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Mar 15, 2011 12:30 PM

Any good bagels in NM?

I'm looking for a canonical bagel: kettle-boiled, then baked, with a tough exterior and a thick, chewy interior.

I'm not a fan of Wolfe's in ABQ, their bagels aren't even close to dense enough. If they're boiling before baking, it doesn't show.

NY Deli in Santa Fe was at least half decent, but for the time being, they've started sourcing their "bagels" from Plaza Cafe Bakery, whose product would more accurately be described as "ring shaped bread objects".

Any thoughts? SF or ABQ would be ideal, but I'm all for a weekend road trip...

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  1. Einstein Bros are decent -- for here.
    Don't laugh, the bagels from Smiths aren't bad, toasted with a shmear.

    There is one place that may actual boil them - in Rio Rancho, on 528, next to Smiths'. A bagel store, dont even know the name. It is just south of Southern Blvd.

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    1. re: DebitNM

      Nice, thanks, I'll stop by sometime when I'm down south. I don't totally hate Einstein's either, but they're not exactly a magic portal to H&H either. And unlike the other two, I actually have a Smith's in walking distance, so you totally just made my day.

      It's actually pretty easy to make your own, but it takes a fair amount of time and kitchen space.

      1. re: finlero

        Ok, don't let anyone know, but the Dutch Apple bagels at Einsteinrs are absolutely to die for - you didn't hear it from me. Totally non-traditional, but oh my. They don't even need a schmear . :o)

    2. Random discovery: the Encantado resort north of Santa Fe serves actual H&H bagels. Probably not worth either the drive or the price tag, but darned if that wasn't the best bagel I've had in the state.

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      1. re: finlero

        You can order H&H online. They deliver overnight. Pretty good eats. Got some as a hostess gift from a NYer friend of mine.

        1. re: DebitNM

          Yeah, I had heard about H&H's mail order service at some point before. Obviously a little pricey for everyday, but I'm nonetheless glad it's there.

          Coincidentally, I dropped by The Bagel in Rio Rancho yesterday. Thanks for the tip, Deb, these are unquestionably the best local bagels I've found. Kettle boiled and baked, nice array of flavors, including a genuinely good rendition of an everything bagel, with toppings on both sides of the bagel. And if anyone cares, they also do bialys, which is always nice to see. A dozen costs in the vicinity of six bucks.

          1. re: finlero

            They also have a nice array of Boars Head deli and their spreads are pretty tasty.

            You should have contacted me, would have popped over to join you for a cuppa and a bagel with a schmear. Next time OK?

            1. re: DebitNM

              It's a plan. Yesterday was kind of a last minute thing, had 20 minutes to spare and the light bulb went off over my head.

              1. re: finlero

                I saw that bolt of lightning! LOL

            2. re: finlero

              That does it! It's a long drive for us, but good bagels at $6 a dozen are worth it. I've been through Einsteins, Wolfe, Smiths, Whole Foods, Sunflower and some smaller places I don't remember. None of them gets the crust or the chew right. Some seem like a dinner roll in a doughnut shape.

              Thanks to DebitNM for pointing it out, and finlero for the review.

        2. I made it to The Bagel Deli in Rio Rancho last weekend. We bought a dozen which is actually 15 because they give you 3 extras. The crust is pretty good and the bagel has real chew. They were sold out of some of their choices, so we got sesame, garlic, green chili and jalapeno cheddar. The flavors are a bit light but they're OK. So far these are my favorites in Abq/Rio Rancho. It's a bit far for us to drive, so I expect we'll make big purchases to freeze for later.

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