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Are Spread bagels all that?

wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 02:37 AM

I was in Manhattan last weekend and had the best bagel I've ever had from a shop called Essa Bagel. It was everything a bagel should be - a little crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and hot out of the oven, so no toasting was necessary. Add to that it was HUGE, about the diameter of a saucer

How are the bagels at Spread? Can anyone weigh in on how they stack up?


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    barryg RE: wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 05:35 AM

    They are Montreal style, which is different than NY. That means they are on the smaller side and a little sweet. They are served hot out of the oven so no toasting should be needed.

    I went to Spread when it first opened and wasn't impressed, especially for the price, but since then they had a fire, closed, reopened and lowered prices. I rode by on Sunday and the line was down the block, so I guess they are doing something right, give it a try and let us know.

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      caga tio RE: barryg Nov 8, 2011 09:20 AM

      I think the bagels are definitely better since they reopened.
      I also think they're about as big as I'd want a bagel to be - they are pretty dense and filling after all.

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      lbmsw RE: wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 06:10 AM

      I got a dozen for the office a few weeks ago. Everyone raved about them. I'd go again, but sparingly. I think for the bagels plus one cream cheese, it was $23.00.

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        bluehensfan RE: lbmsw Nov 8, 2011 10:52 AM

        I like them. They are a bit crustier and smaller than your traditional bagel but I think that is why I like them. I do wish they have more of a variety of flavors since they all kind of taste pretty similar.

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        lowereastrittenhouse RE: wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 01:13 PM

        I think it's partly relative: Philly has lacked good bagels, so they're a welcome arrival. They are pricey, so I don't stock up on them regularly.

        Mind you, every time I'm in New York I bring up a dozen bagels to freeze.

        1. coookie RE: wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 03:28 PM

          as others have said, their montreal-style bagels are ... different. if you try to evaluate them according to the standard of the new york bagel (in my mind, H&H with zabar's cream cheese and lox), they will fail. they will fail hard. personally, i don't think of them as bagels, or else i can't get over that. i think of them as sandwiches with holes in the middle.

          so considered broadly as sandwiches, they're certainly tasty. the frittata scramble breakfast sandwich with smoked bacon and amish farm jam is satisfying.

          i would chalk the lines up to the general dearth of to-go breakfast places around 20th and spruce, and maybe some to the novelty of the place.

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            barryg RE: wpstafford Nov 8, 2011 03:37 PM

            btw, if you are looking for a NY bagel fix, Capogiro at 20th & Sansom sells H&H bagels. They come in from NY though, so of course they are not hot. Probably average for NY, but good for these parts. South Street Philly Bagels on 4th St, south of South, are also pretty good. Those are hot, at least in the mornings.

            The best NY-style bagels in there area I've had are Filabagel in Jenkintown, Rollings in Elkins Park, and New York Bagel near City Line. Haven't had the latter two in a while though. Those will definitely satisfy a craving.

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              asmith RE: barryg Nov 8, 2011 07:08 PM

              I can vouch for Rollings in Elkins Park because I get them at Weavers Way Co-op. Best bagels I've had in the Philly area.

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                traceofbasil RE: asmith Nov 9, 2011 07:10 AM

                Ditto on the Rollings bagels. I pick up several at Weavers Way Co-op, freeze them and toast when needed. Perfect crust, chewy and not too big. Love the raisin, whole wheat poppy and sesame varieties.

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                  asmith RE: traceofbasil Nov 9, 2011 06:28 PM

                  They do freeze well. I do the same thing because I don't want to have to drive to get bagels for Sunday breakfast.

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                    Capaneus RE: asmith Nov 10, 2011 09:40 PM

                    Last I checked (a couple of months ago), Max's (sp?) Produce on 20th St carried Rolings, which are far and away my favorite.

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                Delucacheesemonger RE: barryg Nov 8, 2011 10:24 PM

                l can vouch for New York bagel near City Line. Regardless where l have to come from, it is my go to

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                  cheesewit RE: Delucacheesemonger Nov 9, 2011 04:43 AM

                  Just a tip: Original Bagel on West Chester Pike in Broomall is owned and run by the family that originally owned New York Bagel on Haverford Ave. at City Ave. in Overbrook Park. In my opinion, it is better than the current New York Bagel.

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                    phillychower RE: cheesewit Feb 3, 2012 04:03 PM

                    We much prefer Ny bagel to original in broomall ... unfortunate for me as I could walk to original bagel.

                    If you goto original bagel, skip the egg sandwich. Microwaved and disappointing.

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                  CindyJ RE: barryg Nov 9, 2011 05:47 AM

                  Interesting comment about New York Bagel. A couple of weeks ago I used a Groupon coupon for a dozen bagels at their Glen Mills location. I've got to tell you, they were bad. Just plain baaaaad! Bland, tasteless hunks of baked dough that bore no resemblance to any decent bagel I've ever had, whether from NY, PA or anywhere else. I ended up tearing them into chunks and tossing them outside around my bird feeders. I wonder if NY Bagels products vary from one location to another.

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                    barryg RE: CindyJ Nov 9, 2011 06:09 AM

                    It's not the same business as the one on Haverford Ave, just similar names.

                    This the chain with location in Glen Mills (bad)

                    This is the place on Haverford Ave (good):

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                      paychecktoday RE: barryg Nov 9, 2011 06:30 AM

                      If it wasn't for this thread, I would have never known about getting breakfast from NY Bagels. I drive by it every morning not knowing that it was THAT good. I've been going to Katz's Deli in Bala Cynwyd instead, which isn't bad but VERY expensive. I'll try NY tomorrow......

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                        Delucacheesemonger RE: paychecktoday Nov 9, 2011 09:58 AM

                        NY Bagel on Haverford/City Line also has my favorite vegetable cream cheese spread anywhere, They put it into containers when you order it, not having it sit for who knows how long. Get a sesame flat bagel ( flagel ). You may never go back to regular bagels.

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                        CindyJ RE: barryg Nov 9, 2011 11:33 AM

                        Thanks for the clarification. I'm relieved to know they're two entirely different places.

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                      bluehensfan RE: barryg Nov 15, 2011 02:21 PM

                      They have H&H bagels at Hershel's Deli in Reading Terminal too...

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                        caga tio RE: barryg Feb 3, 2012 10:59 AM

                        Capogiro no longer carries H&H bagels. They are now from South St. Bagel.

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