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FLAGEL - flattened bagel - Where can I get them retail or wholesale?

Anyone know?

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  1. NEVER seen them in Boston, only NYC.

    1. Is this a clever way to sell a product that got run over by the delivery truck? or a bialy in disguise?

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      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

        There is a bagel chain in NY (name?) that sells them and they are honestly chewy and excellent.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          A google search turned up a lot of info. Here's one example:

          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

          1. re: Blumie

            Don't know how I pulled this out of my decrepit gray matter, but just remembered the place I had them in NYC was the Tal Bagel mini chain... They were really good.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Whole Foods Morningside Heights carries flagles. Made off site, but not remembering the company's name currently.

      2. I have never heard the term "flagel," but I have seen that most major supermarkets (and Costco) now carry a mass distribution product (I think it's made by Thomas's -- the english muffin people), which is essentially a flat bagel, the idea being (I think) that it's a less dense, less caloric alternative to a bagel. Of course, if it is Thomas's (or Lenders or the like), one needs to be reminded that making a round bread-like product does not a bagel make!

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        1. re: Blumie

          Bagel Thins! I just picked some up at the Watertown Target the other day. They make decent sandwich-filling holders. Probably nowhere near as tasty as what's in Blumie's link above.

          1. re: Prav

            Yeah, but nothing like a flagle which has more chew.

            1. re: sqboo

              Right, as I just said, nowhere in the same league I'm sure.

              1. re: sqboo

                Flat bagels are all about the chew...

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Do you have to take out special dismemberment insurance if you buy them? Good chewy bagels are hard enough to cut sometimes, one with that kind of density must require a laser.

                  1. re: nsenada

                    I use a laser cutter, tool and die place myself (note the awesomely annoying flash web site): www.bostonlasers.com

                    Honestly they are meant to be eaten sans bris, er uncut.

          2. I've never seen them in Boston. To make one . . . I would take a rolling pin to a fresh Rosenfeld's Bagel from Newton. Bagel Hut in Great Neck NY (on Long Island) has the best "bagel flats" as they call them, that I've ever tasted. I generally prefer a "full" bagel, but the bagel flat can be great when you load it up with salty lox, white onion, and tomato for a sandwich. Lot's of chew --- not hard at all.

            1. That is bizarre - almost as bizarre as the "scooped" bagel that people order at Cafe Fresh Bagel in Needham (not sure if other places do this). It's a bagel with most of it's innards scraped out with a spoon, then toasted. Haven't tried one, and I can't figure out the attraction.

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              896 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494

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              1. re: nsenada

                Most bagel places in NYC will scoop a bagel for you.

                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Yeah, I never got the logic of scooping out the contents of a bagel and throwing it away. A young lady I used to work with diligently scooped out her bagel every morning at the office. I asked why; and was told it was to avoid the extra carbs. I had a better idea: why not just eat one half of the bagel , and save the other half for tomorrow? She looked at me as if I was speaking in sanskrit, and proceeded to cram about half a container of cream cheese into the scooped-out bagel.

                    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                      "She looked at me as if I was speaking in sanskrit, and proceeded to cram about half a container of cream cheese into the scooped-out bagel."

                      Too funny. Still chuckling over that one...

                      1. re: threedogs

                        Although I certainly don't object to the reduced carbs of a scooped bagel, I order mine scooped principally because I like the proportions of a bagel-and-lox sandwich better if the bagel has been scooped. To my taste, it's just a better balanced sandwich that way.