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Bagel + Lox

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This is my newest food obsession. It seems to be slim pickins finding places that serve bagels with lox around here. Let's talk about where to go for this delicious combination.

Yesterday I was finally able to get one at Common Roots Cafe. Deeeelicious. The onion bagel was a tad difficult to chew through, but everything else was perfect. I will definitely be going back for another.

I've heard that the St. Paul Bagelry offers a good one as well, but I have yet to try it myself.

I'd also heard that Brothers Deli in downtown Mpls had a good one, but when I went in last week, they only had a scant bit of old lox that she wouldn't even serve me. She said she couldn't remember the last person to order it.

Where else should I go? Help me feed my latest craving!

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Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Brothers Deli
50 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

St. Paul Bagelry
1702 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

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  1. I'd love an answer on this also, my East Coast wife laments the lack of quality bagels and its
    Lox + Bagel combination...

    Maybe Cecil's?

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    1. re: eastlakovore

      here's what I'd do along with searching for restaurants that serve the lovely combination to you...(and for massive amounts of money traditionally since good lox is expensive)...I'd be trying out the fancier types of smoked salmon (has to be cold-smoked to qualify as lox in my opinion) that you can find at the Wedge and other gourmet type places, maybe Surdyk's too...yes, I'm saying, 'do it yourself at home'...........it's not rocket science, just requires quality ingredients. Try a few types of bagels, including St Paul bagelry, get some good cream cheese, Philadelphia is the usual but also try some organic cream cheese for comparison. I like it with some veggies too like sliced cukes and tomatoes and raw onion. Read the labels on the lox packages for sodium content, try to find ones with lower sodium so you'll be able to taste the salmon not just salt. Have fun!

      1. re: faith

        Right, I've made them at home before. But rather than going to a bagel shop for fresh bagels to bring home and assemble the sandwiches myself, I'm interested in learning where I can order one off a menu.

        I see that Mort's Delicatessen has a lox "platter", but the $13 pricetag prevents me from being interested. The one I got yesterday at Common Roots was half that.

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        Common Roots Cafe
        2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

        Mort's Delicatessen
        525 Winnetka Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427

      2. re: eastlakovore

        the bagel situation has actually improved a lot here with the arrival of Brueggers, Einstein and others. no more "Lutheran Bagels." it used to be that there was a small bagel bakery in saint louis park and that was it

      3. My 2 recommendations based on what I've had in that department in the last 12 months are Common Roots and St. Paul Bagelry. Both are very good. Neither are comparable to what you would find on the East Coast. Which, to a large extent, is based on the lack of demand here. Bagels aren't a huge passion here, so folks content themselves with mediocre bagels, whereas on the East Coast, if you make crappy bagels, you won't be in business very long. And there's a high turnover in lox, so it keeps it fresh. Not so much here.

        I've been looking for high quality bagels since I moved here 7 years ago. Closest I've come are Common Roots and the St. Paul Bagelry. Zeno in Uptown used to have H & H bagels overnighted in Saturday mornings, and while not the cheapest, even several hours old, they were the best bagel around. Alas, Zeno in no more.

        I'll be very interested in what you come up with. Thanks for starting the thread...I've given up my search for dead and have been willing to settle for "pretty good".

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        Common Roots Cafe
        2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

        St. Paul Bagelry
        1702 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

        1. Actually, now that I think of it, I had one at the St. Paul Farmer's Market this summer that was heavenly. I believe it was from Golden's Deli, but from what I can gather on the interwebs, they don't serve it in the cafe. Just the market. But they're not at the market after October. Boo!

          So if you can wait until next spring, hit up the market and try it out. I think it was like $9, but the treat was worth every penny.

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          Golden's Deli
          275 4th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

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          1. re: ike.

            If memory serves, Be'Wiched has had it a couple of times as a special. Try calling them and requesting it. I have every confidence that they would do a great job.

            1. re: ike.

              It's the atmosphere that makes the bagels from Golden's good... they get them from Bruegger's.

            2. heh. by chance i just read an astute post on the manhattan board: "Perhaps a doughnut town cannot be a bagel town and vice versa?" ;-P

              makes sense to me. msp of course would be a doughnut town. . .

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              1. re: soupkitten

                I dunno...doughnuts here in MSP seem to mirror the rest of things. There is no single shop that offers a wide variety of awesome donuts, in my opinion. One shop will do a good raised, while another will do a great old fashioned. I drive clear over to Granny Donuts on South Robert for my apple fritter.

                A lot of cities have single shops where everything is great. Sort of like Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul is to cupcakes IMO.

                I still contend that MSP is an ice cream town.

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                Granny Donuts
                1555 Robert St S, West St Paul, MN 55118

                1. re: MSPD

                  Oh...and FWIW....Common Roots plain bagel, lox, schmear and capers is my go-to. Or Bruegger's when I need my fix and I can't get up into town.

                  1. re: MSPD

                    by all means, let's keep our priorities in order!

                    in any sane universe, quality ice cream should come before any other type of sweet or savory light snack.

                    i believe it was one of the coldest days in january last year, and we got a flat tire on 94 and pulled off to fix it. with old lug wrenches, cold hands, mismatched mittens, etc, the ordeal took the better part of an hour in the bitter cold. got back in the car: "well, what do you want to do now?" and there was nothing for it. we had to go to izzy's for ice cream, after that. ;-P

                2. Personally, finding the "perfect bagel" isn't necessarily the priority. Land-locked as we are, our standards have to be realistic.

                  That said, the lox is what's hard to find. I'm perfectly fine with a place using (fresh-ish) Bruegger's bagels, so long as they're topping said bagels with some good quality lox and other related accompaniments.

                  So yeah. The intent of this thread was more about lox and less about bagels. But thanks for the suggestions so far.

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                  1. re: ike.

                    In that vein, you can actually get a passable bagels and lox @ Brueggers...red onion, capers, cold smoked lox of unknown origin...it's the only thing I ever get there...and I've had worse...in airports.