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Jul 15, 2011 10:11 AM

Where are the best bagels in the Bucks/Montgomery counties area?

I'm jonesing for some really good bagels. NY style is possible. Anyone have recommendations for the Central Bucks/Central Montgomery counties area?

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  1. I was all set to say Rolings in Elkins Park but I guess that's not "central" Mont Co. or Bucks

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    1. re: Bigley9

      We like the bagels at the Whole Foods in Jenkintown best.

      1. re: Bigley9

        Sad to say, there aren't any. Certainly nothing that compares to H&H, now closing in NYC...a true tragedy, I feel. People don't know the difference anymore between a true water bagel and those rolls shaped like bagels and since the younger generations have never had the real thing, they can't demand it. Showing my age. I just had someone bring me 2 dozen from Murry's in NYC and they are in the freezer.

        1. re: gardens4me

          Re H&H, I do not think the whole chain is closing, only an outlet on the Upper West Side. The one on 46th street is open. That said, I would agree there is nothing like a new york bagel in Philadelphia ..

          1. re: gardens4me

            Capogiro gets fresh H&H bagels daily.

        2. I'm not sure where they come from, but the bagels they have/sell at Ben & Irv's in Huntington Valley are very good (if that's central enough for you).

          Personally, I think Rolings are the best in the area if you're willing to travel a bit further.

          1. I like RJ's in Yardley/Morrisville

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            1. re: gsElsbeth

              On York Road in Warminster/Warwick (not sure where the dividing line is .. ) Bucks County Bagels are not bad. Definitely baked fresh there... maybe not up to NY Bagel standards by any means but a decent bagel.

              +1 for Ben and Irvs. I am curious where they source their bagels, because they go well with their nova or their whitefish salad.

            2. Bagel Barrel, Doylestown.
              If they're making beer bagels, try one.

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                1. re: cwdonald

                  They use River Horse Ale in the baking process, imparting a slightly hoppy aroma and taste. They don't make them every day, so call ahead.

                  1. re: famdoc

                    Was in their this morning.. forgot to ask what they were.. (the owner was there... ). Lox spread was very good.. really wish someone still made cream cheese with green olives... <sigh>>

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      wow..cream cheese with green olives...there used to be a bagel shop in a little shopping center at 73/113 in a wawa....that had the BEST cream cheese with green olives!!! oh my1111

                    2. re: famdoc

                      Famdoc.. spoke to the owner this morning on the way to the office.. here is aquick update on beer bagels. Evidently they used to get "left over" or even "spoiled" beer from River Horse .. this was a few years ago. River Horse later changed their process(I know they changed ownership.. do not know if it coincided with that change). Anyway the beer was used instead of water in the bagels.. and they got it for free from the brewery. River Horse no longer supplies it for free, and Bagel Barrel no longer makes beer bagels.

                2. RJs has fallen off.

                  "Bagel Train" on Main Street in Yardley, Bucks County. Best bagels around!