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Feb 16, 2002 06:26 PM

Good bialy in LA?

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I was talking to a friend recently who insisted that there are no good bialies (sp?) in Los Angeles. She has since flown to New York for a week and is insisting that she is going to have to bring a stash home with her.

Now, I bristle at any mention that Los Angeles' food is inferior to that of any city's (even if it is), so I ask: where can one find good bialies in Los Angeles? This friend lives in the mid-city area but works in Santa Monica and loves to frequent downtown, so no geography is off-limits.


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  1. Bagel Nosh, 17th and Wilshire, Santa Monica. Don't let her tell you it's not the same, either... they moved from the Upper West Side to New Jersey (which is where I first tasted them), then they moved out here.

    It's absolutely "di emeseh sechoireh" (the real thing).

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    1. re: PRSMDave

      I've not tried but have often passed (on my way to the melawech at Magic Carpet) Bialys Bakery, 8562 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 652-9709. Send report.

      1. re: PRSMDave

        I disagree! I really do not like Bagel Nosh's bagels and certainly prefer Bagel Broker to them. I've heard that there is a place called Brooklyn Bagels in the Hollywood area that is good. Haven't tried it myself, but many swear it's the best. Another on San Vicente just after westwood going west (and on the south side of the street in a strip mall) is supposed to be very good too. Also haven't tried it, but it's worth a shot. New York something is the name. If you go, let me know what you think.

        1. re: Chief

          Brooklyn Bagels, which is on Beverly just west of Alvarado, I believe, has decent (by LA standards, although not far off from H&H in NY) bagels, but I've never seen bialys. Whatever you do, don't go near Noah's for bialys. I had a "bialy" in Sherman Oaks that was about the size of a small pizza, and had about half a pound of raw onion in the indented center.

      2. I am partial to the bagels at the Bagel Broker (Beverly Blvd just east of Fairfax). They make bialys too, and although I haven't tried them, they look authentic to this tri-state region boy...

        1. I have indeed tried and have often passed (on my way to the Nick's Coffee Shop) Back East Bialys, 8562 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 652-9709. They are IMHO the best I've had on the Left Coast. Right on, Samo.

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          1. re: Mr Grub

            Do they have different flavor bialy's? Or is it just the ones they sell in the supermarkets?

            1. re: PHIL

              Wonderful plain & excellent onion. Closed on sabbath (Sat).

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