Found good, authentic bagels in Tampa Bay!
Hi everyone -
Whenever I drive from Tampa to Clearwater Beach, I pass a funny little place called "Clear Water Bagels" on the left, a couple miles past the Courtney Campbell Causeway. I have always wanted to stop because it looked somehow promising and - well - as a Jew from the North, I just couldn't stomach one more big mushy too-sweet Einstein so-called Bagel. However I could never find any online buzz about the place.
I finally stopped today and I was soooo happy! They are REAL bagels - small, dense, crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, no foofy flavors, totally satisfying. They also sell lox and whitefish, as well as the standard lineup of cream cheeses. It's a tiny place, the coffee looks real though I didn't have one, and everything is reasonably priced.
YAY! It turns out I didn't have to give up bagels after all when I decided to move here. I'm going to get at least a dozen and freeze them next time I go by.