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Lox in Pasadena?

ginaemiko Apr 22, 2012 04:18 PM

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. Servorg RE: ginaemiko Apr 22, 2012 04:29 PM

    Try NY Deli http://www.thenewyorkdeli.com/

    1. ChinoWayne RE: ginaemiko Apr 22, 2012 07:57 PM

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


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        wienermobile RE: ChinoWayne Apr 22, 2012 08:06 PM

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

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          ChinoWayne RE: wienermobile Apr 23, 2012 04:32 PM

          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. ipsedixit RE: ginaemiko Apr 22, 2012 08:40 PM

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

        1. Peripatetic RE: ginaemiko Apr 22, 2012 11:48 PM

          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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            happybaker RE: Peripatetic Apr 23, 2012 09:11 AM

            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!

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              WildSwede RE: happybaker Apr 23, 2012 11:04 AM

              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!

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                Clyde RE: WildSwede Apr 23, 2012 11:22 AM

                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. Baron RE: ginaemiko Apr 23, 2012 05:21 AM

            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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              happybaker RE: Baron Apr 23, 2012 09:13 AM

              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!

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                Baron RE: happybaker Apr 23, 2012 11:55 AM

                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.

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                  happybaker RE: Baron Apr 23, 2012 09:12 PM

                  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.

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                BSW6490 RE: Baron Apr 23, 2012 11:19 AM

                Costco is a great value for their wild lox.

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                  wienermobile RE: BSW6490 Apr 23, 2012 11:28 AM

                  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.

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                    wienermobile RE: wienermobile Apr 23, 2012 11:34 AM

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

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                      PHREDDY RE: wienermobile Apr 23, 2012 11:49 AM

                      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....

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                        Clyde RE: PHREDDY Apr 23, 2012 11:53 AM

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

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                          ChinoWayne RE: PHREDDY Apr 23, 2012 12:11 PM

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

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                          Baron RE: wienermobile Apr 23, 2012 11:57 AM

                          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 ,

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                            wienermobile RE: Baron Apr 23, 2012 11:59 AM

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

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                              Baron RE: wienermobile Apr 23, 2012 12:10 PM

                              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.

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                              happybaker RE: Baron Apr 23, 2012 09:14 PM

                              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.

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                                Baron RE: happybaker Apr 24, 2012 04:11 AM

                                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).

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                                  happybaker RE: Baron Apr 24, 2012 09:00 AM

                                  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.

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                                    happybaker RE: Baron Apr 24, 2012 09:01 AM

                                    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!

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                                BSW6490 RE: wienermobile Apr 27, 2012 07:42 PM

                                The whitefish salad is very good.

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                          Jack Flash RE: ginaemiko Apr 23, 2012 12:32 PM

                          Goldstein's bagels (La Canada-Flintridge and Arcadia) are pretty good, IMHO. I also buy bagels from the Bread Man at the farmers' market on Saturday mornings.

                          Others have responded to your fish inquiries. If you like smoked salmon, the fishmonger at the farmers' market (J&P West Coast Seafood) makes a very good version.

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                            Savour RE: Jack Flash Apr 26, 2012 07:32 PM

                            I like Goldsteins too. They're not NY style bagels but they are good.

                          2. WildSwede RE: ginaemiko Apr 24, 2012 11:03 AM

                            Slightly off subject, but the best Lox and bagel plate I have ever had is at Plate 32 in Pasadena. They DEEP FRY THEIR CAPERS!! Yep, deep fried capers. Stunning plate.
                            Here is a link to my original post about it...

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                              paprkutr RE: ginaemiko Apr 26, 2012 07:28 PM

                              As others have said, i know it's not exactly what you want, but the lox at Costco is actually very good. They are now packed in two packages and the lox freezes well. Smart and Final also carries lox, they carry Lasco for about the same price. Brooklyn bagels are good and they will slice them for you for a minimal charge.

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