Raleigh-Bagels & Lox
I looked at some older threads, but basically I'm a long time southerner BUT i was raised on decent ny bagels & lox. I have lived here 30 odd years so every once in awhile I hope there is a glimmer of hope that some decent one become available.
I do not want to drive, repeat, drive to Durham or Chapel Hill.
I'm talking Raleigh proper, I'll go North if need be, towards WF.
I have yet to find a decent bagel in Raleigh, unfortunately. Lox is also hard to find, but I can tell you that it's surprisingly easy and lo-tech to make it at home. Plus, then you get to slice it as thinly as you like.
I hate to say it, but Bruegger's is about the best around here - at least when they finish baking them and you don't get those pale, soft "ghost bagels." Some locations, such as the one at Sutton Square (near Fresh Market on FON), are better than others.
As far as lox goes, at least you can get the pre-packaged stuff from Acme in Harris Teeter. I know it's not the same as hand sliced, but there aren't all that many people in NY who still know how to properly slice fish.
Now, if you don't mind frozen - and, as far as I'm concerned, the only reason to freeze a bagel is if it's going stale - DaVinci's in WF has H&H bagels. They also have H&H bialys, which don't suffer so much from being frozen. They're a bit pricey, though.
Well, not Raleigh, but Cary - the ones at Trader Joe's are the best I've experienced in the area...
Another Cary recommendation is New York Bagel Deli (NYBD) at the corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Rd. It's in a shopping plaza anchored by Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart. They cook their bagels on premises the proper New York way. Not as good as the best bagelries in NYC, but as good as I've found 'round here. They'll build a full CC&L sandwich for you. Nothing special about the lox, but perfectly edible.
2050 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC
NYBD has a North Raleigh location as well in Kroger shopping center at corner of Strickland and Falls of Neuse. Having lived in NYC, I like their bagels (forget the biayls) -- far, far superior to Brueggers. They also have decent NY-style danish, hamantashen, black and whites, and a good assortment of NY-style butter cookies. Babka on Jewish holidays ain't bad. Not crazy about their potato salad or cole slaw, but enjoy their whitefish salad. Lox is OK but nothing special.
Still for transplants hankering for a taste of the North, they scratch much of that itch.
New York Bagels & Deli
7909 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615