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Best bagel I've found outside New York is in Las Vegas

SteveTimko Feb 13, 2010 07:29 AM

Okay, technically Henderson.
I'm not finding anyk poss about Weiss Restaurant Bakery Delicatessen on the Chowhound board for Las Vegas but it seems to be a Chowhound kind of spot.

It has the best bagel I've had outside of New York. Better than any place I've been able to find in San Francisco or Los Angeles. I had my epiphany on New York bagels in 1995 and I've tried to find something equivalent in Washington, D.C., San Francisc and Los Angeles and I never did.
I'm not sure the Jewish community would trust a Goy to say Weiss has exceptional bagels, so I think Chowhounds should check out the place. Tell me if I'm on the mark or if I missed it.
I also got challah bread. It was good but seems to be like so much other challah bread.
I also got their hash with eggs for breakfast. Excellent hash they make themselves. The only partof the meal I didn't like was the potatoes.

Weiss Restaurant Deli Bakery
2744 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014

  1. atdleft Feb 13, 2010 09:43 AM

    Yep, Weiss has good bagels. Honestly, the first time I went in my late lunch/early dinner was so-so. For whatever reason, the service and cooking were off. However every time I've been there since, I've been growing to like the place. And yes, the bagels are the #1 reason for me changing my mind on Weiss.

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      Eric Feb 13, 2010 05:10 PM

      As a member of the Las Vegas Jewish community I think Harries Bagelmania has the best bagels. They are located in a shopping center at the southeast corner of Twain and Swenson. Every Tuesday a dozen bagels for $4.95.

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      1. re: Eric
        deepfried Dec 1, 2010 04:43 PM

        I have to go along with Eric on Harries Bagelmania. I grew up in NJ, live in San Diego and come to Las Vegas on business. Harries was recommended to me about 12 years ago and I was hooked. Every time I come to Vegas I stop at Harries and take a dozen home with me. Firm and chewy on the outside. full of flavor....mmmmmm

        855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

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        kagemusha49 Dec 1, 2010 06:23 PM

        How about Levi's bagel and deli? They make them fresh on the premises each day.

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        1. re: kagemusha49
          shamu613 Dec 1, 2010 06:39 PM

          Levi's. That's the place that opened up, what... two months ago? I live in Henderson and made the drive all the way over to west Sahara TWICE, just to satisfy my notion that Levi's is anything but chow worthy. Their bagels, specifically are pedestrian. The rest of their menu isn't anything special. If I lived next door to Levi's I would still drive all the way over to the other side of the valley for my deli fix.

          Weiss makes their bagels fresh on the premises each day. Bagel Cafe makes their bagels fresh on the premises each day. Brooklyn Bagel Deli makes their bagels fresh on the premises each day. Good Buns Bakery makes their bagels fresh on the premises each day. (Not that anybody could discern the difference between their bagels and their dinner rolls, but that's another discussion.)

          Pretty much every delicatessen that sells bagels in this town makes their bagels fresh on the premises each day. What's your point?

          Brooklyn Bagel
          10604 S Eastern Ave Ste C, Henderson, NV 89052

          1. re: shamu613
            kagemusha49 Dec 1, 2010 10:19 PM

            My point is that Levi's which has certainly been open longer than two months, I have to wonder what your point is - did they not give you a discount?

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              shamu613 Dec 3, 2010 01:12 PM

              You're right. I stand corrected. It's been five months.

              Maybe if they keeps at it for another couple of decades they might learn how to make tasty bagels. The ones I had during my two visits were closer to dinner rolls with holes. They didn't have the obligatory crust nor chew found ina really good bagel. I also found the service lacking. While the management wandered around, schmoozed and pointed the only waitress on duty was overwhelmed. Not terribly surprising considering that it was her first day. But the same lack of service and the same brand new, albeit different, waitress occurred during a subsequent visit.

              Between the lousy bagels and the lousy service and the high prices, I'm not terribly interested in going back anytime soon. I'll give them 10 or 15 years to iron out the kinks.

              1. re: shamu613
                kagemusha49 Dec 3, 2010 02:29 PM

                OK - I retract my vote - I only had a pumpernickel bagel with schmeer. To be honest I really do not get excited about traditional bagels - not sure why I chimed in on this. I so rarely see places that do fresh pumpernickel that I get excited about that.

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            Eric Dec 1, 2010 06:57 PM

            I live about five minutes from Levi's and will go out of my way to avoid their bagels. Just because a deli makes their own bagels does not make them edible. Eating Levi's bagels is like eating a sponge. Way to soft. A proper bagel should be crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside.

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              montanacsl Dec 3, 2010 07:42 PM

              IMHO, just a little crusty on the outside and chewy inside. From someone who used to bake her own out of desperation, if they don't boil them before they bake them, don't buy 'em. Can't wait to try Bagelmania on my first trip to Vegas beginning this Sunday.

              855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

              1. re: montanacsl
                shamu613 Dec 7, 2010 04:25 PM


                If you're dining alone, let me know. I'll keep you company.

                1. re: montanacsl
                  janetofreno Dec 10, 2010 09:36 PM

                  Try the matzoh ball soup there too.

                  1. re: montanacsl
                    SteveTimko Dec 11, 2010 07:43 AM

                    Please report back. I want to try it, myself.

                    1. re: montanacsl
                      hhc Dec 22, 2010 05:20 PM

                      Any reports back on Bagelmania?

                      855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

                2. BubblyOne Dec 11, 2010 08:31 AM

                  Well, David Sax that wrote Save The Deli and spent 3 years (I think) eating at delis across the US raves about Weiss. I want to try it on my next visit.

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                  1. re: BubblyOne
                    atdleft Dec 11, 2010 09:42 AM

                    I live fairly close to Weiss, and it's been growing on me in the last year. My first lunch here just over a year ago wasn't all that great, but perhaps that was just a bad day. Every time since then, the food's been solid. And the bagels are especially good.

                    Weiss Restaurant Deli Bakery
                    2744 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014

                  2. hhc Dec 30, 2010 08:39 PM

                    Went to Weiss Restaurant for breakfast. It's about 20 min drive away from the Strip in the town of Henderson NV. Afterwards go to Ethel M if you're interested since it's only another 5-10min drive away.

                    It's an old style restaurant. B. didn't like the booth sinks too deep he said, so we got a 4-top table.

                    I got:
                    Poppy seed bagel w/ cream cheese $2.75. I wanted sesame but they ran out. I asked for it toasted & it was. Cream cheese was on the side.

                    B. got regular bagel w/ lox & cream cheese $5.25. That's cream cheese w/ pieces of lox mixed in. I liked it better.

                    2 scrambled eggs $1.75 - we shared, fine.

                    Corned beef hash $4.95 - housemade. I liked it, but found it salty.

                    OJ $2.25 - not freshly squeezed, B. got it.

                    Coffee $1.95 - they refill it free.

                    Our total $18.90 + $1.53 tax = $20.43 before tip. Separate bathrooms available. Credit cards allowed.

                    They have a little deli section & bakery too. Didn't buy anything there.

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                    1. re: hhc
                      SteveTimko Dec 31, 2010 07:54 AM

                      You don't sound overly impressed with the bagels.

                      1. re: SteveTimko
                        hhc Dec 31, 2010 01:27 PM

                        Steve, I liked my bagel fine, B. liked his, thank you for the recommendation. I would recommend Weiss if in the area. I hope to try the other places recommended also whenever I'm in Vegas again .

                    2. SteveTimko Jan 8, 2011 06:22 AM

                      Okay, I finally made it to Harrie's Bagelmania. I've only eaten at each place but I'd give he edge to Weiss for the begals. I liked the everything bagel and the bialy i got at Harrie's, but I think the Weiss bagel I got was cooked just perfectly while Harrie's wasn't quite perfect. Again, this is based at eating at each place only. once.
                      I also got a pastrami omelet at Harrie's and I think Weiss does a better job with their corn beef hash than Harrie's does with their pastrami.
                      Service at Harrie's was excellent.

                      855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

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