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Apr 22, 2012 04:18 PM

Lox in Pasadena?

Moved from Weho to Pasadena a year ago, and my poor jewish husband misses the delis in hollywood. Is there anyplace around here to buy decent lox and bagels, preferably not vacuum packed? please don't say einstein bros is the best we can hope for...

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    1. It is my understanding that Brent's (Northridge) delivers everywhere in the greater L.A. area.

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      1. re: ChinoWayne

        Brent's does deliver everywhere in LA but only off their catering menu.

        1. re: wienermobile

          And I'd be tempted to order both a lox and a whitefish tray. I could feed myself and 19 of my closest friends, or just keep it all for me (the fish and bagels will freeze). What's $359.00 when it is spent on good lox and whitefish. ;-)

      2. Not bagels, but if you want lox try Nicole's or Bristol Farms.

        1. I moved from Laurel Canyon to Pasadena three years ago, and miss good bagels, too. About the only good news I can report is that Brooklyn Bagel Bakery is 30 minutes away from Pasadena.

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          1. re: Peripatetic

            And their bagels freeze very well!

            So you can buy a bunch and freeze so that you only make the drive when you really want to. Or go and buy the bags of already frozen - half price. Put them in a cold over (or toaster even) turn on to 350 and when the oven is ready - so are the bagels!

            The honey smoked salmon (hot smoked) from costco is divine - I highly recommend it!

            1. re: happybaker

              I love Brooklyn Bagel Bakery. I slice the bagels in half then put the halves back together, place them in a freezer zipper bag and put in the freezer. Then, when I need a bagel, I pull one out, pop it in the toaster and, viola, the bagel tastes like it was fresh! And you don't need to fight with cutting a frozen or hot bagel!

              1. re: WildSwede

                love those bagels... i would do those bagels and for lox go to fish king. they have two different types of lox. it's in the fish cases, not pre-wrapped. and it's awesome.

          2. Costco is a good source for very good lox at a fair price. It is packaged 1.5 lbs for about $20 as I recall but the flavor and texture is as good as any that I could find. They also carry decent and fresh bagels.

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            1. re: Baron

              Yes to their lox - a great deal, especially for the quality.

              But, at least to my taste, the bagels are a bit bready.

              But yes to the lox! And their smoked whitefish!

              1. re: happybaker

                I agree that Costco's bagels are just not the same as the New York bagels which are now hard to fine. Cosco also has maple or honey smoked salmon (not the lox) which is wonderful on a bagel with cream cheese or just plain or in pasta. Actually more flavorful than the lox and a firmer cooked texture. Don't let the packaging stop you. I've had these products at Bristol Farms and found Costcto products to be much better and considerably lower priced. I also learned that many fine hotels serve Cosco lox at their expensive brunch buffets.

                1. re: Baron

                  Baron -

                  The honey smoked salmon is from a company in Colorado - and I think all the costco's now carry it.


                  I first found it in Ohio, by my mom and it has become a tradition - when I am in town we buy a chunk and eat it any way we want, as often as we want. We totally converted a visiting New Yorker to it.

                  Now that it's in LA as well I am quite happy, and have brought it to many a brunch.

              2. re: Baron

                Costco is a great value for their wild lox.

                1. re: BSW6490

                  I also really recommend Costco's Smoked White Fish Salad, Really good. They don't carry it at every Costco store. I can usually find it at Culver City.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    This is what Costco's White Fish Salad looks like. It's great on bagels too. It's in my refrigerator as we speak.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      The whitefish slald and lox @ Costco is sold under the Blue Hill Bay label. If you look closely at the picture you posted, it says it is from Acme Smoked Fish in Brooklyn, NY...You can go on line and buy direct from them, they will ship it. I actually go to their factory and buy it on Friday mornings, when I am in New York..they are the largest supplier of lox to Costco....

                      1. re: PHREDDY

                        interesting. blue hill bay is at whole foods too. i will look for this smoked whitefish salad next time i'm there.

                        1. re: PHREDDY

                          Are you sure about Acme selling to consumers via the web site? Seems they only sell to consumers on site, Fridays only.

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          I prefer the whole white fish which they carry. The product you show is good enough but has other ingredients. I think mayo....maybe a bit too much ,

                          1. re: Baron

                            Yes mayo is in the White Fish Salad but it is not overwhelming in anyway.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              The whitefish salad is more convenient especially if you don't want to deal with the bones, carcass or head. My wife likes the salad. I like the whole smoked beauty. Very moist and tasty. I've also had fresh and wonderful halibut, clams and shrimp from Coatco. I give credit where credit is due.

                            2. re: Baron

                              Costco's smoked whitefish, on a thick slice of corn rye that's been spread with cold butter and then the whole thing topped with fresh ground pepper? Darn fine eating.

                              1. re: happybaker

                                Why stop there, Happy? Why not throw on a nice slice of red onion and tomato (preferably heirloom). Finding good corn rye is another story; I should also mention that the honey smoked whitefish from Costco is far superior to the PortLock brand which use to take first place (at a steeper price).

                                1. re: Baron

                                  Ah Baron - I prefer it plain!

                                  Red onion and tomato is what you put on a bagel with cream cheese in the summer : )

                                  As for corn rye - have yet to find one that matches the silky sourness of the ones of my youth (baked in giant long loaves and they'd slice off 1/4's or 8ths). But Diamond Bakery's corn rye, sliced thick, can get you through the day.

                                  1. re: Baron

                                    PS - Can't believe I am saying phrases like "My youth."

                                    Maybe I'd feel better if I said "When I was a kid." yes, that's it - when I was a kid!