According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualization without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and pretzels. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of pretzels, snacks, and drinks at Nautical Knots in Grand Haven.
Nautical Knots, embarking on its 11th season on the Grand Haven boardwalk, crafts a toothsome menu of sweet and savory bites. Tender handfuls of dough, prepared fresh throughout the day, are crimped to order and crisped into glossy knots with the diameter of a volleyball and the golden glow of a well-rested disco ball. Ease unruly appetites with a salt-crowned original pretzel ($2.83), or match parmesan-herb, sesame, and frosted raisin twists with a host of eligible dipping sauces ($0.59) waiting to break in new bibs. The Nauti Dog, enveloped in pretzel dough and wreathed in ketchup and mustard, satisfies protein yens ($2.83), while hungry baked potato boats wait to be filled with triads of toppings such as butter, nacho cheese, chili, and more ($3.83; additional toppings for a fee).
Toast Nautical Knots’ avian regular, Mr. Duck, with a selection of drinks, including the frozen mudslide ($2.83), or take pretzel-infused legs on a postprandial meander by the mouth of the Grand River.
Sometime around the dawn of man, a human discovered that dough is worth more when tied into intricate shapes. Fast-forward a couple millennia to the present, and you’ll find that Nautical Knots has taken the next step in pretzel innovation. Since 2001, the Grand Haven boardwalk has benefited from the skillful tying of the eatery’s pretzel knots, which come in 11 sweet and savory varieties such as asiago cheese, frosted raisin, and sesame seed. In addition to stretching the dough into traditional pretzel shapes, staffers also twist it around frankfurters to make a signature treat they call the Nauti Dog, served with reckless amounts of ketchup and mustard. The waterside stand, which is open from May to September, also loads baked potatoes with cheese, chili, and salsa, and whips up frozen strawberry and mudslide drinks that combat the summer heat nearly as well as turning off the sun.