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Aug 4, 2010 06:36 AM

Bruegger's Bagels

I will most likely be panned but I have a secret to admit. I actually like Bruegger's Bagels. I am not a fan of Finagle and I am well aware that in Boston there's no way you can get a good NY style bagel, but I have to say, Bruegger's is pretty darn good even if not a NY Bagel. I like their cream cheeses too. I had a rosemary olive oil bagel w/ the low fat veggie cream cheese and it was excellent. Does anyone else here like their bagels? Again, they nowhere near match a NY bagel, but as far as Boston's lame excuse for bagels, I feel like they do a pretty good job.

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  1. Their coffee on the other hand...thumbs down.

    1. I find them a bit rubbery, but I haven't had one in years. Maybe I'll try one and reassess. I really like Cafe Fresh Bagel in Needham.

      Cafe Fresh Bagel
      896 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494

      1. I agree on the bagel and your assesment of Finagle.

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        1. re: trufflehound

          Ditto. Bruegger ain't half bad. Not great, but not terrible. WAY better then fluffy finagle.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            While we're lovin' the chain bagels, I'm more a fan of Einstein's. Though they lack any crust to speak of, the "chew" of the bagel itself is really good. I prefer it to Breugger's'.

            1. re: justbeingpolite

              I did like Einstein's a lot better than Bruegger's, but they closed the one on the Newton/Watertown line.

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                to me Bruegger's and Einstein's bagels are pretty similar, and for chain food I am ok with either. I prefer Einstein's coffee.

        2. There's a bagel place in Newton which has the closet NY bagels I've had here-- and I'm a Jew from NYC- I know my bagels!!!

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          1. re: your_outreach

            Yer talkin' Rosenfeld's and yes it is amongst the best in beantown.

            As a "7th Avenue Adventist" ;-) from NYC myself I know from bagels...

            To JBP above a bagel without crust? I haven't been to Einstein's in a while, but that does not bode well.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              It's got one, just a pretty chewy crust.
              Help me out here, someone.

              1. re: justbeingpolite

                Heck I'll try a few next time I see an Einstein's...

              2. re: StriperGuy

                "7th Avenue Adventist" - love it.

            2. >Boston's lame excuse for bagels

              go to Rosenfeld

              buy and eat bagels.

              report back.

              Rosenfeld Bagel Co
              1280 Centre St, Newton, MA

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              1. re: okra

                I will say that they're not as good as NY, but I thought they were the closest I could find in the Boston area.

                Also, I really like the fish platter at Zaftigs. It's probably my favorite breakfast there. The bagels are good, fine- nothing amazing-- but their whitefish and lox is really great. Ugh that white fish... I want some now!