Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
- Mr. Taster
Well I've read the reviews (from J Gold and in other places) about the transcendent bagels at Brooklyn Bagel Bakery on Beverly near the Alvarado/Rampart area.
I'm from New Jersey where even some of the local grocery stores make good NY bagels (and I went to school in Missouri, where the local grocery bagels were like white bread rings.) So I've experienced both extremes.
I've gone 3 times to BBB and have been underwhelmed each time... but I really want to like them and am not ready to give up on them yet.
What am I missing here? Perhaps it was because I went in the afternoon after the bagels had been sitting around? (Although I must say, a good NY bakery bagel doesn't taste bad even at a day old... the texture becomes only slightly chewier, so this does not give me hope for BBB)
Any tips or tricks on snagging a primo bagel at BBB would be most welcome. My favorite bagels are simple poppyseed, with cream cheese and belly lox (which it seems is only attainable at Barney's Greengrass, per a posting I started several weeks ago).
Please note that this is not a posting requesting other bagel places in LA. I've seen those threads and no need to re-hash them here.
I wish you luck with BB. The one time I went they were hot out of the oven, but this seemed to make little difference. They were, frankly, horrible. I am a former New Yorker and bagel-lover, so my standards are probably pretty high. Still, for a place that was named "Best of" by the LA Weekly, I expected much better.
I think it's a compared to what? situation. Compared to other bagels locally available, BBB is pretty good, maybe the best. Compared to NY bagels, not so good. Maybe you should switch to croissants.
Mr. Taster, I don't think you're missing anything. I, like you, are from NJ and went to BBB at least three times after reading raves and a friend's high recommendation. Each time I was disappointed and couldn't understand what the fuss was all about. All I can figure is that either I have unusually high standards for bagels, or that most of the people raving about them aren't all that familiar with a "real" East Coast bagel (this is NOT a knock on the people who like them--just an observation...please don't flame me!). The only ones I've had that come close to East Coast bagels (above all else, they have that outer "crust") are at the NY Bagel Company in Brentwood.
BBB and Western Bagel are about as good as you're going to get out here.
I'm from NYC originally and I concur, the bagels are just better back there. The reason? As best as I can determine, it's the WATER.
Ex-NYers have come out here with their family recipes, methods, and ingredients for making bagels and they just don't taste the same.
At least the weather's nice out here...