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Feb 21, 2006 11:03 PM

ISO Best Bagels in Seattle

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Any recommendations on the best bagels in Seattle (preferably between Greenwood and Auburn)?

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  1. My favorites are Zatz bagels in West Seattle (but that's not too close to your preferred locale). See link below.


    1. Bagel Oasis on 65th in Ravenna has the best in the city!

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      1. re: richardoh

        I agree. Bagel Oasis is the best bagel I have had in Seattle.... not as good as Ess-A-Bagel in NYC but pretty darn good. I haven't really had better than Bagel Oasis in Seattle.

      2. I tried Bagel Oasis this morning and must admit that they're pretty damn good (although of course they aren't as good as NYC).

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        1. re: joevandal2000

          I am a big fan of Pike Place bagels, and as a former east coaster, a self admitted bagel snob. (i am in therapy for this, so it will be ok)

          1. re: bluedog67

            at which of these places can you get bagels soft and hot out of the oven (like, rolling out of the oven into your hands, a la St Viateur or similar bakeries in Montreal)? Eating one of these completely demolished my notion of what a bagel was.

              1. re: savvy savorer

                GOD BLESS THE MONTREAL BAGEL. None of that NYC "round bread" crap. I would suggest driving up to Vancouver and head to Siegel's bagels on Cornwall and Burrard. There's another siegels in Granville Island, a food mecca in it's own right. It is as close as you can get to St Viateur this side of Montreal. It is NOT St Viateur but it's a pretty good approximation. They freeze well... Just nuke them for 30sec and then pop them (don't cut them first) in a toaster oven. Tastes pretty close to coming right out of the oven. ENJOY>

        2. My Coffeehouse on Madison Avenue serves H&H bagels from NYC. The only downside is they were previously frozen.

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          1. re: landguy

            I hear they stopped doing this because it got too expensive.

            There are no good bagels in Seattle. There are accept bagel-shaped items that resemble bagels and will serve as a comforting substitute. Zatz, Bagel Oasis, and Pike Place do all have these.

            (800) NY-BAGEL will get you an order of H&H bagels, albeit for a hefty price.

            barleywino, most of these places will give you a hot bagel if they happen to have come out of the oven recently. go early and ask if anything's hot. it's still not the same, though.

            (bluedog67, what time's therapy this week? i forgot)

            1. re: seattledebs

              thanks, i'm no bagel expert, but the Montreal style of bagel blew me away, sort of like comparing a croissant with a hard roll

              1. re: seattledebs

                I gotta say, as a native New Yorker displaced here for grad school, I'll take a Bagel Oasis bagel any day over and H&H. Even back home, I never got the H&H thing--too big and boring for me.

            2. In my opinion, there are no good bagels in Seattle. Try NYC! What you get here is a huge, soft, very bready bagel which has to be toasted to be palatable. I've given up.

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              1. re: Seattle Rose

                seattledebs - i get confused which night is bagel therapy and which night is deli sandwiches. I have been released from pizza therapy due to Tribunali (not the same as ny, but dang is it good!)

                not to slag seattle, folks, we are hands down on coffee, thai, seafood, seasonal, etc. did you hear that ny now has a "thing" about latte art? as if it was a new concept? ha ha!