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Where to buy bagels and lox for a large party?

jranen Sep 16, 2011 06:27 PM

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?

Thank you.

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    jranen Sep 18, 2011 08:34 PM

    Thanks everyone for the responses. I ended up purchasing a lox platter from Bagel Broker on Beverly and Fairfax. Amazing quality lox and all the fixin's for $11 per person. It was a hit.

    Bagel Broker
    7825 Beverly Blvd 5, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: jranen
      Theo Sep 18, 2011 09:02 PM

      Good news. And their smoked whitefish salad is the best in the city (IMHO)

    2. scottca075 Sep 18, 2011 09:00 AM

      I assume this was for the USC game? I would have just gone to Whole Foods on Fairfax or Gelson's on Hyperion and the SC crowd would have been perfectly happy.

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      1. re: scottca075
        Theo Sep 18, 2011 06:56 PM

        Granted this is after the fact, but we host an annual lox and bagel fest every New Year's Day (for around 50 guests) and the slabs from Costco are surprisingly good and well received. In fact they recently changed their packaging from a single 1.5lb slab to two in roughly half portions which means not all of it has to be opened at once. They also sell 3lb tubs of Philly cream cheese that are perfect. I get the bagels from Noah's and fax them the order a week in advance so they are all prepared.

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        BSW6490 Sep 17, 2011 11:22 AM

        The Nosh in BH has the best bagels in town. If cost is a factor, Costco is the best for lox,

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          ExtraCheesePlease Sep 16, 2011 09:02 PM

          Bagel Broker on Beverly just one block east of Fairfax is my all time fav LA bagel joint. If you do go there, make sure to get extra Jalapeno Cheddar bagels. Delish.

          Bagel Broker
          7825 Beverly Blvd 5, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: ExtraCheesePlease
            echoparkdirt Sep 17, 2011 11:02 AM

            Bagel Broker or Bagel Factory for bagels, please.

            Bagel Broker
            7825 Beverly Blvd 5, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Bagel Factory
            3004 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            happybaker Sep 16, 2011 07:38 PM

            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.

            Sorry for the odd typing, but I am answering you, and holding down a hugely sedated, minus 5 teeth cat with one hand and typing with the other...!

            1. perk Sep 16, 2011 07:36 PM

              You're close to Canter's. Obviously....they'd have everything you need.

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              1. re: perk
                chowdercat Sep 18, 2011 12:37 AM

                Agreed. Canter's is the best. Love their matzo ball soup too

                1. re: chowdercat
                  Peripatetic Sep 18, 2011 12:47 AM

                  I would definitely pick Bagel Broker over Canters.

              2. Baron Sep 16, 2011 07:13 PM

                Costco should have everything you need. Good quality, fair prices and fresh.

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                1. re: Baron
                  DrBruin Sep 16, 2011 07:32 PM

                  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/locations.html and it's not bad. The cream cheese is good. I'd still buy lox in bulk at Costco.

                  Check out this link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655763

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                  maudies5 Sep 16, 2011 06:51 PM

                  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.

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