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Dec 7, 2008 10:05 AM

Best bagel in Seattle?

Got in a conversation with a friend over this, so thought I'd get recommendations here - what are people's votes for best bagel in town?

On a related note, as I like having this on a bagel, any one know a good place for whitefish salad spread? Noah's (who's bagels aren't great), used to have a great whitefish salad on a bagel sandwich, but they stopped carrying it last year.


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  1. The only one I consider edible is at Bagel Oasis.

    The nearest alternative beside that would be a Montreal-style bagel across the border in Vancouver.

    1. Make the most of the currently affordable gas prices and take a road trip to one of the following destinations:

      Head north to Bellingham and go to the Bagelry on Railroad Ave. (Then check out Mallard Ice Cream next door for dessert).
      Head south to Portland and hit up Kenny and Zukes, where they make a nice whitefish salad (along with chopped liver, chicken salad, egg salad, etc.) to spread on their delicious house baked bagels and bialys.

      Sadly, Seattle no longer has a decent bagel bakery, IMO.

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      1. re: RouxBabe

        Agree about Zenny and Zukes in Portland. Best bagels, whitefish salad and corned beef on the west coast.

      2. i find the bagel shop on first avenue between pike and pine to purvey an entirely acceptable product - and the only whitefish salad i know of in seattle )albeit a tad salty) is just down the street at the 'i love new york deli' in the economy arcade under the market clock.

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        1. re: howard 1st

          Are you talking about Pike Place Bagel? That place is horrid. The bagels are too fluffy and the microwave them!

          1. re: bluedog67

            now, that's going the extra mile for sunday morning bagels!

            1. re: broksonic

              Save some gas. My Coffeehouse in Madison Valley get H&H bagels Fedexed to them every morning.

        2. Agreed with bagel oasis. As a lifelong Manhattanite, I'm particular snobby about bagels. Bagel Oasis is fine. The people who work there are hateful, however. No other bagels I've found are reasonable. Pike Place Bagel is drek.

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          1. re: Chardo

            I, too, am an ex-New Yorker, and I agree 100 percent with your take on Bagel Oasis. The bagels there are pretty darn good--not as good as the best I've had in New York, but certainly good enough.

            The service at Bagel Oasis is absolutely deplorable. It's almost as if they're trying to be slow and uncaring. Whoever owns that place ought to find a new batch of high school kids to work there.

            1. re: Chardo

              Ahh, 'drek.' Don't hear that word too much around here, but it does say a mouthful!!