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Best Bagels (SoFla)

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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  1. 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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    1. re: eatnbmerry

      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!

      1. re: netmover

        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.

        1. re: eatnbmerry

          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...

          1. re: netmover

            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

          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

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

          1. re: tpigeon

            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.

            1. re: pilches

              Pilches, I always order my ET's extra dirtyyyy

            2. re: tpigeon

              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.

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

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            1. re: feelinpeckish

              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?

              1. re: sysbit

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

              2. re: feelinpeckish

                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. 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.

                1. 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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                  1. re: yahooer

                    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.

                    1. re: amyvc

                      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. 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

                    1. 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

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

                        1. re: miamisage

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

                        1. bagels with and way beyond are both great in delray

                          1. 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

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

                              1. re: nickdanger

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

                            2. 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

                                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.

                                1. 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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                                    1. re: taiga


                                      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!

                                  1. 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.

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: oblivious

                                        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.

                                      2. 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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                                        1. re: Gullwing

                                          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.

                                          1. re: Gullwing

                                            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.

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

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                                            1. re: dmo305

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

                                            2. 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. 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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                                                1. in Delray, Way Beyond Bagels wins it for me.

                                                  1. 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).

                                                    1. 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