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LaurenZ Nov 19, 2007 04:08 PM

Hi All,

Will be back in MI for the Holiday later this week and would LOVE to track down a good bagel. We are sadly lacking that in San Diego where I now lay my head. I will be staying in the Ann Arbor area most of the time, but will also be spending a day in West Bloomfield. Any suggestions? Please no chains as I find their bagels too big, too soft and completely lacking in taste.

To help narrow things down, my ideal bagel is reminiscent of what the Detroit Bagel Co. used to sell when I was a kid growing up in Farmington Hills. The bagels were on the smaller side, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. I still remember buying a dozen warm bagels with my mom at the bagel factory next to KMart on Orchard Lake road. The smell was so amazing, I could never wait until we were home before I had already eaten my first plain or egg bagel. Sadly since that place closed and I moved West, I have not been able to find a great bagel to remind me of my youth.

Yes, I admit that I am high maintenance when it comes to bagels. I lived in Boston for 3 years and never found a satisfactory bagel there either. :)

Any suggestions would be most helpful.

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    grouper Nov 19, 2007 05:57 PM

    Last I knew there was a Detroit Bagel Co. on Woodward between 13 & 14 Mile in Birmingham. Just a little farther than West Bloomfield, but might be worth it if you really wanted them. I think there is also one at Woodward and Square Lake Rd.

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      FOTOgrlNic Nov 24, 2007 04:58 PM

      I couldn't disagree more. When they were finally open for me to stop in there, I was greatly disappointed. I prefer Elaine's bagels in Berkley.

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      Jim M Nov 19, 2007 06:54 PM

      I think Zingerman's in AA has good bagels. They are quite large, but they have the magic combination of heft and tenderness.

      Could also try the Bagel Fragel place on Plymouth Road above the Shell station--used to be Natasha's, but now it's something else, I think. They sell the last remnants of the old Bagel Factory bagels, which produced such novelties as the Smoky Cheese 'n' Onion bagel. I haven't been there for a while but always thought they had the echt bagel taste.

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        xman887 Nov 19, 2007 07:37 PM

        my favorite is elaine's bagels. i go to the one in troy. crusty outside and light on the inside. i love their cheese bagel. i cannot find a website but switchborad says that there is one in berkely.

        http://www.switchboard.com/swbd.main/...

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          boagman Nov 19, 2007 08:29 PM

          Get yourself to Ferndale and stop at New York Bagel. On the east side of Woodward Ave., between 9 and 10 Mile Roads. Look for the big yellow awning. Bagels are made on premises, and they're still the best I've ever had. They've got a huge following both locally and out of state, and when they're warm and fresh, there's nothing like them.

          My preference is for a well-done raisin bagel, but they have several varieties, including your plain and egg. Go early in order to get them fresh.

          1. cheri Nov 19, 2007 08:38 PM

            I grew up in Farmington Hills also and went to the same Detroit Bagel Co on Orchard Lake. The BEST bagels in the Detroit area now are Elaine's Bagels, there is one on Coolidge less than a half mile south of 12 Mile - be sure to try them! They're open really early each morning, I think between 5-6 am. Welcome home!

            1. coney with everything Nov 20, 2007 04:09 AM

              I respectfully disagree with some of the other posters--Elaine's bagels are too "bready" for me. It kills me because we could literally walk to Elaine's!

              We get either NY Bagel (Oak Park) or Detroit Bagel on Woodward--there is another Detroit Bagel at 7 Mile and Middlebelt in Livonia.

              There is a Bagel Factory at Crooks and Corporate/I-75 exit in Troy, which also has decent (non bready) bagels.

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                cawa Nov 20, 2007 05:55 AM

                I have to agree with Elaine's being to bready. That seems to be a common problem around here.

                Bagel/Fragel on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor or Barry's Bagels in the Westgate shopping center at the corner of Jackson and Maple both do passable, but not really memorable bagels.

                Zingerman's probably has the best in town, but their bagels have become very pricey--I usually only buy Zingerman's bagels on Tuesday when they have a buy six get six free deal, and then treat my office. Zingerman's makes their own cream cheese, which is absolutely wonderful. It has a looser texture than the cream cheese you are probably used to and can be a little off putting at first. Now I find myself craving it.

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                GoalieJeff Nov 20, 2007 05:46 PM

                There is a New York Bagel on Orchard Lake Rd. south of 15 Mile on the east side that is closer than the one ( for you ) in Ferndale . The bagels are just as awesome , but you cannot score a mini ham , because of the whole kosher thing . But the bagels are still the best I , too , have ever had .

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                  boagman Nov 20, 2007 06:03 PM

                  Yeah, that may be true, but there's an intangible, undeniable benefit to having the opportunity to get your bagels literally fresh right out of the oven, which is what you get when you go to the Ferndale NYB location. All of the bagels for the satellite stores are made here (and they open ludicrously early...often the front door's unlocked and they'll serve you even if the storefront is basically dark), and when you're there early, the chances of scoring a piping hot, steaming, delicious bagel are quite high indeed. Having a bagel made that day heated in the microwave just isn't the same.

                  If you really want a bagel experience that'll leave you broken-hearted that you live elsewhere, this is the place to do it. Really.

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                  MimiBet Nov 21, 2007 07:02 PM

                  I vote for New York Bagel on Orchard lake Road.
                  they are opening a new Detroit Bagel just up the road closer to Maple, but it's not open yet. For real detroit bagels, the only two places to go would be Detroit Bagel or New York Bagel. Elaine's is like bread in bagel shape - yuck! Like all those other chain bagels. good luck!

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                    boagman Nov 21, 2007 07:54 PM

                    You're still missing something when you don't go to the original location in Ferndale and get them fresh out of the oven/honestly warm (versus heated after the fact).

                    Yes, it'll cost you a few extra minutes' drive. But, if you're going to make the trip, shouldn't you make the trip worth your investment of time? Go to the Ferndale location. It's the best way to experience them. Trust me.

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                      momskitchen Nov 25, 2007 02:13 AM

                      I'm with ya Boag on going to the original...I used to live in fahionable Ferndale before it became fashionable and this was one of my favorite treats. They had a Dearborn branch a few years back for a few fleeting moments, then it was gone.

                      I do like Zingerman's bagels, but only on Tuesday or my birthday when I can ge t a deal.

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