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Aug 16, 2010 12:09 PM

Consensus on Best Bagels; Who makes 'em?

My vote is for Noah's. They're soft, and plump/puffy with almost no hole in the middle for food to fall through. The texture is easier on the teeth.

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  1. Western Bagel by far! Has been for decades!!!

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    1. re: loreeLB

      Western is better than Manhattan but again, they're too firm and dry for my taste.

      1. re: loreeLB

        Maybe a bagel by western standards, but not a good bagel IMHO. Almost like a roll with a hole in it.

        1. re: loreeLB

          Agreed on Western Bagel - my #1. They took over my beloved I N Joy Bagels that was on Van Nuys Blvd in the 70s and still taste the same.

          1. re: WildSwede

            Are you sure it was Western Bagel?? I believe it was Manhattan Bagel that took them over.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I think so - I always heard Western. Are there any more Manhattan Bagels around?

              Answered my own question -

              Manhattan Bagel
              20048 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

          1. re: SoCal Foodie

            Agree that Brooklyn Bagel Co makes the best. Anytime we are in the downtown area we stop at their shop on Beverly Blvd. So, fresh and delish. They make the bagels for Nate 'n Als

            1. re: maudies5

              And Canter's.
              They have something called Happy Hour.....Between 3 & 5 bagels are half price.

              1. re: monku

                My only vote was for "not Canter's." We overpaid for a dozen stale egg bagels at Canters on Saturday. Gross. And disapointing :(

                1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                  If the bagels were stale, your issue is with Canter's.

                  1. re: monku

                    You're probably right. And, I won't chance it with either Brooklyn or Canter's again. I still wish I had better bagels.

          2. Noah's bagels are delivered to their stores frozen, they aren't fresh by any means.

            1. Haha what a contentious question. I am pretty sure you will not get a consensus. I'll put my vote for Goldstein's. Your reason for a good bagel is in my definition not a good bagel, but to each their own.

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              1. re: apple7blue

                You're probably right; I won't get a consensus and, yes; chacun a son gout.

              2. 1. Bagel Broker
                2. Sam's Bagels

                Everyone has their own opinion and taste buds, but I think Noah's bagels taste like rolls.

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                1. re: Obessed

                  Bagel Broker has the best bagels in LA. The only complaint I have is that the everything is not well made. It seems like the heavily roll the everything in a mixture of sesame, poppy and onion. A good everything should just have a healthy sprinkling of the condiments on top and salt should be required.

                  1. re: js76wisco

                    Wouldn't stick if they "sprinkled" it on. You forgot the garlic. The more the better for me .

                    1. re: monku

                      Yes garlic too. I'm assuming they sprinkle on the stuff after the bagels are boiled and before they baked.

                      The cheese onion at Bagel Broker is great.