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Apr 24, 2012 11:08 AM

Bialys in Philly suburbs?

Anyone know where to get bialys either in town or the western suburbs? Can't keep driving to NYC every time I want one...Thanks.

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  1. Wegman's has them. Their quality is dubious.

    1. The Northern suburbs were stop #1 when Philly's Jews moved to the burbs, not the west. There are lots of delis in Jenkintown/Elkins Park that might be a source (though I know more about the demographics than the places themselves - I'm sure someone can direct to to a good place but the Northern suburbs would be a better bet than the western suburbs and are closer than NYC)

      South St. Bagels at 3rd/South makes them. I guess they're ok, but I'm a southerner so I don't really know what the ideal bialy would be - I'd rather have a ham biscuit.

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      1. re: caganer

        I will give it a shot. Appreciate it.

      2. Real bialys are almost non existent in the Philadelphia area. I always bring a few dozen home from Florida. However, I think I remember seeing some realistic looking bialys at the Famous Deli on 4th street. I can't vouch for them but they looked pretty good. Last week, I saw some terrible looking specimens at the Whole Foods in Jenkintown. Good luck in your search.

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        1. re: Red Head

          The products tagged as "bialys" that I saw at WF in Glen Mills bore absolutely no resemblance to a NY bialy.

        2. Actual hand made boiled then baked bagels (as opposed to the bread sold as bagel rolls at a Manhattan Bagel) can be found in Elkins Park at Rolings 7848 Montgomery Ave. around the corner from the old Ashbourne Mkt and the under construction Creekside Co-op. I do not eat bialys, but I would begin my search there.

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          1. re: ken from conshy

            Rolings occasionally has bialys, but they aren't as good as the bagels. Someone at the Creekside farmers market (Sundays right around the corner from Rolings, starting up this weekend) used to bring them sourced forum somewhere in Chalfont, but I think they went out of business. Too bad because they were the real deal. People around here just don't seem to have decent ones.

            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              The weavers way coop has bialys, I think from Rolings, that I think are pretty good.
              I've eaten far more bagels in my life than bialys, though, so I don't claim any expertise here.

              1. re: Bob Loblaw

                Doesn't help now, but the bagel place that used to be open on Lancaster Ave. in Overbrook (can't recall the name ... Brooklyn Bagels? New York Bagels?) used to have excellent bialys. They also had excellent cinnamon raisin bagels (I always felt I was compromising myself as a purist by eating those!)

                1. re: FelafelBoy

                  Actually on Haverford Ave at City Line, last time in had flagels and bialys. IMVHO, best bagels in Phila region.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Wondering what the name of the place is at Haverford Ave. and City Line to which you are referring.

                      1. re: Mawrter

                        NY bagels is in the small strip mall, with the city line deli and a day care center, right next door to the McD on Haverford Ave at City Ave. Very authentic bagels and indifferent staff --just like New York

                        1. re: elmom

                          Indifferent? How so?

                          Harried perhaps, but never indifferent in our experience.

                          Quick tip: go around closing time on weekdays and get a great deal on bags of bagels. Great for freezing.

                        2. re: Mawrter

                          Mmmm salt sticks! A childhood favorite. /drool

              2. Murray's deli in jenkintown and Balacynwood . There is also a ny bagel guy in the building at Rice's flea market in Solebury

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