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Decent bagels in Baltimore?

I'm fairly new to the area and am desperately searching for some good bagels. I can't stand the chain stuff (Einstein, Brueggers) or those fashionable fruity Panera concoctions that are pastries masquerading as bagels. I'm looking for someplace near Lutherville/Timonium or points east/north. Any suggestions?

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  1. I love Greg's Bagels in Belvedere Square. Terrific bagels, incredibly varied assortment of smoked salmons, and even some interesting sandwiches (which I ignore at most places).

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    Greg's Bagels
    519 E Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD

    1. Goldberg's New York Bagels in Pikesville are the best around.

      1. I've found the bagels to be pretty decent at the Cockeysville Bagel Bakery where Cranbrook and York roads meet. They close at 2pm and on Sundays and the dough is made by someone else but I find them to be pretty good.

        Better than CBB is Towson Hot Bagel on Joppa Road a couple doors down from Strapazza and about a block from the Towson Traffic Circle. They make the bagels on the premises that are light, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. As good as Ruthie's in New York City.

        Greg's is pretty good as is Goldberg's. However, since Goldberg's is the true Kosher bagel joint, they do not offer sausage so those who prefer sausage with their bagels should look at the other places listed above.

        1. You could do a lot worse than Wegman's bagels and it has a store at Hunt Valley.

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          1. re: skipper

            Agreed. Wegmans' bagels are pretty good. Greg's is probably slightly more authentic, but not worth the drive if you're close to Wegmans.

            Another place to consider is Sam's Bagels on Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.

          2. It's not in Lutherville, but I've always enjoyed the bagels from the Common Ground in Hampden on 36th street. They also have fantastic coffee.

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            1. re: maddogg280

              Both Common Ground and the Daily Grind (in Fells Point) get their bagels from New Town Bagel Bakery (in Owings Mills, apparently) – I think they're the best bagels in the city.

              1. re: ktracy

                New Town Bagel Bakery closed about a month ago....they were great bagels though!