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Sep 29, 2009 09:37 AM


I'm having a big brunch in a few weeks and need to get lots of bagels. I'll be going up to Boston the day before so would like to get the BEST BAGELS available around. What suggestions? Thanks

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  1. Rosenfeld's in Newton Center makes excellent bagels, the best I have had in Boston and better than most I have recently had in New York. Call ahead if you are going to place a big order; it can be a zoo on weekends.

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      1. re: hobie

        I agree. Rosenfeld's probably has the best bagels I've had in the Boston area. Others I like to varying degrees are Back Bay Bagel Co. in Brockton, Kupel's in Brookline, Bagel Rising in Allston, Iggy's in Cambridge, and Katz's in Chelsea.

        1. re: hiddenboston

          Second Kupel's. I especially like their whole wheat varieties.

          1. re: Parsnipity

            The bagels are pretty good at Kupel's, but don't be seduced by anything else in the bakery cases: their pastries are absolutely awful.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              Yeah, I would agree. They all have the same residue-on-roof-mouth thing going that I also experience with Lyndell's. I'm wondering if that's a telltale sign of shortening or some other butter-substitute?

            2. re: Parsnipity

              One more vote for Kupels. No one has mentioned their huge variety of bagel flavors and toppings. They have pretty much everything you could need, especially if you get their earlier in the day. Man... just thinking about the concept of a Kupels-stocked bagel party makes me excited. Now I want to throw one.

      2. I prefer Iggy's and Kupel's bagels to Rosenfeld's, but they all are pretty good.

        1. My vote goes to Cafe Fresh Bagels, in Needham, Dedham, or Walpole. I think they're better than the ones from Rosenfeld's, or any I've had from NY.

          1. I am partial to Bagel Rising, they have a good variety of whole grain bagels. They also have Tofu spreads (which i'm not into) for people that are looking for a cream cheese alternative.

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            1. re: danyboy

              no to Kupels whose bagels have deteriorated to oversize bready pillow. Breughers bagels are better than these. Rosenfelds, Bagel Rising, even the Ziggy's bagels at Whole Food, are better.

            2. I prefer Kupels. I have had them very recently, and they're great. Also good fresh cream cheese. I think the major problem with your plan, though, is getting the bagels the day before they will be eaten. Day old bagels, no matter where they're from, will really not be very good.