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Bagels - I am trying to locate the best bagels by region. Where can you get good bagels?

Has anyone ever had the bagels from carangi's in South philly? How about really good New york quality bagels? I've been looking a long time!

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  1. It's not in Philly, but The Bagel Spot in Cherry Hill has authentic Kosher bagels. They are very good, and offer a wide selection of different flavors. This is a very tiny store, totally no frills. These are boiled bagels, not the steamed kind you get at Dunkin Donuts or most other 'bagel' stores. If you want authentic, it would be worth the ride over; maybe 15 minutes from the BF Bridge. Word to the wise: don't expect friendly service here. I've been going for years and they barely acknowledge me, even though I am a regular. Don't take the lack of service personally; they treat everyone the same.

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    1. re: mschow

      If it's not boiled, it's not a bagel. The cr%$#p they serve at Dunkin Donuts is NOT a bagel, despite it's shape...

    2. I love South Street Philly Bagels on Third between South and Bainbridge. Some of the local coffee shops, like Red Hook on 4th and Catherine, also serve their bagels.

      There's also a deli in Reading Terminal, I can't remember the name, but it's on the perimeter of one of the main seating areas, that sells par-baked H&H Bagels from NYC. Yes, like H&H from Seinfeld :) If you buy a bunch, they're frozen and then if I recall you can either thaw them and then cook them (better) or cook from frozen. They may also sell individuals ones that are ready to eat. It's been a while since I was there.

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      1. re: LPhila

        I second South Street Bagels. The deli at RTM is Hershel's

      2. New York Bagels on City Ave @ Haverford Ave.

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        1. Roling's bakery in Elkins Park

          1. As a native New Yorker who has lived here for 25 years I have yet to find good bagels in the area. We still go to New York, buy by the dozen and freeze them. I look forward to trying everyone's recommendation on City Avenue. Now does anyone have authentic bialys?

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            1. re: TeamPhilly

              not sure how authentic, but the Wegmans in Warminster had them and they were very good.

              1. re: TeamPhilly

                Kaplans in Northern Liberties has them as well as my second choice for bagels (I don't get to City Line Ave)

                1. re: Bigley9

                  Noice! Just a haul for me from Horsham. I have three Manhattan Bagels in the area, the one in Doylestown being the best. They put toppings on both sides of the bagel unlike the other two. When I asked the owner why the other two did not, he replied, that's against Corporate directives, they're supposed to put toppings on both sides.

                2. re: TeamPhilly

                  The place just off City Line used to have them, and salt sticks, but I'm not sure since they changed hands.

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                  New York Bagel Bakery
                  7555 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

                  1. re: Mawrter

                    wow... i haven't had a good salt stick in years.

                3. I found a new Kosher bakery- Homemade Goodies.
                  510 South 5th Street, Phila.
                  They are baking for Passover, but not strictly kosher for passover.

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                  1. re: emond

                    Neato! My daughter lives on South Street, near 4th. I'll get her to go shopping with me. Good call!

                    1. re: TwoBellies

                      A&S Bagels in Bensalem have the most quality bagels I've ever had. New York style, they are fantastic. Bagel Junction in Newtown is pretty good as well.

                  2. In West Chester area, there's Country bagel and Wegman's

                    1. I'm a former New Yorker who has lived in the Philly area for thirty years. I agree with
                      team philly. I have yet to find a good ,local bagel that is as good those in NYC. I think it has something to do with the water. hte local water here is very hard, alot of calcium carbonate and it does something funny to the bagels. NYC water comes form upstate NY and is really very drinkable.

                      I like Wegman's bagels. They come a little closer to NYC bagels and the nice thing about them is that they are not humongous but rather are the size bagels used to be.
                      I have gotten frozen bialys from Shoprite, from a NY store, but not the same as fresh.
                      Kossar's Bialys and H&H will ship.

                      1. The BEST bagels are Fill-A-Bagel in Jenkintown, PA. I don't even like bagels but I'll eat their's.

                        1. RJ's bagels on Makefield Road in Lower Makefield , Falls Township. Always good.

                          1. for bialys (and bagels) we like Elkins Park..right near the train station, I think Rollings?

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                            1. A&S Bagels- Authentic NY bagels in Langhorne/Bensalem.

                              2363 Neshaminy Blvd, Bensalem