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Best Bagels around New Haven?

chezball Jun 1, 2008 07:00 PM

Hello All!
I grew up outside of New Haven, back in the 70/80's. I have been gone since then and am returning next week for a few days. Of course, I need to eat my fill of Pepe's, but I am also Jones'ing for a serious bagel. Can anyone give me a few spots to hit? Preferably within 30 minutes or so of New Haven.

On a side (I will cross post this part too). I may head to the City, maybe both (NY and Boston). So, if you have some recommendations in either place, let me know as well. It has been a long while...

Thanks everyone.

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    ElizabethHenton RE: chezball Jun 2, 2008 04:43 AM

    cohen's bagels in madison. I believe they have a satellite somewhere in Branford
    I think we need to bring back barnaby bagels in Guilford

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      lsnhc RE: chezball Jun 2, 2008 05:05 AM

      As the birthplace of the first "mass market" bagel (i.e. Lender's), one would expect to find an abundance of good bagels in or around New Haven. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that all of the good bagel places have closed. Unless I'm missing something, within the city limits of New Haven, there are no non-chain bagel bakeries remaining. In my opinion, Dunkin Donuts' bagels taste like white bread, ahd Bruegger's are decent if you eat them immediately, but lose 99% of their texture and exterior crunch by the time you get them home.
      There are several stores in the area that sell H&H bagels, but it is my experience that the bagels that they produce "to travel" are vastly different than the ones that are purchased in NY.

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        madisoneats RE: chezball Jun 2, 2008 11:22 AM

        Cohen's in Madiosn bakes all fresh on site, no par bake disaster. http://www.cohensbagelcompany.com/men... They also do have a place on Main Street in Branford-- grab a warm half dozen for $5 and some cream cheese spreads-- and head to the beach.

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          debvil RE: chezball Jun 2, 2008 01:11 PM

          Though I now live up here on the shoreline I was always partial to Bagel King (Norwalk - westport avenue down the street from stew's and the used to have a branch in Fairfield next to Trader Joe's)

          Only place I knew in CT that got the crackly chewy thing down.

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            newhavener07 RE: chezball Jun 2, 2008 01:17 PM

            Your best bet would be to go to Union Station, buy a ticket for NYC and get a bagel there. We've got Bruegger's but not much else.

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              chefstu RE: newhavener07 Jun 2, 2008 03:58 PM

              Although I had high hopes with a name like Cohen. Personally I was underwhelmed by their bagels.

            2. tripster RE: chezball Jun 6, 2008 09:15 AM

              Cohen's in Branford was decidely sub-par. Best ones I've found around New Haven are at the stores that get import them from H&H. Otherwise, it's more nearly a roll with a hole.

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                tunhgirl RE: chezball Jun 8, 2008 07:26 AM

                If you're interested in H&H I believe Koffee? on Audubon has them.

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                  zoe p. RE: tunhgirl Jun 12, 2008 06:56 AM

                  Could somebody list the New Haven stores that get H&H bagels?

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                    mmalmad RE: zoe p. Jun 12, 2008 07:44 AM

                    Nica's on Orange Street, and The Meat Barn (or something like that) on Lucy Street has them.

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                      harrie RE: zoe p. Jun 12, 2008 08:53 AM

                      Westville Kosher Market next to Amity Wine & Liquor carries H&H bagels. Sometimes they're warm, so I believe they're at least finished in the store.

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                    LCM RE: chezball Jun 12, 2008 08:05 AM

                    A new "coffee" shop, Legal Grounds (attached to Best Videos) in Hamden sells H and H bagels. The coffee is good but their other baked goods are sub standard plus they make their hot chocolate with Hershey's syrup (eck) instead of real cocoa.

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                      beccabones RE: LCM May 25, 2011 10:15 AM

                      I've been searching for anywhere in Hamden with good bagels so I just tried the coffee shop in Best Videos, and in their display case it said that the bagels were from Bruegger's.

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                        newhavener RE: beccabones May 27, 2011 04:35 AM

                        Legal Grounds moved to the bookstore on the corner of Putnam and Whitney. Best Video now houses Best Coffee Bar. They serve Willoughby's coffee, and doughnuts from Neil's.

                        20 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

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                      juicemann2 RE: chezball May 31, 2011 07:40 AM

                      Edge of the Woods on Whalley has H & H bagels and they offer bially's also

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