire, the Whipped PB&J and the Almond Delight. “Our recipes come from traditional flavors that a person would’ve liked when they were a kid,” says Anthony. Each gourmet soft pretzel is hand-twisted and placed in a warmer until it’s ordered. Then, it’s dipped in a glaze (for example, the Campfire has chocolate glaze topped with graham crackers and marshmallows) and served piping hot.
Twisted Doh! doesn’t just indulge your inner eight-year-old, though. There’s also a selection of Doh!wiches. “We describe them as burritos wrapped in pretzel dough instead of a tortilla,” says Anthony. They include hearty breakfast choices like the Monte Cristo as well as the lunch favorite Twisted Pizza. Anthony’s daughter, Auvion, and his fiancée, Alicia, also had a hand in perfecting these recipes. Exactly how long did it take to create such mouth-watering concoctions? “It took about six months of experimentation,” says Anthony. “And about five pounds,” adds Alicia.
While you wait on your gourmet pretzel, you can sit and enjoy a drink from the full coffee bar — everything from lattes, cappuccinos or the signature Twisted Mocha. Or, if you’re picking up something to go, there’s a convenient drive-through. You can also call ahead or order online at twisteddoh.com.
Twisted Doh!’s location — inside The Craft Kitchen — is unique and perfectly suited. During operating hours, the commercial kitchen is dedicated to pretzel-making. After hours, different foodies come in to use the kitchen to prepare food either sold commercially or at trade shows.
“The concept,” says Alicia, “is something different, something unique and something twisted.” Which, in this case, is a very good thing.
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