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I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for decent bagels in or near Northern New Castle County. All we have in the Brandywine Hundred is chain (Einstein/Manhattan/Dunkin - which Mrs. Ruffles, a native Delaweenean, enjoys to my horror) and supermarket bagels.There's no bagel shop that I know of. It would be asking too much to expect something approaching a decent NY-style bagel. I just want something that would at least come close to a bagel rather than the soft, puffed-up "savory donuts" I find everywhere.

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  1. The Fabulous Bagel Boys located in Pike Creek Shopping Center (next to the KMart) used to have decent to good bagels. Not NYC bagels, but better than those found in the supermarket. They have changed ownership in the last year or so, so I am not sure if they are still as good as I remember.

    1. Actually, the Manhattan Bagel on 202 is not bad at all. (To put my response in perspective: I am Jewish, I grew up in a very Jewish area in NJ where we got our bagels from a place called Eli's, and my favorite bagels are from Murray's in Manhattan. Oh, and I think Montreal-style bagels are an abomination. Not to mention cinnamon raisin, blueberry, Einstein Bagels, supermarket bagels, Dunkin Donuts bagels, etc. I don't even like H&H--too puffy.)

      What I find most amusing about that Manhattan Bagel is that it is owned/run by an Indian family. But they make a fine bagel. Go figure!

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      1. re: travelmad478

        I'll second the Manhattan Bagel rec. There used to be a great place on Market St, that boiled them and everything, but they closed down after a year. I'd love to find a place with great bagels AND great lox.

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        Market St Cafe
        315 Market St, Charlestown, MD 21914

        Manhattan Bagels
        310 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180

        1. re: jessicheese

          I don't even maintain a shred of hope for decent lox around here. I have my parents bring it when they come visit. Or my sister, who lives near Russ & Daughters in NY.

          1. re: travelmad478

            Have you tried Wegman's in Downingtown for lox? It's no match for Russ & Daughters (my daughter lives walking distance from there -- lucky her!!!), but it's hand-sliced and pretty darned good.

            1. re: CindyJ

              I don't ever get out to Downingtown so have never been to that Wegman's. We were contemplating going to Victory Brewing's beer fest last Sunday but opted to sit around and watch baseball instead ;-)

        2. re: travelmad478

          Based on your recommendation and bona fides (I grew up in Northern NJ), I'll have to give Manhattan Bagel a try. I had figured that since they and Einstein share the same corporate parent that their bagels would be comparable. (And their website claims that have bialys which I'd have to see to believe.)

          1. re: MrRuffles

            Manhattan Bagel is MUCH better than Einstein, which is basically a round piece of fluffy bread. I didn't know their corporate parent was the same--interesting. The bagels are like apples and oranges (or bagels and donuts!)

            Bialys, I don't know. They may have them, but my dad bakes his own bialys which are stupendous, so I don't eat any other kind. I've tried Kossar's and I don't like those, either.

            1. re: MrRuffles

              I had a lot bagel from Palm-A-Bagel. Haven't been there for months now.
              They have a great variety of very fresh bagels.

              826 E Baltimore Pike, Unit 4
              Kennett Square, PA 19348
              (610) 925-5150

              1. re: neww22DE

                Maybe I'll have to try them again. Their bagels always seemed under-baked to me. I'd have to point to the ones I wanted from those in the case.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Is this the one in the shopping center with Guanardi's and Floga? If so, I've always thought their product was sort of mediocre - about on par with supermarket quality.

                  1. re: danbee1

                    That's the one.

          2. I just saw a Groupon offer this morning for a bagel place close enough to the DE state line to rate a mention here. I didn't even know the place was there until I saw the offer. It's called New York Bagel Café & Deli and it's on the southbound side of Rt. 202, a short distance south of Rt. 1. Does anyone know anything about their bagels? They supposedly sell bialys too. I have never, ever had an authentic bialy outside NYC. I'm curious about theirs.

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            1. re: CindyJ

              It's a chain. There's one in Churchman's Marsh near Home Depot on Rte. 7, and I went in there for lunch a few months ago when I happened to be in the area. I didn't get a bagel--it seems much more of a sandwich place than a bagel place. Their food is not really bagel-centric, and I am wary of a place that does mostly sandwiches plus bagels. Bagels are a specialized food that needs one's full attention, IMO.

              1. re: travelmad478

                I stopped in there for a latte once. Clerk/barista asks someone "what's a latte?" Response was, "It's the same as a cappuccino." I didn't stick around to find out what a bagel was.

                Has anyone tried Newark Deli and Bagels on Main St. in Newark? Had them once and thought they were very good but I'm no expert. However, the coworker who brought them was a NY'er and swore by them.

                1. re: RC51Mike

                  Newark Bagel is actually pretty good.

            2. There is a nice bagel shop in Middletown, DE on Main St (Rt-299) called Sunrise Bagels. I've lived in Northern Monmouth county NJ for 20 years where good bagels are in good supply, but not from Dunkin Donuts or Manhatten Bagel. I just started a new job in DE and have found a couple good bagel shops. The other is in Newark, DE in Suburban Plaza on Elkton Rd (Home Depot and Applebees are the anchor stores). Can't recall the name of this one, because it just opened up, and is a small mom and pop shop, not a chain.