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Jan 25, 2009 10:24 AM

Bagels and Lox

Sunday morning, and I had the urge - curious where members of the board think the best bagel and lox can be had in the area

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  1. I've not found sure enough belly lox in NOLA, which was our usual Sunday breakfast growing up in Jersey. Nova is the only thing available here. Here the bagels are pitiful. We used to get them fresh from a bagel store. Leftover, they are lousy. In Nola, mIght as well get Sara Lee and toast them. WF, Doignacs and just about any decent market carries Nova and bagels. WF also has fresh bagels(though not those of my youth). If you want the real thing, order online from: or search the sites for belly lox.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      You need to Go to Stein's Market on Magazine. New York style deli.

    2. surrey's does a very good house made bagel and house cured lox

      stein's deli has smoked salmon, H&H bagels from NYC and whitefish salad

      kosher cajun on severn in Metairie has the real thing- and you can even get canada dry ginger ale- but it's very pricey

      happy noshing

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      1. re: chef4hire

        You can get Canada Dry in Dorignacs's and Winn Dixie, but not Celray. Kosher Cajun has Nova, not belly lox. I don't think there's enough of a demand for any place to keep it on hand. Nova, smoked salmon etc. are entirely different . Belly lox is richer, fattier, saltier, deep (bright) orange, and not for everyone.

        1. re: JazzyB

          Lox is the generic term for both Nova and belly. Most delis in NY serve nova by default unless you specify belly.

          1. re: paz5559

            I assume you were seeking nova. We always got lox sliced by the pound and only bought belly. This purchase requires being specific. Never ate that or any breakfast items (whitefish/chubs, sturgeon, pickled herring ) anywhere but at home, therefore didn't experience the "default nova". BTW, WF has whitefish/chubs at the fresh fish counter.

          2. re: JazzyB

            no diet canada dry at winn dixie- won't even order it

            was just at dorignac's yesterday and they also do not have it- Schwepps yes but still no diet

            1. re: chef4hire

              You said Canada Dry ginger ale, not DIET... which I have been desperately seeking for my Pimm's Cups. Diet Guarana makes a good PC but that's incediably expensive...about $8 6pk.

          1. The Cake Cafe at the corner of Spain and Chartres in the Marigny has fresh home made, boiled bagels and lox daily on the menu. I grew up in the DC and NYC area and will not settle for frozen bagels shipped in. They are boiled with Malt in the water which makes all the difference.

            1. Go to Stein's on Magazine and Jackson...I get the bagels and LOX all the time. I got hooked on this when I lived in Boston and nobody does it better than Stein's in the city.