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Best Bagels - Middlesex/Monmouth County

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yankeefan May 31, 2007 07:15 AM

What does everyone feel are the best bagels in Middlesex and Monmouth counties?
They really are tough to come by sometimes.

I really like Bagel Giant in East Brunswick- esp their energy bagels.

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    veganish RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 07:57 AM

    So glad you did this--I'm looking for some better bagel places in Monmouth County!

    Right now I usually get mine from Wegman's actually, especially the flaxseed.

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      Eric in NJ RE: veganish May 31, 2007 08:10 AM

      The best I've found are from Terrace Bagel rte 9 North in Freehold right across the highway from TGIF.

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        jsfein RE: Eric in NJ May 31, 2007 09:02 AM

        I get my bagels from Terrace as well. I don't think the bagels are great (they are on the chewy side), but much better than anything else in the area. The cinnamon raisin bagels are particularly good there.

    2. fershore RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 08:15 AM

      I've been spoiled by great bagels from a place near my in-laws' in Long Island. The best bagels I've found in northern Monmouth are at a deli/bagel store in Ursula Plaza in Long Branch. I couldn't have been more surprised.

      1. Angelina RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 08:43 AM

        I lIke Bagel World on Rt. 9 North in Manalapan.

        Veganish is right about Wegmans, they have pretty good bagels, too!

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          yankeefan RE: Angelina May 31, 2007 08:59 AM

          I prefer whole foods to the wegmans bagels though, little bigger although Wegmans other breads are incredible.

          I will always miss Merlin's Bagels that used to be in West Long Branch in the shoprite plaza.

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          joonjoon RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 12:04 PM

          I live in Eatontown. In my area when I go for Bagels I usually head to Master Bagels (Eatontown/Shrewsbury) or Grandma's (Little Silver). Gotta love Grandma's Bagels.

          1. RobertinRedBank RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 01:25 PM

            Bagel Oven or the Bagel Station both on Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Oven is east of Rt. 35 and the Station west.

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              HillJ RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 02:19 PM

              folks the BEST bagel in Mon cty is in Belford at Bagel Station Plus.
              If you have never experienced their double size, you are missing out!
              106 Leonardville Rd
              Belford, NJ 07718

              add: while you're in the area support the Belford Seafood Co op :)

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                Eric in NJ RE: HillJ Jun 1, 2007 05:41 AM

                I live in Atlantic Higfhlands and haven't tried Bagel Station in probably 6 years or more. I wasn't impressed back then they were kind of soft bready in texture then. I'll have to give them a shot again. The absolute best bagels I remember were from a shop at what now is the Menlo Park Mall. Years ago before it was closed in there was a shop that had all the baking equipment in front so you could see the bakers rolling, boiling and baking them. Mmmmm to go back in time.

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                  HillJ RE: Eric in NJ Jun 1, 2007 05:45 AM

                  ..and Eli's Bagels in Aberdeen is another throw back; including bialys.

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                    sivyaleah RE: HillJ Jun 3, 2007 11:25 AM

                    Eli was my neighbor :-), ny sister was very good friends with one of his daughters. Nice guy, a little nutty tho. Great bagels and bialys!

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                      HillJ RE: sivyaleah Jun 3, 2007 03:06 PM

                      couldn't agree more sivy!

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                        sivyaleah RE: HillJ Jun 3, 2007 03:49 PM

                        About the bagels or him being a bit nutty? :-)

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                          HillJ RE: sivyaleah Jun 3, 2007 04:16 PM

                          lol, a bit of both. Those bialys were just de-lish!

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                    yankeefan RE: Eric in NJ Jun 1, 2007 06:15 AM

                    Do you know the name of the place in Menlo? Is it actually in the mall, my interest is piqued.

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                      Eric in NJ RE: yankeefan Jun 1, 2007 07:06 AM

                      Sorry to say it isn't there anymore, this was back in the 60's when Menlo was just a group of stores. There used to be a supermarket on one end and a deli I believe called Tabachanic's (sp) then the bagel shop next to that. LOL now that I think of it there was a head shop over there too I believe called media one shop.

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                        albinoni RE: Eric in NJ Jun 1, 2007 09:09 AM

                        OMG--does this bring back memories. I worked in a record/audio shop in Menlo in those days called The Sound of Music. I used to get sandwiches from Tabachnicks, and I remember the head shop nearby, which sold a line of tie-dyed clothes, beads, and other cutting-edge examples of '60s couture.

                2. MartiniQueen RE: yankeefan May 31, 2007 03:45 PM

                  I love Bagel Masters on Broad Street (at the Corner of White Street) in Shrewsbury. They have a killer salt bagel with scallion cream cheese.

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                    HillJ RE: MartiniQueen May 31, 2007 03:53 PM

                    yummm...scallion cream cheese and salt!

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                      heathergt RE: MartiniQueen Jun 1, 2007 10:41 AM

                      We are new to Shrewsbury and we LOVE Bagelmasters...so good! We usually just get whatever type of bagel came out of the oven most recently...nothing like a fresh warm bagel. I love the guys who work there too! It's grand central!

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