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2004/03/14 18:58:43 (permalink)

Bagels

Greetings to all!!
I've been lurking for a while and feel that it is time to jump in.
Isn't a toasted bagel the BEST!!!
Buttered or better yet my own homemade garlic cream cheese spread.(YUM!!)
Where do you find your favorites?
I know i'll be told that there are no bagels of worth outside of NYC but please humor me. (LOL)
The best I ever had were over 20 years ago when I worked near the U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There was a place just off campus. You could walk in and get the warmest, freshest, chewiest bagels. The garlic was great but the everything (all the seeds) was heaven!!! Now heres the problem....Does anyone know the name of the place?
The bagels around NE Indiana are ok. Not terrible but just ok.
Excuse me... I must leave now and find a toaster. I need a fix!!!!
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    Grampy
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/14 19:18:18 (permalink)
    I was in NYC this past weekend, and could not get my fill of Tal bagels. Sme prefer H&H, but I go with Tal -- toasted, with any of the fabulous cream cheeses.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/14 19:49:03 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Grampy

    I was in NYC this past weekend, and could not get my fill of Tal bagels. Sme prefer H&H, but I go with Tal -- toasted, with any of the fabulous cream cheeses.



    Grampy, which Tal were you at? I live about 30 seconds from one, and would be disappointed if I didn't see you (after all, I know what you look like from the posting of your photo...)
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 09:49:04 (permalink)
    Phil: Actually, we went to two: the one in the East 50s, and the one on 86. We were staying on 46 between first and Second. Sorry we did not hook up. It was something of a whirlwind two days. I should have posted something. At least i know for next time.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 10:30:14 (permalink)
    With raspberry cream cheese. MMMmmm.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 10:35:02 (permalink)
    Tal Bagels and Appetizing...between 53th and 54th on First. Great bagles and great salmon.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 10:35:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    With raspberry cream cheese. MMMmmm.



    Raspberry cream cheese? Uh-oh...you're going to rile up some bagel purists. I'm staying out of it....but, please, for your own safety, don't bring up the subject of blueberry bagels.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 10:43:22 (permalink)
    Thanks for the warning!! Sorry gang, no offense intended!! P.S. I like my bagels plain... . Does that help redeem me at least in some small way?
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 10:53:31 (permalink)
    Tal is great, but a long hike for me from suburban Philly. I love a rye Manhattan Bagel (local franchise), toasted with scallion cream cheese and sliced tomato.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 12:21:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    Thanks for the warning!! Sorry gang, no offense intended!! P.S. I like my bagels plain... . Does that help redeem me at least in some small way?
    No need to redeem yourself....everyone has different tastes, and if someone likes fruit bagels and/or fruited cream cheese on bagels, so be it. :-)

    I'll admit here and now enjoying dutch apple bagels, cinnamon/apple bagels, even chocolate chip bagels. My usual favorite is either asiago or everything, but pretty much as long as it doesn't have nuts on it I'll enjoy it.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 13:13:54 (permalink)
    Other than my own homemade (a very rare occasion), I love bagels made by my cousin in Toronto. They're hand-shaped, boiled in honey-water, then baked in a wood-fed brick oven. Soft but chewy and very tasty! He has 4 locations, name of St. Urbain Bagels (after the original in Montreal). How's THAT for Roadfood?
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/15 23:14:07 (permalink)
    So glad to see a post on bagels! I worship bagels! To invoke Calvin Trillin, they are so much more than just "round bread."

    As far as enhancements and accompaniments, the purist in me insists that if a bagel is really good, it should be delicious just plain - no cream cheese, no butter, no wacko flavorings needed.

    But the part that is...whatever the opposite of a purist is....admits to enjoying an asiago bagel or a blueberry bagel now and then. Still, it does seem to me that these enhanced tend to be inferior specimens to begin with.

    When Manhattan Bagels first opened, they had a scrumptious cheddar cheese bagel - basically a really good plain bagel with chunks of orange cheese worked into the dough. The cheese bits melted slightly if you heated the bagel - wonderful! Then one day I went to get one, and found that the cheese-studded delicacy had been replaced by a bland, salty, uniformly orange, cotton-textured thing. I don't know if the switch was due to cost-cutting measures, misguided notions about customer preferences, or sheer indifference. But it really upsets me that something delicious and unique was abandoned in favor of something mediocre.

    I'll stop ranting now...
    (but for another bagel grievance, please see "Green Bagels" in "Miscellaneous-Food Related")
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 08:20:55 (permalink)
    Zaro's Bread Basket at Grand Central Station had green bagels today. Never had one, never will.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 08:57:53 (permalink)
    My allegiance is with H&H, particularly the sourdough variety. And in a perfect bagel world, I'd much rather have a bagel warm from the baker's oven than toasted.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 10:17:57 (permalink)
    One of the many benefits of living in NYC is that on those days that I crave those carbo's, I can head over to the east side for a 1/4 pound Esse Bagel. A warm Everything with scallion cream cheese hits the spot on these cold, snowy mornings.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 11:30:31 (permalink)
    I feel sorry for those who never had a Lender's bagel when the Lenders made their own on the Boston Post Road in Orange, Connecticut. Then, of course, there were the bagels from Olmer's Bagel Bakery on Legion Avenue in New Haven. New York bagels, indeed.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 11:34:28 (permalink)
    I've had a Lender's bagel from my grocer's freezer case....:-)
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 11:54:57 (permalink)
    Now, Now. Some of the best New Yorker's are former New Havener's and remember the old greats like Olmer's, M&T, Zackeys and Crown(new Haven not W. Hartford). But even the loyal have to admit that a good bagel can be found in NYC
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    I feel sorry for those who never had a Lender's bagel when the Lenders made their own on the Boston Post Road in Orange, Connecticut. Then, of course, there were the bagels from Olmer's Bagel Bakery on Legion Avenue in New Haven. New York bagels, indeed.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 11:55:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    I've had a Lender's bagel from my grocer's freezer case....:-)


    Yeah, so have I. T'aint the same.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 12:21:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    I've had a Lender's bagel from my grocer's freezer case....:-)


    IMHO, Lender's is to bagels as cheese whiz is to cheese.

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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 12:25:21 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tsores

    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    I've had a Lender's bagel from my grocer's freezer case....:-)


    IMHO, Lender's is to bagels as cheese whiz is to cheese.




    That's the Lender's bagels available today. But, when the Lenders made their own bagels you couldn't beat them with a stout stick.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 13:41:01 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Frank Smith


    The best I ever had were over 20 years ago when I worked near the U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There was a place just off campus. You could walk in and get the warmest, freshest, chewiest bagels. The garlic was great but the everything (all the seeds) was heaven!!! Now heres the problem....Does anyone know the name of the place?


    This is just a guess, but could it have been Bruegger's Bagels on University near State or possibly Einstein Bros. about a block away on State?
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 13:54:44 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    quote:
    Originally posted by tsores

    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    I've had a Lender's bagel from my grocer's freezer case....:-)


    IMHO, Lender's is to bagels as cheese whiz is to cheese.




    That's the Lender's bagels available today. But, when the Lenders made their own bagels you couldn't beat them with a stout stick.


    I have no doubt, my friend.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/16 14:25:13 (permalink)
    Thank You, 6star
    It was Bruegger's.
    All I could remember was that it was in the middle of the block near the campus. But once you mentioned University near State, the light dawned. I lived in Plymouth and worked in Livonia, but took some classes in Ann Arbor. Thanks again.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/17 23:48:25 (permalink)
    Great bagels have been around Skokie & Lincolnwood for years. Skokie is known for Kaufman's Deli & Bakery on Dempster and Lincolnwood has Fanny's on Touhy. My favorite are fresh, hot, onion bagels with chive cream cheese, smothered with nova lox, capers, onion, and nice slice of tomato. When the bagels are that fresh, toasting is unnecessary. Can't wait to visit NYC in 3 weeks.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/18 08:11:28 (permalink)


    To inject a little humor ( I hope that is still allowed). My Hubby is a little strange, I won't tell some of the things he likes. BUT One of his favorite sandwichs is - Bologna, farmers cheese & mustard ------ on a blueberry bagel. Oy, not a good thing

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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/18 08:56:46 (permalink)
    As a kid, only egg and plain bagels were available. Then came onion & pumpernickel. Today,anything goes. As a bagel purist, I only eat lox & cream cheese on an onion bagel. The newer bagels have a variety of great cream cheese spreads to compliment them. I could never eat lox on a fruited bagel. That's almost like eating jelly on an onion bagel.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/18 10:12:32 (permalink)
    If you can't do the H&H Bagel thing 'cause you're trapped in the mid-Atlantic area (although NYC's H&H does ship frozen bagels to places like Richmond, Virginia's Padow's Deli [http://www.padows.com/index.cfm?redirect=true] and commercial bagel dough to places like Leesburg, Virginia's Deli South), I've found that the best bagels available can be found at both the:


    Georgetown Bagelry
    (
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=entertainment/profile&id=1026132&typeId=2) -- both the Georgetown and Bethesda [River Road] locations produce good size, chewy bagels and an even better bialy.


    Bagels And...
    Just before Annapolis' historic district off of Rowe Boulevard (2019 West Street -- across from the State Police barracks) where my favorite product is their limited production of what they call their Super Egg Bagel -- an egg bagel with both onions and poppy seeds.


    FYI, mid-Atlantic RoadFooders.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/18 10:22:02 (permalink)
    Best bagels in Cincinnati, to my taste, are to be had at Metro Bagels on the North side of town in the Fields-Ertel area. Really, really good stuff.

    I'm no bagel purist - if someone brings in a bunch of bagels to work, and they are all fruit-flavored (blueberry, strawberry, apple, etc) then that's what I eat :-) I like nearly any flavor of bagel except the ones with nuts.
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    RE: Bagels 2004/03/18 11:01:55 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    Best bagels in Cincinnati, to my taste, are to be had at Metro Bagels on the North side of town in the Fields-Ertel area. Really, really good stuff.

    I'm no bagel purist - if someone brings in a bunch of bagels to work, and they are all fruit-flavored (blueberry, strawberry, apple, etc) then that's what I eat :-) I like nearly any flavor of bagel except the ones with nuts.


    In the Columbus area it's Block's for good bagels. There are two sites, one on East Broad Street, a block east of James Road and their newer place on East Main at McNaughten. The Blocks are from Queens and have been making water bagels in Columbus for at least 25 years. Good hamentashen, too.
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