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.
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!
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.
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.
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
2772 NE 187th St, Miami, FL 33180
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.
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.
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.
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