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"12 Bagels" Frankford and Tollway

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mjtx Mar 5, 2012 12:50 PM

I saw a sign in the Albertson's center on Frankford and the Tollway for a new bagel place called " 12 Bagels" . Has anyone heard anything about this place? It hasn't opened yet.

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    suezq Mar 6, 2012 08:18 AM

    Saw the same sign. Did a google search and found nothing. Guess we'll have to wait til it opens to find out more.

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      jiinie Apr 10, 2012 03:09 PM

      They are doing pre-opening this week.
      My husband went there on Monday and said they are pretty good, very fresh.
      He also said it sure is better than Einstein's, so i'm planning to go there on weekend.

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        mjtx Apr 12, 2012 12:11 PM

        It's interesting that they opened during Passover.

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          twinwillow Apr 12, 2012 05:30 PM

          You don't have to be Jewish to eat bagels!

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        mjtx Apr 16, 2012 06:06 AM

        We stopped by Sunday about 2 but it was closed. there was a man inside reading the paper but the door was locked and when we peeked inside the cases looked empty. There wasn't a sign telling their hours and the man didn't come to the door.

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          suezq Apr 21, 2012 07:20 AM

          Still a mystery. No hours posted on the door. There is a sign that says "Free WiFi" on the window. No signs saying they are open. Tried calling a phone number I found online, but no answer.

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            demigodh Apr 21, 2012 08:34 AM

            I went there yesterday morning. In my opinion, they are not very good. I had a plain bagel, untoasted, with plain cream cheese. It was way too soft throughout.

            Full disclosuer, I lived in NYC and can absolutely appreciate a good NY style bagel (my favorite was Bagel Hole in Park Slope) but still have a preference for Einsteins. 12 Bagels is closer to Einsteins in style so if that's what you want, go for it. They also upset a few customers in front of me because they charge $1 for butter. Be ready for that.

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              mjtx Apr 22, 2012 02:10 PM

              We stopped in the other day and had a bagel. It was still their soft opening so their selection was limited. The bagel was good I asked how much a dozen is and they charge $12.99 for a dozen. Deli News charges $10.99 for a dozen. I didn't see that 12 Bagels bagels were $2 better than Deli News.

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              nomnomTX85 Apr 23, 2012 11:17 AM

              We went a few weekends ago and they were in their soft opening stage with signs explaining that. They leave a display of bagels out in the window, but those aren't the bagels you get because we ordered everything bagels and they were out of those. The bagels were decent, with the cream cheese being less impressive. I wish they had a bigger selection of bagel types as well. The sausage kolache we got were really good, would go back for those alone.

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                demigodh Apr 24, 2012 10:47 AM

                After reading the rest of this thread, I feel I need to re-state my experience. I was trying to be "nice" in my original post and am kinda shocked to see the glowing reviews. Frankly, I thought the bagels were pretty bad. Now, I understand people have different tastes but to compare 12 Bagels to a NY bagel seems to me to be inaccurate. My definition of a good NY bagel includes a hard exterior crust with a dense yet soft interior. Put another way, it would hurt if I threw a NY bagel at you. 12 bagel bagels might as well be a nerf koosh ball (similar to Einsteins, which I totally get if that's your preference in style).

                So i'm thinking either we have different definitions of a NY style bagel or I was there on an off day. Either way, I wanted to clarify my other post.

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                  twinwillow Apr 24, 2012 10:50 AM

                  As an old ex-New Yorker, I'd have to concur with your definition of a "NY bagel".

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                  suezq Apr 24, 2012 11:52 AM

                  After reading some of the more recent positive reviews I decided to give 12 bagels a try. The restaurant itself is ok, pretty non-descript. I found the usual array of bagels with a couple of extra flavors (i.e. jalepeno). There seemed to be only 2 employees, one of whom barely spoke English. The young cashier was pleasant, but niether employee seemed to know what was going on. The menu is pretty limited. There was a sign that said that a number of items were not available during the soft opening. The prices were a bit higher than Einstein's. It took close to ten minutes just to make my sandwich as the sandwich maker had to keep looking at the instructions. The bagel and the sandwichwere ok, although pretty flavorless. I think I'll drive the extra distance to Einstein's in the future.

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                    twinwillow Apr 24, 2012 03:31 PM

                    Sounds like the owner/baker? comes in early, makes the bagels and then leaves the rest to the minimum wage employees to do everything else.
                    -Just my guess.

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                    dickybilly Jun 7, 2012 12:05 PM

                    I'm an born and raised Brooklynite. I agree with the definition of a NY bagel as crusty exterior with a dense yet soft doughy interior. I got to speaking with the manager of the place who said when he opened the native Texans complained that the bagels (which are boiled before baking to make a great crust) were too crusty. He also got complaints that the interior wasn't light enought dough. So he reduced the boil time to reduce the crusty exterior. These aren't true NY bagels, after all Texas water isn't the same as the great NY City water used in making the dough (even though these seem to be premade frozen elsewhere, defrosted and boilded bafore baking).
                    In ay case they're more like Einsteins but a little more doughy. I found the texture variable between bagel types and days purchased.
                    I was told that our N Dallas location is a branch of the NYCity operation. If I lived in NYCity right now I wouldn't purchase their bagels, sorry not my style. Outer crust isn't crusty enough, the interior isn't doughy enough.

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