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anyone else note a decline in the H&H bagel?

farago Apr 17, 2010 06:47 AM

that pretty much says it all ... after about 8-9 months without hitting H&H i bought a bagful out of the oven an hour ago - plain and pump - and was jarred by the price but staggered by the texture and taste ... even the color pattern of the browning when toasted -

whatever one thought of them in the past, they were distinctive to the point of uniqueness...

this morning they didn't give dunkin donuts a run for its money...

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    addictedtolunch RE: farago Apr 17, 2010 07:10 AM

    I've noted a decline to be sure- but I always assume with all these changes that it's just me getting old and too familiar with a taste. But H & H has seemed mediocre and very over-priced to me for some time now.

    1. NAtiveNewYorker RE: farago Apr 17, 2010 07:13 AM

      Happened years ago. When the mail order and wholesale biz really took off.

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        ChiefHDB RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 17, 2010 07:19 AM

        I tend to think bagels in Manhattan are wildly overrated.

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          addictedtolunch RE: ChiefHDB Apr 18, 2010 01:34 AM

          Totally agree. You can generally get better in the outer boroughs and even the suburbs. I guess sometimes the less well known a place is, the less likely they make them for shipment or to have a long shelf life, and therefore the fresher and tastier they are.

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        marlie202 RE: farago Apr 17, 2010 07:32 AM

        sad but true and they are way too expensive--Zabar's are less money and taste great too--

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          sugartoof RE: farago Apr 17, 2010 11:06 PM

          Don't know, but Ess-A-Bagel has declined in quality, without a doubt. The plain bagels taste like cardboard. Sure, they're big, but there's little flavor, a lack of salt, or something that's very different than the bagels they used to turn out. If find them difficult to bite into unless they're hot, and it's increasingly harder to get lucky and nab one of those as the day goes on. Something which wasn't a problem in days gone by.

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            foodismylife RE: farago Apr 19, 2010 01:54 PM

            H&H has been sub par for years, Murray's is the only option.
            That they refuse to toast cracks me up.

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