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Bagels - Phoenix Area

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I'm Jewish, so it's part of my genetic make-up to argue about who has the best bagles...among other things that we argue about. Even worse, I'm married to someone from the east coast and she knows her bagels and has very strong opinions. I've been going to a bagel place in the shopping center in Scottsdale at the NE corner of Hayden and Frank Lloyd Wright. It's called Big City Bagels and has - in my opinion - the best bagel in town. Way better than Kashmans, Chompies, or New York Bagels and Bialys. Not sure why this place isn't busier. They also make a mean sandwich...the roast beef sandwish is HUGE and delicious, same with the whitefish sandwich.

I just had lunch there today and was reminded of how good it is and thought I'd share it with my fellow Hounds. As the chains (Einstein's, etc) continue to infiltrate the bagel world, this independent place passes muster. Worth a try. The two guys that own it couldn't be nicer and deserve to succeed.

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  1. Have you tried Katz's deli on Central? It's a dive, but they have GREAT food.

    Katz Delicatessen & Restaurant
    5144 North Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
    602-277-8814

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    1. re: ysr_racer

      i love katz's!!! and the bagels at karsh's too

    2. Love whitefish salad! Haven't found anyone in town who makes a really good one!
      Looks like I will be heading to Big City Bagels!
      We love the bagels @ Lox, Stock and Bagel on McCormick Ranch.....have that crusty chewy combination....

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      1. re: ciaogal

        would love your thoughts once you've tried it!

        1. re: ejs1492

          Will let you know...thanks for the tip.
          How funny I am always in that strip center for something....have never stopped in.

          1. re: ciaogal

            It's a bit hard to find. It actually faces Hayden and is right next to Muze Lounge.

      2. I used to go to Big City Bagels, when I lived in Scottsdale, the owners happened to be neighbors. Now I get them from Chompies (centrally located) I did find on the west side, 59th ave between Union Hills & the 101, Hot Bagels. They have some of the best bagels in town.