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I haven't had a decent bagel since I&Joy bagels was bought out... Anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. If you go to the Western Bagel Factory on Sepulveda blvd, and get them fresh, they can be darn good!

    I like Noah's, too. I have yet to find any non-chain place worth it.

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    1. re: Diana

      I've tried the Western Bagel Factory and they aren't bad, but not quite the same as I&Joy. I'm looking for a bagel with a thin crisp exterior and a chewy center.

      I've never been a fan of Noahs or Goldsteins - just never had a great bagel there - these always came closer to bagels from the supermarket.

      1. re: LMelba

        Nothing is as good as I & Joy, however, since they are no longer around...

      2. re: Diana

        Western Bagel gets #1 for me with Noah's at #2. There is also a WB in Northridge (depending on where you are).

        1. re: WildSwede

          Nothing beats fresh from the WB factory! Well, in terms of WB buying places, anyhow.

      3. Maybe check out the kosher bakeries on Burbank west of the 170 - haven't done that myself actually. I have to agree with the majority here that the Western Bagel factory is probably the best of the more well known options. I also miss I&Joy.

        1. Ah how I miss I&Joy.

          Had a pretty good bagel last week at K's Donut Emporium at Ventura and Bev Glen

          Bea's Bakery does pretty good ones too

          Have you tried Brent's?

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          1. re: Emme

            emme, i thought you were gluten intolerant..what are you doing eating real bagels? i'm so jealous!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              suffering... i only ate half of one, truth be told, but nonetheless... suffering... was it worth it? yes.

            2. re: Emme

              I think Brent's get's their bagels from WB. BTW the last time I was at Brent's a simple bagel with no cream cheese..no nothing costs $2.00. After I have spend a nice fortune on a fish platter I think this is excessive and it bugs me.

              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                good lord, that's obscene! even the ginormous ones at all the best bagel places in new york city [h&h, ess-a-bagel, etc] cost less than $1 apiece.

                i'd boycott the place on principle.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Oh yes, it makes me stay away. I figure WB is about $6.50 a dozen retail then I figure Brent's gets them at half of that or less so it takes two bagels retail to pay for what they pay for a dozen wholesale. I guess doing nine million in one store just aint enough for some folks.

            3. I'm from NYC, and my dad used to ship me packages of H&H bagels when I first moved out here, so I feel your pain...

              A decent place that I've found is "Bake it Again Sam" in Burbank on Riverside Drive, right off Pass. They have a good selection of bagels and spreads, and also make bagel sandwiches with Boar's Head meats for lunch. (I think you can get 2 for 1 on Tuesday's still).

              1. Brent's or Art's depending on what neck of the SFV you happen frequent.

                1. I actually really like Western Bagel Too on Ventura & Coldwater... but now and then Eilat Bakery on Whitsett and Burbank has bagels and they're really, really good.

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                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Oooh, Eliat bakery - should have thought about them... Sam's Bakery on the other side of the street doesn't really have bagels, but Eliat sounds good! I may have to try this on the way to work tommorow.

                  2. Thanks all, sounds like Western Bagel gets the popular vote, but now I've got a few other options to try. I think Bake It Again Sam will be first on my list.

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                    1. re: LMelba

                      I prefer Noah's in Burbank. I just tried Bake it Again Sam and I prefer Noah's. Sam's bagels, while still warm, tasted undercooked and too doughy. On the other hand, Western Bagels don't have the texture and "chew" of a good bagel. Noah's seems to be the best but I will try Eliat one day.

                    2. I also still mourn the loss of I&Joy Bagels and cannot understand why people like Western (which we don't even bother with anymore), although maybe its because the choices are so limited in the valley. However, a bagel place recently opened in the Porter Ranch Town Center, and we are liking those the best of the area. I don't think they are as good as I&Joy was, but at least we can eat bagels at home again. I think it may be called Bagel Bagel or something like that.

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                      1. re: Heidi

                        Isn't Manhattan Bagel close to I & Joy? I like them and won't bother with the carbs if Western is the only option.

                        Whenever I am anywhere near downtown though, I always stop at Brooklyn Bagel on Beverly and Alvarado. And I think they are open 24 hours. Plus the original Tommy's is near that corner too, so it's a two-fer treat.

                        1. re: JLF

                          I also like Brooklyn Bagel.