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Feb 13, 2009 10:58 AM

Are there any good bagels in NOVA?

There does not seem to be many options for a good bagel around here. Help!!

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  1. brooklyn bagel shop in courthouse. i like it. they're not the nicest people in the world but the bagels are huge and delicious

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    1. re: littlew1ng

      I second brooklyn bagel. Bagels are prety good. And I don't think that it's the staff is not nice, I think they just brought some brooklyn attitude with their bagel recipe, not mean, just "efficient" :-)

      1. re: littlew1ng

        these bagels are good.

        the chesapeake bagel place is bad. terrible service too.

        if you trek into dc, calvert woodley liquor store has h&h bagels. i believe they get a delivery of them fresh every day from nyc.

        1. re: kneelconqueso

          No need to go to DC for H and H. They have them at Arrowine in N. Arlington. Still, I prefer Brooklyn Bagels, my 'new' favorite.

      2. My personal favorite in the area is they are super busy in the mornings and afternoons. They seem to make bagels most of the day so there is a good chance of getting one hot out of the oven. I'm not a big fan of chains but has a bunch of shops in the area and they do a pretty decent bagel. They boil and them bake them like you are supposed to do. For Brueggers just make sure that one you go to makes their own. Some shops get their bagels from a Bruggers located near by and it seems like they never get the fresh ones.

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        1. re: jongchen

          I'll second Tyson's Bagel Market (tricky getting into the right lot, though).

          I've had pleasant service and good bagels at the Bagel Bakery in the Bradlee Shopping Center, Rte 7 (King St) just East of 495

          1. re: wayne keyser

            I agree the parking at Tyson's Bagel Market is very tricky. Park in the back much easier to get out that parking in front of the store.

            I used to like Bagel Bakery but the owners changed maybe 3 years ago and I dunno, something changed in the bagels and not for the better. They were also very poorly run. They normally have a line out the door that moves very slowly. Tyson's Bagel Market is twice as busy and even with the line out the door it does not take more than 10 minutes to get a bagel. I may be wrong abut Bagel Bakery as I have not gone in years. I hope someone that goes can correct my opinion of them.

        2. It's got an awful name. But, in the Fair Oaks area, Bagel Buddies has the best bagels I've had in No. Va. Best in the area, though, are in Annapolis @ Bagels Etc.

          Bagel Buddies
          13081 Fair Lakes Shopping Ctr, Fairfax, VA

          2019 West St E, Annapolis, MD

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          1. re: theoneontheleft

            Bagel Buddies is good, Tyson's Bagel Market is good, and Main St. Bagel Deli in Fairfax are good.

            The chains -- Chesapeake, Manhattan, Einstein -- all blow. The only good chain we ever had around here was Bruegger's, and a dispute between the franchisee and the home office took care of them. Pity that.

            1. re: Bob W

              There is a new Bruegger's Bagels in Ballston, I haven't been yet though fyi.

              1. re: Bob W

                And there are two in Old Town, one on King Street, the other in the Carlyle development. And, I've seen one in DC as well, near Verizon Center. They are fine, not spectacular -- I never tasted much difference between Brueggers and Chesapeake Bagel.

            2. We get bagels at the Capital Bagel Bakery in the Bradlee shopping center in Alexandria. My New York raised husband says they are decent.

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              1. re: maoj

                I agree Capital Bagels is pretty decent, but they can be quite doughy. However, I haven't been there recently, because I have been going to the Bruegger's in Carlyle. Can't think of any other places in Alexandria.