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Mar 11, 2010 09:40 AM

Dense chewy bagels in Cincinnati?

Hi gang,

Can you'all advise me on a place to find good, dense, chewy bagels in Cincinnati?

Now and then I like to toast a bagel and put lots of cream cheese on it. I have tried the bagels from Krogers, but they seem too 'wimpy', like they are not hard enough on the outside, and not dense enough on the inside.

Any recommendations?

By the way, one of my favorite bagel preparations is to take a nice, toasted, poppy-seed bagel (that was sliced in half of course), put a thick layer of cream cheese on each half, then to each half add a think layer of chopped green onions (scallions), then add another thick layer of chopped black olives!! Woohoo! it's dee-licious!!

This preparation is from a bagel place in Santa Cruz, CA (The Bagelery) and they call it "The Moxie". One way to get the thick layers of chopped green onion and black olive is to use a surface/plate/container that is larger than the bagel halves, and 'pour' the stuff over the bagel halves, letting a lot spill off the sides. Then you can move the bagel halves, recover the over-spill, and do the next topping. Pile it on!!

Your job, should you decide to accept it, is to try the Moxie, and then improve it! Good luck!

- Thomas

P.S. Shoot, now all I can think off is a hot, toasted, raisin and cinnamon bagel dripping with melted butter and a thick layer of cream cheese on it. Nom-nom-nom!! ^L^

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  1. You want Skally's. I'm not sure where all you can buy them, but I suggest you contact their bakery/restaurant on Galbraith Rd. in North College Hill. Sometimes when hubby and I eat there they actually hand us a complimentary bag o' bagels. Nice folks, good gyros and pizzas, too, by the way.

    1. You need to get on I-71 North, go about 100 miles north to Columbus, get on 70-East to James Rd, north on James to Broad St., turn right on Broad and head to Block's Bagels. No kidding! Block's has real water bagels better than 90% of the bagels in NYC. You could purchase a few dozen and freeze them. If you like smoked salmon spread, veggie cream cheese or chive cheese, theirs is the best as well.

      OTOH, you might try phoning Block's and see if they distribute anywhere near Cincinnati, as they used to supply a few local delis.

      1. Marx Bagels in Blue Ash. Great quality and lots of varieties of bagels.

        1. I was at Whole Foods here in Columbus on Sunday and they have what appears to be NY style bagels. i know there is a WF in Mason, off I-71 and Fields-Ertel Rd. Perhaps this is close to you and you could call them before visiting?

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            There is also a Whole Foods near I-71 and Smith-Edwards in the Rookwood Pavilion development.

            The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant
            1077 Celestial St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

          2. Hey thanks for the replies Emm, Diane and John!

            I found Marx Hot Bagel Factory last week, and I am quite impressed. Good 'skin', pretty chewy and they do have an expansive selection! ^L^

            I bought two each, raisin and cinnamon, onion, poppy seed and sesame seed. They were all very good and the counter man was wise enough to bag the onion bagels separately.

            By the way, I have been told that the Busken Bakery and the Bruegger's Bagel Bakery are also good. I may try them in the future.

            Also by the way, the Blue Ash Chili place is like 200 yards south on the same side of the road, I stopped there on my way home for a double grilled Rubin sandwich! Also very good! Woohoo!

            - Thomas

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            1. re: Cincinnati_Diner

              Glad you liked Marx Bagels. There is no competition in Cincinnati (and many other bagel places across the country). Their tuna salad is the best I've ever had.

              1. re: Cincinnati_Diner

                Bruegger's Bagels are great, too. I grew up in Cinci and crave these bagels. My fav is pumpernickel bagel, toasted, chive cream cheese and smoked salmon. Breakfast, lunch or dinner -- excellent.