In a word: I mean, it's no Hot Sam.
JM ate the #3 combo: a pretzel dog with cheese sauce and a cherry limeade Icee.
Nichole ate the sesame pretzel.
We split some pretzel bites.
The bill was $12, or $6/person, plus tip.
JM gave Auntie Anne's a C; Nichole gave Auntie Anne's a C+ (see our grading rubric).
Auntie Anne's is a mall pretzel chain, and as such, does a good job reeling in the snack seekers. They serve up Brezeln that are better than SuperPretzels, which combine overtanned crusts with mealy crumbs to make a big fat gut guilt bomb. Auntie's offerings are crisper & saltier than that, plus there are some tasty variations like pepperoni and cheese and stuff.
We got a sesame pretzel, a pretzel dog, and some pretzel bites. The sesame pretzel had some salt mixed in with solid coat of seeds. The pretzel dog was a hearty weenie wrapped in pretzel dough, and the pretzel bites were the butteriest of the bunch. The cherry limeade Icee was indeed great as great as advertised.
We gotta confess that the highlight of the meal was the championship mustards that we brought in ourselves. The Maille Honey Dijon and 2012's International Champion, 3 Monkeys Sweet & Hot, made the snack into a meal. That said, Auntie Anne's was short on certain items at what could only be called dinner rush. Maybe their dinner rush is when Madison Memorial students congregate after school to drop fives and tens on calorie-laden sweet and salty snacks rather than say, meal time. Indeed, Auntie Anne's isn't even in the food court.
Aside: their logo features angelic haloed pretzels which begs the question: "Are these pretzels dead?"