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Best Bagels (SoFla)

The Chowfather AKA sobe Jan 17, 2008 06:28 PM

I've tried bagels all over the tri-county area looking for the real NY deal.
I'm going with Sage Bagel in Hallandale.

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    marky123 Dec 25, 2009 02:25 PM

    brooklyn water bagels--military trail del ray--they are beyond belief--they have duplicated the water in brooklyn using filtering equipment on the premises---they are as good as any bagel ive ever had including h and h--montreal----lower eastside--flkeowitz--dont like their service and the salads and novi are ok not great-no barney greengrass--the bagels are 9.95 per dozen and worth it

    1. Asumnuthin Oct 20, 2009 06:03 AM

      Im from NYC, but lived in south Florida for 4 years and have to say my fav bagels were way beyond bagels on Jog road in delray beach (boca border).

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        smartie Sep 27, 2009 05:04 AM

        in Delray, Way Beyond Bagels wins it for me.

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          chowguy Mar 4, 2009 01:16 PM

          hands down brueggers bagels in boca on federal hwy. and on wedensdays they have them for $5.99 / dozen! no one else's compare!

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            silveropera Aug 5, 2009 05:12 AM


          2. HabaneroJane Mar 4, 2009 07:34 AM

            I actually schlep up from South Beach to Pompano, to Festival Flea Market, where there is an authentic NYC-style bagel store that makes them fresh on the premises in the Flea Market's Farmer's Market. It's worth the trip!

            1. dmo305 Mar 3, 2009 03:28 PM

              Does anybody have a bagel place close to Brickell/ Downtown area?

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                Steven86753 Sep 26, 2009 07:54 PM

                There is a New York Bagel Deli opening up soon in that area. They have really good food.

              2. Gullwing Jul 25, 2008 06:56 PM

                It's 10PM at night and I wish I could run out to buy bagels! I love NY bagels, it's so hard to find anything that really tastes as good. Does Sage have salt bagels?

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                  The Chowfather AKA sobe Jul 25, 2008 07:37 PM

                  YES and all of their bagels are great. My parents still live in NY and were down recently and were VERY impressed with the bagels at Sage. HOWEVER,my Dad did comment about it being dirty up front (pilches!!!) which is a red flag for the back.. that being said, I'm not sure that really affects the bagels and they are good and I have not had better down here and Ihave tried a lot.

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                    cavandre Mar 4, 2009 04:49 AM

                    For those late night cravings you might want to have a package of "Ray's NY Bagels" in your freezer. Publix carries them in the frozen food section. You have to bake them in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Are they as good as you find in NYC...nope! But they are better than almost all that I've tasted in FL.

                    An ex-NYer in Central FL.

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                    oblivious Jul 25, 2008 05:41 PM

                    The best bagels by far are the ones at "Outrageous Bagels" by the Kendall plaza at 107ave and 88st. Their bagels are baked directly in the restaurant. My favorite bagel is the Spinach Swiss. Their sandwiches look and taste awesome. Their smoothies are great too. Been going there for 4 years now and I give it a 5 out of 5.

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                      RVarg23 Jul 28, 2008 07:04 AM

                      Outrageous Bagels has a wide selection, and the bagels are very good. I also like Broadway Bagel on 137th and Kendall Dr...it's been there forever. Not quite as extensive a variety as Outrageous, but their "basic" bagels are top notch.

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                      mikek Jul 1, 2008 04:27 PM

                      If you are up in West Palm Beach, near Clamatis, on Olive behind the Trump Building there is a place called Makeb's Deli that has exceptional bagels.

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                        irwin Jul 1, 2008 02:29 PM

                        BJ's Club bakes N.Y. Bagels in their own Bakery all day long, and are very very good.
                        The cost is 9 bagels for $2.99. They are worth 3 times that..... As a matter of fact they are close second to H & H in New York.
                        Don't take my word for it, go try and see for yourself.

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                          taiga Jul 2, 2008 09:17 AM

                          Will you pay my membership?

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                            cavandre Jul 2, 2008 10:38 AM


                            BJ's bagel is $0.67. If other places are getting $1.25 & membership is $35, all you have to do is order 36 bagels & you break even!

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                          The Chowfather AKA sobe Jul 1, 2008 01:48 PM

                          What is the going rate for bagels? I stopped off at one of my favs on Sunday and noticed that they increased their prices. Bagels were $1 and it was $10.00 for a dozen. I know I sound like an old man but those prices sounded high. I was scared to ask for Nova.. Are they just catching up to larger chains like Einstein's?( don't do Einstein's so I have no idea what they charge)

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                          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe
                            taiga Jul 1, 2008 02:39 PM

                            I noticed the same thing when, desperately hungry, I paid over $1.25 for an Asiago with my desperately hungry, stupid son at Panera, which was not very memorable -- like cake.

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                              The Chowfather AKA sobe Jul 25, 2008 07:40 PM


                              still not sure we should be charged NY prices

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                              feelinpeckish Apr 29, 2008 01:25 PM

                              I came across a bagel bakery this past winter season while in Boynton Beach on Boynton Beach Blvd a good deal west of the Flakowitz spot. It is called "Bagels &". Delicatessen is also available but that is incidental to this post as is the fact they serve meals tableside. I can't say it is better than Flakowitz but is good. BTW, I'd avoid Einstein's Bagels (various locations). The one of those I went into was not clean and altogether unpleasant.

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                              1. re: feelinpeckish
                                nickdanger Apr 29, 2008 02:04 PM

                                at Hagen Ranch, I think. Better and cleaner then Flakowitz. Whitefish salad was good. Closed by 3, though.

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                                  hatless Jul 1, 2008 11:34 AM

                                  Boynton and Jog, actually, in the Publix shopping center. Good bagels and bialys, and even better pletzls.

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                                cocoloco14 Apr 29, 2008 01:13 PM

                                bagels with and way beyond are both great in delray

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                                  miamisweet Apr 26, 2008 08:07 AM

                                  I like Coral Bagels.

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                                    chocolate Apr 25, 2008 08:31 AM

                                    Use to love Bagel Emporium for their bagels and bialeys but ever since the store was sold I don't like going in there anymore..they've really let it go downhill and the bialeys and bagels just aren't the same.

                                    I ran into Paul (the previous owner of Bagel Emporium) at Roasters and Toasters a few weeks ago, and told him I was ready to start ordering my Bialeys from Kossars and having them shipped here since I couldn't find a decent one since he left,. He told me that the Bagel store(can't think of their name) in Palmetto Bay Shopping Plaza off U.S. 1 and 144th should have them like he made them since one of the guys that used to work for him now works there. I did try their bialeys but didn't think they were the exact same. The bagels were also okay.

                                    My favorite bagels now are Outrageous Bagels in the Kendall Mall at 107th Ave, I love the sesame bagel. You have to get there early or order the day before as they sell at early or just don't bake huge quantities. Their a huge bagel but you can also get a minibagel which is more like a regular size bagel possibly just a tad smaller. These are the same bagels that Greenstreets in the Grove uses too. They also use to get their bagels from Bagel Emporium before it was sold.

                                    Next time I'm up in the area of Sage Bagels. will definately give them a try. I've read and heard so many good things about their bagels.

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                                    1. re: chocolate
                                      miamisage Jul 2, 2008 09:48 AM

                                      The bagel store on US1 and 144 street is House of Bagels. It's my favorite place for bagels.

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                                        taiga Jul 2, 2008 03:50 PM

                                        It's also next to the French Bakery which is also a favorite of a lot of people down south.

                                    2. Frodnesor Apr 24, 2008 08:36 AM

                                      Apparently in honor of passover, Miami Danny does a bagel tour of North Miami ->

                                      I neglected to mention one of my local spots in my last post - New York Bagel Deli (on Collins Ave. around 65th). Bagels are a bit oversized, but nicely crusty and tasty. I'm usually a traditionalist and stick with poppy or the occasional ET for variety, but they sometimes have an interesting "mediterranean" bagel that I like which is done with some sort of dark flour, sprinkled with a zatar-like spice mix, and is dense with olive oil. (Any fruit or sweet bagel is still anathema).

                                      New York Bagel Deli
                                      6546 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

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                                        yahooer Jan 26, 2008 02:14 AM

                                        We haven't been back to Florida in years, but we used to bring a suitcase just to fill with bagels from Bagelmania on University in Plantation (I think). I also remember that bagels were buy a doz, get a doz on Wednesdays. Made going home Wednesday afternoon or Thursday mighty tempting. In fact, we haven't had bagels that good since. Mmmm, bagels.

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                                          amyvc Jul 26, 2008 02:41 PM

                                          That's in Tamarac on Commercial and University. Pretty good bagels, for sure.

                                          I think Flakowitz is the best in S Florida - the one in Boca, of course!

                                          Sage I just don't like, though I love NY bagels and most NYers like Sage best. Maybe it's the dirt factor. Also, you will NOT get a bagel in Florida as good as NY - not sure why and I'm extremely loyal to FL on a variety of other topics.

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                                            nmurawsk Mar 3, 2009 04:24 PM

                                            Bagelmania (on University and Commercial) is defintiely the closest to NY - or to be more specific - Long Island bagels I've found in S FL.

                                        2. gblcsw Jan 20, 2008 10:20 AM

                                          There's a fairly new place that opened on Fedral Hwy, a few block north of Commercial Blvd (next to Bucca de Beppo) called Bagelstein's. They are the closest that I have had to a NY bagel.

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                                            feelinpeckish Jan 18, 2008 06:33 AM

                                            Flakowitz in Boynton Beach and Boca. A good choice. Also Bagels With in Delray Beach.

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                                              sysbit Jan 19, 2008 08:27 AM

                                              I saw an ad/coupon in SunSentnl yesterday for Roasters'N Toasters on 183 in NM and anoher location at Sheridan and I 75 do you think this is the same Roasters'N Toasters from Pinecrest?

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                                                eatnbmerry Jan 19, 2008 10:33 AM

                                                Yes they are. But can't vouch for them, never been outside of Pinecrest.

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                                                JayNYOne Jul 1, 2008 10:41 AM

                                                I think Flakowitz is a bit overrated on bagels. I'm a fan of Bagel Twins in Boynton. Also, I've heard that someone down here in S Palm Beach flies water in from NY for their bagels. Can anyone confirm this? I know of a pizza place in San Diego that does it...

                                              3. eatnbmerry Jan 17, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                I'll start out probably a little weaker (since I've heard raves about Sage already but haven't tried) and go with Roasters'N Toasters Deli in Pinecrest. Admittedly like their pastrami and corn beef more than bagels, but in south Miami-Dade you'd be hard pressed to find better.

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                                                  netmover Jan 17, 2008 08:05 PM

                                                  RnT always worked for me!

                                                  Arnie and Richies aren't bad either.

                                                  There's a few Bagel joints up off of Biscayne in 100's.

                                                  There used to be an awesome one here on South Beach next to Pizzaria Au Natural that was the best by far...I cannot come clean with the name off hand. Someone will know..Bagel Factory is what is coming to mind.

                                                  I always loved the NY Bakery;s Bagels on 13th and Washington. They moved to Hialeah long ago and only do wholesale now...it wouldn't surprise me if that's where Arnie and Richie's gets theirs from?

                                                  One of my favorite places to get them is still the News Cafe with Nova, CC, Red Onion, Beef Steak Tomatos and Capers....pure delight! Their bagels aren't the best, but when you pile on the aforementioned...it could almost be a friggin tortilla and still taste great!

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                                                    eatnbmerry Jan 17, 2008 08:16 PM

                                                    That combo on a bagel is very classic as you already know NYNet, and used to be my standard once a month Sunday wakeup meal back in the day when I used to wake up early enough on Sundays that is.

                                                    Let me add Lots of Lox on US 1 and 152 as another option for South Daders. They don't make their own (for that matter I don't think RnT does either) but are not bad at all and have the right amount of chewiness if you know what I mean.

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                                                      netmover Jan 18, 2008 04:06 AM

                                                      RnT does not make their own...I am not sure where he gets them from but I met him one day when he was delivering them. I think the News used to come from a place called Coral Bagels? Is that in the Grove?

                                                      KATZ IN NYC TP...

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                                                        Frodnesor Jan 19, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                        There is a Coral Bagels off US1 on the left side as you're heading southbound (I always have trouble knowing whether it's appropriate to say the east side of US1 as it runs diagonally there) somewhere around 27th, which isn't bad.

                                                        I always recall Sage having good bagels but haven't had them in a long time. Arnie & Ritchie's are OK not great.

                                                        Places around or near Biscayne and 100's as mentioned by Net include Bagels & Company (a/k/a "Guns & Bagels" due to the gun store next door) @ 110th & Biscayne; Bagel Bar East on 123rd St. east of Biscayne; further north there's Bagel Cove around 190th & Biscayne; and Mo's Bagels @ 187th St. just east of Biscayne.

                                                        All are decent, none really exceptional. I don't know that I have a favorite other than that Bagels & Co. is probably a rung below the others.

                                                        Coral Bagels
                                                        2750 SW 26th Ave, Miami, FL

                                                        Arnie & Richie
                                                        525 Arthur Godfrey Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140

                                                        Bagels & Co
                                                        11064 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33161

                                                        Bagel Bar East At San Souci
                                                        1990 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181

                                                        Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
                                                        19003 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33180

                                                        Mo's Bagels
                                                        2772 NE 187th St, Miami, FL 33180

                                                    2. re: netmover
                                                      keysrat Jan 20, 2008 12:32 PM

                                                      It was Bagel Factory. The owner/baker was murdered in a botched robbery.
                                                      The family continued to run it for it while, but I think it changed hands, then eventually closed.

                                                    3. re: eatnbmerry
                                                      tpigeon Jan 17, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                      Sorry to hijack but I would kill for a good pastrami sandwich in miami -- anyone know of one?

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                                                        pilches Jan 18, 2008 05:35 AM

                                                        Sage probably does have the best bagels, but I just don't like that place. It always seems so dirty, and their other food just leaves me cold. We like Bagel Cove. Their bagels are good and their fish and meat are very good.

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                                                          The Chowfather AKA sobe Jan 18, 2008 06:30 AM

                                                          Pilches, I always order my ET's extra dirtyyyy

                                                        2. re: tpigeon
                                                          BKS Jan 18, 2008 09:00 AM

                                                          Pastrami sandwich places
                                                          Two that I know of:
                                                          Rascal House in Sunny Isles Beach
                                                          Not that close to Miami, but Ben's Deli in Boca Raton. We just tried it and loved it; I think it's relatively new, part of a chain from New York.

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