Where to buy bagels and lox for a large party?
I need to buy a set of bagels, lox, capers, onions, cream cheese, etc. to bring to a tailgating party on Saturday morning. It would also be nice if I could also buy some Jewish pastries.
I live in Larchmont Village, but my normal standby, Sam's Bagels, doesn't do a good job on anything but bagels and I need to slightly class it up for this crowd.
Any recommendations in the mid-city area?
I was at a recent event catered by Factors on Pico. They prepared nice trays with sandwiches and condiments. The food was quite good. They prepared exactly what you are describing, in addition to small sandwiches. All in all, a good job and the food was fresh, tasty and the trays were pretty.
I think the bagels from Costco are from Noah's (the last time I checked) and their large platters of lox have always worked out fine. The one thing Costco doesn't have is decent deli-style cream cheese (not the Philly stuff) but dense, slightly tangy cream cheese.
Panera bagels are decent but I only think they sell lox spread.
I'm not sure how far you're willing to drive but I go to the Torrance location of http://www.bagelfactoryinc.com/locati... and it's not bad. The cream cheese is good. I'd still buy lox in bulk at Costco.
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Is cost a concern? If you have all the money in the world, you can go to greenblatts. Barring that, go to costco, get their lox and the honey smoked salmon (the honey smoked - divine!). Then go to diamond bakery, maybe even calling a day ahead, to get pastries. Beverlywood used to be great but i hear it has changed with the new owners. I haven't had sam's bagels, I get mine at brooklyn bagel - but if you like them, I am sure they are great : )
oh and you can make your own chive cream cheese (like zabar's) very easily.
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