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Jan 19, 2011 07:35 AM

Black and whites? A good bialy, perhaps?

Now that Morty's is closed, I need a new black-and-white fix. Not the spongy, packaged, convenience store crap sold under the name "Joey's" (or whoever), but the real, cake-y B&Ws in either mini or mongo size. Anyone spot them somewhere?

And while I'm at it, how about a good bialy? (What is the plural of "bialy" anyway??)


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  1. Chutzpah spells the plural as Bialys, and of course they have them.

    1. I think Bethesda Bagels has pretty good bialys, although they only sell them on Sat. (and maybe Sun?) and they usually run out by the afternoon (theirs have passed the "visiting New York native relative" test at least) (and I've seen the plural both ways).

      1. Bagel Buddies in Fair Lakes has decent bialys. They also have black and white cookies, but I don't eat them so I can't vouch for them.

        1. I'm very fussy about Black and Whites and have suffered many wannabes ever since leaving New York State over 30 years ago. I finally found B&W's that *I* love - at a "sorta" deli called Bernie's on Rt 123/Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax (just south of the historic/courthouse area). I think they told me someone makes the B&W's for them. Anyhow, they're that perfect blend of cake/cookie - not spongey at all and lots of good flavor with the icing (the chocolate isn't bitter but not way overly sweet) and the icing is creamy, not grainy. They reminded me of the B&W's we'd buy at all those wonderful bakeries in the midHudson Valley and metro NYC.

          3 Replies
          1. re: anova

            What do you all think of the Black and Whites they have at Starbucks sometimes?

            1. re: ivysmom

              They're barely passable, not unlike everything else Starbucks offers: not the best option, but often the only option. A little too spongey for my tastes.

            2. re: anova

              Thanks, anova. I will check them out. Or I'll just go to NY. :)