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what are the best bagels in San Francisco?

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  • Jill D. Dec 4, 2001 04:10 PM
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What do you think? I read in earlier threads of the greatness of House of Bagel, and I like Katz's and Manhattan Bagel just fine.

I have recently had a few Marin Bagel Company bagels and am quite impressed. They're a little teeny bit too sweet, unfortunately, but are well sized (not too big!) and well made.

Good in this context, for me (and for many of you I am sure): boiled, chewy, fresh, flavorful. Not the ridiculous round bread items offered everywhere.

So: other great bagels?

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  1. The Bagelry on Polk and Broadway. Outstanding.

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    1. re: Fern

      Thanks, Fern, I'll give The Bagelry a try and report back.

      Other suggestions? I am really tired of my NY-area relatives visiting and griping about not being able to get a good bagel here (like they're coming for the bagels? no! but whatever, I am on a mission)

      1. re: Jill D

        No bagels in the Bay Area is as great as many of what I used to eat in New York City.

        1. re: Hiko Ikeda

          I wish I could help you, but I would just like to point out that I had a lot of terrible bagels in New York. I know that doesn't help your quest, but jeez, some New Yorkers make it seem like you can get a winner at every corner deli there. It takes some hunting there, too.

          1. re: Dumpling

            I noticed even people working in bagel places here do not know about "authentic" New York-style bagels.

    2. House of Bagels on Geary is pretty good, they've been around forever. Levi's near the Hyatt is pretty good.

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      1. re: edwardpark
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        I'm with you on that one Edward. I've posted on HOB previously since it is our neighborhood fave. IMHO, closest thing to an East Coast bagel I've found in the city.

      2. If you are looking for a good East Coast style bagel, save your energy and just get a breakfast burrito or some granola.

        My hyphothesis: Its my opinion that the water in CA is too hard to produce dough like in NY. Thus you get hard chewy bagels and weird pizza dough. (A friend of mine pointed this out to me. You also don't get suds in your sink like you do back east).

        I gave up trying to make SF into NYC a long time ago. Don't try to get corned beef, pizza, or bagels. Get noodles, asian cuisine, sushi, and mexican. When in Rome do you expect crepes?

        To a later poster, be a real chowhound in NY and get a bagel from one of the ubiquitous street vendors. Always soft and delicious.

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        1. re: Davis

          >>be a real chowhound in NY and get a bagel from one
          >>of the ubiquitous street vendors. Always soft and
          >>delicious.

          "Soft" bagels are not a good thing. You can get those from the freezer in your local supermarket. Look for Lender's deli style. Don't be fooled. A real bagel should have a somewhat heavy, chewy crumb on the inside and have a crisp but slightly flexible crust. They are difficult to find, even in NYC. The bagels you get from street vendors there are NASTY, more like oversized sponges than bagels.