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Best Place to Buy Smoked Fish?

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TsMom Nov 10, 2005 06:46 AM

Where is the best place in the DC area to buy good old-fashioned lox and white fish? and, while you're thinking about it, bagels?

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    oddlite RE: TsMom Nov 10, 2005 09:47 AM

    There's no Barney Greengrass equivalent here, but you can find good smoked fish selections at fancy markets like Dean & Deluca in Georgetown and the various Balducci's, although I can't speak to their bagel selection, if any.
    Calvert Woodley Wines has a good smoked fish selection and they sell H & H bagels. I think they're baked locally either with dough from NY or using the licensed recipe. I've never felt H & H was anything special, but in this city they probably stand out.
    Now if anyone knows where I could find a real bially in DC...

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      MLP RE: oddlite Nov 10, 2005 11:19 AM

      I believe Wegman's Kosher section is a pretty good runner for smoked fish, bagels and biallys.

      The only other place in NoVa I would recommend is Chutzpah in Fairfax.

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        Adam RE: MLP Nov 10, 2005 12:51 PM

        Agree. I would say Wegmans is your best option.

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          oddlite RE: Adam Nov 10, 2005 05:17 PM

          Definitely agree they have a good smoked fish/bagel selection but they're both pretty far out from DC proper. Fairfax location is at least 1/2 hour drive and the Dulles location is a little farther.

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        TsMom RE: oddlite Nov 11, 2005 09:09 AM

        Thanks for all of your ideas... in the end, I decided that instead of driving to the suburbs for two hours, I would order from Barney Greengrass on the internet!

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          oddlite RE: TsMom Nov 17, 2005 03:53 PM

          So crazy it just might work! If you're going to the trouble, I hope you at least ordered some of the sturgeon king's smoked sturgeon. Like butter, it is. And their biallys. And their chopped liver.

          If you've never actually been there, it's a must try for brunch the next time you're in NYC.

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        Jamie D RE: TsMom Nov 10, 2005 09:57 AM

        someone please tell me that the Parkway Deli in Silver Spring is still the place to go. Their bagels with smoked sablefish used to make me swoon, but that was 20 years ago.

        where is NoVa to go?

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          HungryPete RE: Jamie D Nov 10, 2005 04:36 PM

          I'm a fan of Parkway for many things, but, sadly not their smoked fish: last year, they served me a piece of sable that was truly nasty. This fish was so far gone that it didn't even smell right. Naturally, I've been a little reticent to try their fish again.

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            DanielK RE: HungryPete Nov 10, 2005 07:08 PM

            I was just at Parkway a month or so ago, and thought the smoked sable was divine, so maybe you caught them on a bad day.

            Celebrity Delly in Potomac also does good by smoked fish.

            NOBODY in the DC area does a NY-quality bagel, unfortunately.

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          nickdanger RE: TsMom Nov 10, 2005 11:44 AM

          Bagel City on Rockville Pike and Bethesda Bagels on Bethesda Ave in Bethesda have the best bagels in the area, boiled and then baked. Bialys are not up to NY standard, no surprise. Both have smoked fish selection as does Koshermart in Rockville, on Boiling Brook Parkway, but again, not up to NY in quality or selection. Potomac Deli on Falls Road in Potomac has ok fish as does Whole Foods and Balduccis and some larger Giants. Some people like Shalom in Wheaton, but I do not. Costco has decent packaged smoked salmon/lox for the price.

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            DanielK RE: nickdanger Nov 10, 2005 07:10 PM

            nickdanger brings up a good point - if all you want is lox, Costco's is nearly as good as any of the area delis, and it's half the price.

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              Marc RE: nickdanger Nov 20, 2005 11:00 AM

              While I agree with you on Bethesda Bagels I am going to have to COMPLETELY disagree with you on Bagel City. Bagel City serves small chewy bagels and dont even compare to Bethesda Bagel, much less Ess-a-Bagel

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              bugsy RE: TsMom Nov 10, 2005 02:18 PM

              I've found great smoked trout and herring at Arrow Wine in Arlington.

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                Alan RE: TsMom Nov 10, 2005 04:44 PM

                Hmm, I was at Parkway a few weeks ago. I was planning to buy some smoked salmon for a post Yom-Kippur meal. I changed my mind because I wasn't feeling great, and I didn't feel like paying $27 a pound. I did see a couple order some, though. The salmon being weighed looked very good. A nice clear pink color. I plan on getting some soon. The bagels they had looked fine. Probably not great, but not too many choices around here.

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                  cf RE: TsMom Nov 11, 2005 08:40 AM

                  For my money, Balducci's and Bagel City in Rockville offer the best tasting smoked salmon in the area.

                  Royal Bagel Bakery in Germantown has bagels equal to New York's best and quite simply are far beyond anything else in the area.

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