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Who makes the best Bialys and the best Onion Rolls in the Philly area?

acewex Nov 21, 2008 08:41 AM

Any thoughts on the best onion rolls and best bialys in the area??

Thanks, Ryan

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    silverbullet69 Nov 26, 2008 06:10 AM

    south street bagels (aka "hot bagels") had bialy's last time I was there. sue's produce stand (rittenhouse area) had them for a while but not anymore.. anywhere else?? in the city?? I love the damn things, most people in Phila dont even know what a bialy is!!!

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      Bigley9 Nov 24, 2008 07:30 AM

      Kaplan's in Northern Liberties - 3rd street

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        lizbomze Nov 24, 2008 06:48 AM

        Rolings Bakery in Elkins Park. Handmade bagels and (I think) bialys. They really know what they're doing there.

        1. Bossa_Nova Nov 21, 2008 08:57 AM

          Le Bus Bakery in the Reading Terminal Market has what they label as "Jewish Onion Rolls" that are excellent.

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            IamStarving Nov 21, 2008 09:15 AM

            Nice tip, BN, mean to get my butt down there, just too cold! Brrr!

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              givemecarbs Nov 22, 2008 10:55 AM

              Bossa, do they sell "salt sticks" at Le Bus? They are a childhood favorite of mine.

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                Bride of the Juggler Nov 24, 2008 06:26 AM

                I think it's called NY Bagels at City Line and Haverford has salt sticks. Thank you.

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                  Mawrter Nov 26, 2008 07:07 PM

                  Yeah, I think that's the new name - that place has always been the go-to place for transplanted NYers with a jones for Jewish ethnic carbs. Bagels, bialys, salt sticks - all very good. I don't think they're quite as good as the original owners were, but it's been such a long time since they changed hands, I don't think my memory could possibly be reliable.

                  For a very long time,they were not just the best, but the *only* place you could get any of those foods anywhere in the region.

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