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I'm sure this has been asked before, but I've been away. Where the heck can a fella get a decent bagel in this burg? I have my complaints about this chain and that, but I want to see what you all say. Thanks.

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  1. Try Western Bagel -- they have 6 or 7 locations in the LA area, mostly on the west side, and San Fernando Valley .

    1. Recent bagel talk:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357880

      I am in agreement with those believing that Brooklyn Bagel Bakery on Beverly near Alvarado (west of downtown) have the best bagels in LA (best I've had anywhere, in fact.) Somehow they seem light, airy and almost croissant-like.

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      1. re: chowmominLA

        Light and airy and almost croissant-like, is not a bagel.

        A classic perfect bagel has a very dense chewy exterior and with a soft interior.

        1. re: Jennalynn

          Well whatever it is, it's delicious in my opinion.

          1. re: chowmominLA

            I agree - very good bagels.

            1. re: chowmominLA

              That's funny, every time I've gone there I've had a too-dense-too-chewy ring that made my jaw hurt. I've never, ever had anything close to "light and airy" at BBB.... for control purposes I generally get a poppyseed or onion bagel. But really, after so many failed attempts, I've given up on them.

              BBB is the kind of place I really, really want to like but as a born and bred New Jersey boy, I know good bagels and the best I've found in LA (which are admittedly not anywhere near the quality you can get at 80% of the bakeries in the NY metro area) are at Western Bagel, and also Bagel Broker at Fairfax/Beverly. (I have not tried the place on National that keeps popping up on this board)

              Great bagels need no embellishment, and they don't need to be toasted. They should be a littly crispy and chewy on the outside and soft on the inside. Also, a great bagel is never so dry inside that you need a glass of water to wash it down. You can enjoyably knaw on one the way you can enjoyably eat a soft pretzel with no embellishment.

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        2. St. Urbain's Bagels on Beverly Dr. in BH
          Western Bagel

          1. I like Bagel Broker... to me the closest to a NYC bagel in LA.

            http://www.bagelbroker.com/

            1. Bagel Factory on Sepulveda and National - see Bialy posting...

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                They also have a store on Robertson at Cadillac (this is south of Pico and north of Beverlywood). It's in a tired little strip mall that just has the Bagel Factory and a dry cleaner. They are hands down my favorites in LA though I have not tried BAgel Broker. They also have pretty good soups. Everything is kosher.

              2. Bagel Factory has really good soups.

                1. i think i need to get over to the west side and try some of these =) if you're in the san gabriel valley, goldstein's bagels are yummy. they used to have a location in old town pasadena but now it's gone. i know there's one on santa anita just south of the 210 near the REI. i hear there's another one, but i don't know where it is.

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                  1. re: arifa

                    There's s Goldstein's in La Canada according to their location list on their bag. Goldstein's is the only place I go for bagels though I hear Noah's Bagels is pretty good

                    1. re: crystaw

                      I almost cried when Goldstein's left old town Pasadena. Used to roll out of bed and roll in there to get my fix. Can't stand Noah's. only go there if I'm desperate.

                  2. My favourites (in this order) are Bagel Nosh on 17th and Wilshire in Santa Monica; Western Bagel (the one in Studio City and the one in Burbank are the only ones I've been to) and, in a pinch, Goldstein's in La Gonflada Flintridge.

                    On the other hand, if you're looking for bread in ring shapes masquerading as bagels (light, airy, puffy) there's always Noah's.

                    I haven't done any OC bagel research yet... I'm honestly not expecting much.

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                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      The bagel place I've been to in the OC is Einstein's (at least I think that's the name). They had a decent selection. http://www.einsteinbros.com/index.cfm...

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Noah's - that's how I explained them to my wifey as she prefers them... but they are good for what they are... Sometimes you just don't feel like taking out your dentures ;>

                      2. New York Bagel, at about 23rd and Wilshire, Santa Monica, across the street from Whole Foods. Have done the taste test everywhere and drive across the city for their onion bagels and everything bagels. They have good lox. Good cookies too.