BAGLES in Berkeley
Hey all, I'm looking to get some tasty bagles for my classes on Wed and Fri mornings. I live in Berkeley and will need to pick them up on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Any ideas of where I could grab some good ones with cream cheese?
Of course, they are college freshmen so they are used to ramen and grilled cheese but I thought I would do something nice.
Does it really have to be picked up the night before? There are not a lot of bagel places open late and what is there is usually leftover and will be even staler by the next morning.
They open at 6:30 am, so you might be able to make a stop before class and get some stellar-fresh bagels ... great smears too.
Berkely Bagel also has a shelf of day old half-price bagels available but, as said, not as good a fresh-made.
If you must shop late, Berkely Bowl sells a few bagels. IMO, Marin Bagels are much better than the Posh bagels, but even then, but 5 pm most of the Marin Bagels are sold out. Smears also available at BB.
re: Agent 510
Berkeley Bagels are probably the best around. Unless you can toast them up the next day, you need to buy them the same day. They will be out of many selections by early afternoon, in any event. Monterey Market carries Marin bagels. I haven't had one "fresh" enough to be a good judge, but they seem good. Any "bagel" that is fresh-seeming the next day without toasting isn't a bagel - it is round bread that looks like a bagel.
re: Agent 510
And just to add to the Berkeley Bagel love, I tried their lox sandwich yesterday and it was delicious. The cream cheese tasted really fresh, the lox was flavorful, the fillings were generous, and the bagel was the real thing.
I had the equivalent from Noah's a couple days before (was attempting a "taste-off"), and it was lousy. BB all the way.
Berkeley Bagel is *the* place for bagels in the East Bay.
My favorites are the jalapeño cheese and the olive.
Plus there's just something about those bagel dogs...with the huge natural beef hotdogs inside...