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Dec 3, 2006 04:43 PM

Bagels in Benicia/Vallejo

Is there anyplace in the Benicia/Vallejo/Fairfield area to get good bagels? I hate driving to the Pinole or Walnut Creek Noah's - please help me find something better and closer!


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  1. Well, gee, I was trying to find the name of the bagel joint in Benicia and I came across this ...

    Lara's Market (Mexican Grocery) Bagels & Hot Coffee
    448 Georgia St

    Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m
    Monday to Saturday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

    Phone: 552-1187

    Who knew?

    Here's a newspaper review of the place and I know it is still in business because it got a recent enthusiastic mention on Yelp ... for the bagels and smears ... I tell you, who would have guessed? Only the cached version is available.

    A back-up is ... and don't laugh ... Safeway. I did a bagel tasting and surprisingly Safeway came out better than some bagel shops. This was the Marin Safeway, so don't know if that applies to all Safeways. Marin seems to have a higher bagel standard than most of the Bay Area. Raley's bagels on the other hand ... feh. It seemed to me there was a place that sold bagels near the Benicia Raley's but I'm not coming up with a name.

    Hope someone will give Lara's a try and report back.

    There's a Noah's in Pinole? Probably in the shopping center, right?

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    1. re: rworange

      The Noah's in Pinole is off Appian Way, on the first big street east of the freeway, in a strip mall. There's an Albertsons next door. Sorry I can't give you better directions.

    2. I did try Lara's - it was okay, but there wasn't much to distinguish it from a Safeway bagel, though the spreads were a slight cut above average.

      In any case, Lara's has gone by the wayside. You might want to try Georgina's (1515 Tennessee) for something slightly different bagel-wise, though I think the scones are a much better deal there.