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Best Bagels in Ct?

Now that Bagelicious is gone, what's the concensus on the best bagels in CT chowhounds?

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  1. sorry bro, but in ffd county one cannot call any bagel "best." Passable and hopefully edible is as fair a comment jfood can make unfortunately.

    1. Get serious, we've got no decent bagels. Why bother when the international bagel mecca is a short drive away?

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      1. re: newhavener07

        Bagel King in Fairfield on Black Rock Turnpike makes me happy on a Sunday! Love them small, chewy gems!

        1. re: a_w_taylor

          I second Bagel King! I'm from Long Island and have been on a mission for a decent bagel here in CT. Don't like Bagelicious in Cheshire - they're like rolls. When I need to, I get H & H bagels and bialys from Everybody's in Cheshire, but Bagel King is closest to NY Bagels I've had since I moved here.

      2. My favorite are from Lox Stock and Bagels in Bishop's Corner, West Hartford. Avoid the sandwiches like the plague (they microwave the eggs even) but the bagels are excellent.

        When I can't get those, Fancy Bagels in Southington is a close second.

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        1. re: ratbuddy

          Ah Lox Stock and Bagels..my first job. My mom almost punched the manager in the face, but that's another story ;) I found that Goldbergs New York Bagel Deli on New Britain Ave in West Hartford had some decent bagels.

        2. Hi, I just wrote about finding an indie bagel place in western mass!

          Try the in-store bagels at Price Chopper in Windsor, CT. I think they're pretty good and closest to NYC style bagels, for this area. I am from NJ and worked in Manhattan so I think I know my bagels... LOL (and H&H is not my fave!)

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          1. re: beartunes

            I'd have to agree that PriceChopper in Windsor makes a pretty decent bagel, especially for the price. I think they were either $.59 or $.69 the last time I bought them, and for the money, as good as or better than some of the local bagel shops. I got there fairly early in the day, when they were still warm. While they may not be coveted by the die hard traditionalist, the cheddar bagels are mterrific when split and grilled.

          2. Best bagels in Connecticut are to be found at Ami's in Waterbury on Thomaston Avenue. They only sell bagels--no muffins, no donuts, no sandwiches, no nuthin'. Usually 15 varieties on hand in this hole-in-the-wall. It's open from like 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just ask for what's hot, and enjoy. (There's another location on East Main Street, but I've never been there.)

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            1. re: coldduck

              I agree Ami's is the closest thing I have found to a Brooklyn Bagel outside of Brooklyn. Crispy outside and moist and tender inside. When they are right out of the bagel oven they are outstanding. Worth the trip!!

              1. re: coldduck

                Went up & down Thomaston Ave today and could not find Ami's. Help me out Where is it?

                1. re: ctfoodguy

                  Is this any help? I'm hoping to hit Ami's this weekend.

                  http://tinyurl.com/5m843c (link to Google Maps)

                  1. re: ctfoodguy

                    It's in a nearly empty shopping plaza on the west side of Thomaston Avenue near the intersection with West Main Street. It's truly a hole in the wall on the south side of the plaza. Another clue: It's on the opposite side of the plaza from Dunkin Donuts.

                2. Find a place that offers NYC bagels brought in! I know a deli in Htd used to have H&H brought in, as does Perk on Main in Durham.

                  Alternatively, my top choices are either Upper Crust in Darien area or LizSue in Stamford.

                  1. Bagelicious is not gone. It still exists in Cheshire, anyway. It is good. Judies bakery makes awesome bagels, in New Haven, also.

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                    1. re: veglover35

                      Judie's Bakery in New Haven does NOT have bagels. Went there this morning and checked, and they tried to sell me some rolls. Ended up going next door to Bruegger's Bagels.

                    2. Try Fancy Bagels off Rt. 10 in Southington....excellent selection.

                      1. Lox Stock and Bagels in West Hartford, save yourself time on the weekends and get in the "Express Line" for a dozen and add the schmear yourself at home.

                        1. Cohen's in the center of Branford. bagels are warm crusty and flavors like asiago, cheddar and whol grain. The best on the shoreline.

                          1. After moving to Middletown from New Haven where I could get New York bagels at several little coffee shops I was missing my bagels until I found Brew Bakers on Main Street. The bagels are great!! They have great spreads there too. Not just plain old cream cheese. I absolutely love the carrot and bean! Fantastic. EVERYTHING there is great.

                            1. Echoing what several others have said, in the Hartford/West Hartford/Farmington/Bloomfield area, there's nothing better than Lox Stock on North Main St. Simply phenomenal. Gets extremely busy during the week at lunch time, and Saturday/Sunday around 9:30-11:00.

                              1. BROOKSIDE BAGELS in simsbury. it can be busy and the workers are rude but everything they make is fantastic tasting.
                                10000 times better than lox stock.

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                                1. re: cjaeger

                                  At Brookside---Get the cheese bagel with everything garlic, seeds, onions etcc.... Dont put any stuff on it. just eat and enjoy. Not a new York bagel, just good chow.

                                  BTW I chowhounded some bagel places last time I was in NY (manhattan) and I was not that impressed. Got to get to brooklyn I guess....

                                2. Try Village Bagels, 653 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, (203) 254-1750‎. It's a tiny one counter shop that makes fresh, soft bagels that my friends at work go gaga over.

                                  1. Best bagels that I've ever had in CT deff. has to be from Liz Sue Bagels on High Ridge rd. In Stamford.

                                    1. Having moved up here frm NYC and given up on finding a decent bagel, I eventually happened on Baker's Dozen bagels in Avon. The guy is from Brooklyn, the bagels are boiled......the best I have had since I left...

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                                      1. re: kofka

                                        Is that the place kinda across from Boston Market?

                                      2. I think so - it is in the same plaza as Marshall's....

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                                        1. re: kofka

                                          I definitely agree with kofka about Baker's Dozen....excellent bagels and a large selection of flavors. If only their whitefish salad were as good... As you look at the strip mall from the street, Baker's Dozen is about halfway between the 99 and the Marshalls.

                                        2. I also love Village Bagels but can only speak to the Boston Post Road, Milford CT location. They also have opened one near the harbor in MIlford Center. The Post Road location has a new sign that says Arthur Avenue Casa Deli, but they tell me it is still Village Bagels, still same owners, still same bagels with more Italian sangweeches!

                                          1. I have to second Cohens on the Branford Green. They make really great bagels of many flavors. Also, Lox Stock and Bagels are really great too, just not close enough for me since I live along the branford shoe area.

                                            I forgot to add they sell their bagels half price everyday after 2pm!!Great deal!!