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Where to find traditional Jewish Bagels

janinabr Mar 3, 2008 11:00 AM

Not the oversized monsters available at Dunkin Donuts and Manhattan Bagels

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    Bob Loblaw RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 11:47 AM

    not a lot of great options here.
    i like the bagels at murray's (abington or bala). le bus has "bagels" that aren't traditional at all, which I probably would like ok if they renamed them.

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      brightman RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 12:46 PM

      we get good bagels from Olivia's in the Harbour Place Center on Egg Harbor Rd in Washington Tw (08080). Their baker is Westmont Bagels. http://www.westmontbagel.com/about.html

      1. cheesewit RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 12:55 PM

        I've posted this before but, I'll say it again. The Original Bagel Co. in Broomall makes top-notch bagels and bialys.
        They are the family that originally opened New York Bagels on Haverford Ave. in Overbrook Park back in the 60's.

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          amandaw33 RE: cheesewit Mar 7, 2008 07:46 PM

          where's original bagel company? that's not the place in the same strip mall as Alfredo's and Boyle's flooring, is it? I've always been disappointed with that bagel place... stale bagels... egg sandwiches with microwaved eggs... please tell me i'm missing some great Broomall find elsewhere?

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            cheesewit RE: amandaw33 Mar 8, 2008 12:30 PM

            Don't know when you've gone but, on Sunday mornings the bagels are fresh out of the oven. Never had an egg sandwich there so I can't comment.
            I'm surprised to hear how disappointed you've been.

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          jellybell RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 12:58 PM

          In the Daily New there was a Secret of Cheltenham section and it had a food section that had a bagel place-here's the text.

          Rolings Bakery, 7848 Montgomery Ave. Elkins Park
          A rare Delaware Valley purveyor of authentic Flatbush bagels. "They're super chewy. You have to like that chewy thing," Green advises. "But they're very, very good."

          Here's the link:

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            Bigley9 RE: jellybell Mar 4, 2008 10:49 AM

            I have posted about Rolings before on bagel threads. I think they are the best locally (and there is a deli by Rittenhouse Square that brings them in on Fridays only)

          2. mschow RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 01:09 PM

            The Bagel Spot on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill. Kosher, boiled bagels. Not those puffy air filled DD fake baked bagels. Worth the trip if you're in the mood for an authentic bagel.

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              crazyspice RE: mschow Mar 9, 2008 03:24 PM

              Oh Yeah! The fragrance when you walk in!!! WOW is all I can say. I like the salt bagels

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                jerseyguy2 RE: mschow Mar 11, 2008 07:02 PM

                Absolutely the best are at the Bagel Spot. I think I will go there for lunch tomorrow. I can just smell em now.

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                  mschow RE: jerseyguy2 Mar 11, 2008 07:14 PM

                  I love the salt bagels with the jalapeno spread. I brush off most of the salt before eating. Love the veggie bagels as well. Service with a scowl, but they are the best! I have taken them for breakfast presentations and every single time I do, people come out in droves. I always get phone calls later for where I bought them. If you order ahead of time, they will do mini sizes for parties, etc.
                  Unfortunately, so many people in S.Jersey have never had a decent bagel that they find these bagels 'heavy' (ie: not like the DD, Lenders, or McDonalds bagels.). These are the real thing.

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                missfunkysoul RE: janinabr Mar 3, 2008 02:05 PM

                Fill-a-bagel in Jenkintown does the best bagel in town IMO

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                  IamStarving RE: missfunkysoul Mar 4, 2008 12:09 PM

                  Love this subject. I used to work at Brooklyn Bagels in NE Philly when I was a kid, They HAD the best bagels, bar none. they actually made Bialys back then. Since they closed many years ago, I have been trying to find anything close and unfortunately, Manhatten Bagels are the only one's around. Whoa is me.

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                    crazyspice RE: missfunkysoul Mar 9, 2008 03:25 PM

                    Been there. Not bad at all!!

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                    sylviag RE: janinabr Mar 4, 2008 12:42 PM

                    I really like Wegman bagels. They are a little smaller and usually have lots of seeds. My husband will make do with the ones on Haverford and City Line or the ones on Chapel Ave in Cherry Hill, but he is partial to Montclair (NJ) bagels. He thinks they're even better than NY bagels. Fortunately, that is where our grandchildren are and he can stock up.

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                      janinabr RE: sylviag Mar 4, 2008 03:22 PM

                      Where in Montclair - (my ex's Grandparents lived there)

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                        sylviag RE: janinabr Mar 4, 2008 06:20 PM

                        A small place right on Bloomfield Avenue, the same side of the street as the movie theater. I'm not sure if it's the same block as the movie or the next one. We buy a couple dozen, slice them in half and freeze them. The next time we're there I'll see what the place is called.

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                      lawgirl3278 RE: janinabr Mar 5, 2008 05:22 AM

                      I like the bagels at South Street Bagels on 3rd near South. Jewish owned and operated. They're the only bagels I buy. They do have bialys too.

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                        idia RE: lawgirl3278 Mar 7, 2008 06:50 PM

                        You need to drive 1 and 3/4 hours to the Big Apple, stop at H & H Bagels, stock up the car with a year's supply and enjoy the best bagels in the land!

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