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Aug 15, 2008 06:06 AM

Best Bagels in Western MASS?

How sad, I cannot find an independent bagel place in the Springfield area.

Between Rounds went out of business on Boston Road, Manhattan Bagel at the "X" went out of business. The 3 other bagel places my GPS told me about, I called and they were all out of business!

Formerly of NJ, I tend to like NY style bagels; chewey on the outside and bready inside.

I was delighted to see a PRICE CHOPPER open in Windsor, CT - and one with an instore bagelry at that! I was familiar with the bagels when I lived in Poughkeepsie, NY and they were excellent. Luckily these are also very good. But, it's kinda far. And I'd like to find a bagel deli that cooks up egg sandwiches, too.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Having had the real, great thing in NYC and in Montreal, I feel your pain. :) While there's a Dunkin' Donuts on every friggin corner, delis and bakeries are few and far between. Have you tried Rein's Deli over at the bridge in West Springfield? I haven't had their bagels, but their deli selection is pretty good so maybe they'd be a contender. Otherwise I've ended up at Brugger's in Northampton which is passable but not outstanding.

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    1. re: hollerhither

      cushman market in north amherst(if you happen to be near there--it's not worth the trek just for the bagels). i also happen to prefer reheated frozen H&H bagels better than Bruggers, cause they're chewier. i think the owners are NY transplants (they'll scoop 'em for you, if you ask) but it's not really reflected in the bagels, and the lox are only passable. they also sometimes have bialys.

      still, the lack of good bagels on the amherst/noho belt makes this place look decent.

      1. re: sneakyj

        Thanks for the tip, I will try it when I'm out that way -- last year I had Russ & Daughters lox/bagels/cream cheese shipped in from NYC for New Year's, but that is decadent and indefensible given these economic times...!

        1. re: hollerhither

          my apologies--in my haste i didn't clarify: what they have on their "loxy" bagels is nova. (i think they might sell real lox in the market up front, but i wonder if someone who would make the distinction might also take issue with their pre-packaged lox vs sliced-to-order). also, they do have capers, you just gotta ask.

          never made the trip to Russ & Daughters, been meaning to. i've heard they have pastrami lox. sounds delicious. if i'm in NYC i always just go to the bagel place on the corner of my friend's street and it's always great. sigh...

          1. re: sneakyj

            If you ever find yourself on the lower east side in NYC, Russ & Daughters is a truly awesome thing, we just sit on a bench outside and chow down. But I bet the neighborhood bagel place is just as awesome.

            1. re: hollerhither

              And if for some reason you can't get to the lower east side and need to get a lox fix at higher prices, go to Zabars. Not the same atmosphere( my parents considered Russ & Daughters the ultimate), but the last time I was there and asked for belly lox (what I grew up with) the counterman gave me a taste of each and every smoked salmon they had--I was in heaven. Had a bagel & lox for dinner in my hotel that night.

    2. Also in Windsor Locks, at the airport, is Einstein Bros. Bagels which I think is the best of the chains. But Rein's in W. Springfield would seem like your best option.


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      1. re: Harp00n

        Do you travel on 146 much? There's a bagel place in a plaza near Bank of America...right before you get to Worcester. I haven't been in there though. Saw it on my way somewhere and forgot to stop in on the way back. :(

        I'm so sick of the Dunkin Donuts. RI is the worst. It's not just "on every corner", it's more like another down the street 5 miles! And their food sucks. I prefer Starbucks.... expresso fudge brownie kicks Dunkin's ass in anything chocolatey.

        1. re: Harp00n

          Was just at Bradley and Einstein is now closed.

          1. re: Harp00n

            They were closed last time I flew out of there--about a month ago. And I'd had my mouth all set for a bagel & lox...

          2. UPDATE: I just discovered there is a new bagel business in Manhattan Bagel's old location.

            Benson's Bagels
            598 Sumner Ave.
            Springfield, MA 01108

            I'll post a review once I've tried it.

            Also, since their rye bread is delicious, I would also recommend that CHMURA's bakey in Indian Orchard & Palmer might have good bagels, too.

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            1. re: beartunes

              I tried Benson's today.
              It was very good. They cook the eggs for their egg sandwiches, they have a large variety of bagels, and even do Bialys on the weekend.
              She said to call the store first though, to make sure they have them.
              They are open 7 days a week, 6am-2pm, 7am-2pm on weekends.

              1. re: beartunes

                Benson's is expanding their hours to at least 4 PM on weekends, adding stone pizza's to the menu, and I think they're planning a one-year anniversary on Saturday March 14th with a live music coffee house. Might be the start of something nice since Blue Moon closed.

            2. Emphatically endorse Kimmel's in Longmeadow. I lived in Springfield and worked in Longmeadow and ate them for over a year. By far the closest to a NYC bagel in Western MA. Mahanttan's bagels worked in a pinch too, too bad they're closed.

              N.B. Is Typical Sicilian at the X still open? Loved it there.

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              1. re: Noreaster

                According to the owner at Benson's, Kimmels is now called Alice's.

              2. Woodstar Cafe in Northampton makes excellent, excellent bagels. River Valley Market sells H & H.