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Bagel Nosh --- the tastiest breakfast at the cheapest price

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Their breakfast specials are pretty good for the price and it's tasty too.

I'm sure many hounds thinks it's dreadful because it just happens to always hit the spot for me.

Maybe because the specials are about $5.69 to $5.95 and served all day:

my favorite sample: two eggs, potatoes, and choice of bacon, with a bagel and cream cheese for $5.95.

One of the only breakfast joints that are half-way decent that I can get out for a ten spot with some change left over for the paper.

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  1. IMO Bagel Nosh makes the best kettle boiled bagel since the original I & Joy.

    1. I really like their corned beef hash. Not the scrapple-like uniform-consistency of canned corned beef (which I still love on its own merits). One of our family's go-to places for breakfast. Nice fresh-squeezed OJ too.

      1. kevin, would it kill you to include locations? I thought you were referring to a place on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills -- turns out it is on Wilshire at 16th in Santa Monica, right?

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              1. re: Servorg

                You are right, the BH spot changed its name a while back to Nosh of Beverly Hills. Anyway, Nosh of Beverly Hills has great kettle boiled bagels.

                1. re: Servorg

                  My apologies all, yes, it's on 17th or 18th and Wilshire in Santa Monica.

                  Not at all to be confused with the one that goes by a different name in Beverly Hills.

                  They are completely different the "nosh" in the name is the only similarity

              2. also, i would presume the bh location is double the price.

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                1. re: kevin

                  Just had an onion bagel with vegetable cream cheese from here last weekend, enjoyed it -- though I'm an onion fanatic so I think it could have been even more onion-y. The seating area was packed at 10 am on a Saturday -- college kids, families, retirees. They're doing a lot of things right, and I agree that the price point is probably one big factor in their success. As much as I am willing to splurge on a $4 pastry here and there, or a $15 breakfast from a fancier "diner", a great & filling bagel with tons of spread for less than $3 is pretty darn awesome. Too bad bagels and pastries are about on the same level as far as health is concerned. Oh well! Eat dessert first, some say. Or just run a few miles a day.

                2. Forgot my pic. Here it is, onion bagel with veggie spread. They have great fresh squeezed orange juice, too.

                  1. Bagel Nosh has always been in the Chowhound top tier, which are: (in no particular order)

                    I & Joy (defunct)
                    Bagel Nosh
                    Bagel Broker
                    Bagel Factory

                    There are those who speak with reverence of the Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, which looks like it should be the kind of place that produces a great bagel, but doesn't.

                    My personal favorite is Sam's, though I will go to Bagel Broker in a pinch because it's convenient for me. I haven't had Bagel Nosh in a long time but I remember having a good experience.

                    Mr Taster

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                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      Once again, Bagel Nosh in Santa Monica is great for the pricey. But you definitely will not fancy nor gourmet dishes here. Just honest to goodness breakfast specials and bustling crowds.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I'm not sure which part of my post you're replying to.

                        I addressed your belief that many Chowhounds think Bagel Nosh is "dreadful". I found this statement odd, since Bagel Nosh is hardly a controversial topic on this board.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Sorry my bad. Not meant for your post.

                          And I made a mistake by stating "pricey" meant "not pricey"

                    2. I always ordered their lox, eggs and onions when I lived in SM. It's good and reasonably priced for what is sometimes a pricey dish.

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                      1. re: PaulF

                        In my opinion, the breakfast specials are way cheap. Not bad for under 6 bucks : two eggs, a couple strips of bacon or sausage, hash browns or tomatoes or cottage cheese, and a bagel and cream cheese.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yeah I think BN is reasonably priced. Their lox eggs and onions cost less then it usually does at other spots.

                      2. One of the best bagel places is NYBD Deli on Wilshire Blvd at about 23rd Street. They boil their bagel, good crust, and nice on the inside. They have onion pletzels(boards) that are hard to fine and they are delicious. They are like the outside of the bagel crust with onions and poppy seeds. Their schmears are good too.

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                        1. re: paprkutr

                          Yeah, that place is pretty good too.

                          And the kicker is they dole out those Sabrett's hot dogs too, which not everywhere serves even though they are supposed to be quite common nowadays.

                        2. When I lived in Sherman Oaks (left LA in '84) my ex and I used to eat at the one in Encino almost every Sunday. Always a line, always good, always a good value. I wonder if it's still there and worth a visit next time I'm town.

                          1. Just tried it for the first time this AM. Had a small dinner party yesterday and was bushed (and somewhat broke after purchasing all the necessary ingredients to make dinner), so my partner and I stopped by here. Partner had the Monte Cristo; I had the breakfast burrito. A very decently priced greasy spoon that hit the spot.

                            Not related to the chow, but it was also nice to see a more diverse crowd then you'll see, well, pretty much anywhere else in Santa Monica. Will definitely be back.

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                            1. re: ilysla

                              The crowd is diverse for Santa Moinca, at least.

                              1. re: ilysla

                                Almost made it yesterday morning as well, but choose to wait for Stella Barra/Rossa to open instead. There's something magical about the breads being baked there. Probably 3x more than the Nosh but... there was Goose beer at 10 A.M.

                                1. re: TonyC

                                  Does Santa Monica branch of Stella Barra/Rossa also now serve breakfast? I haven't been keeping up w/ the expanded menu (since the breakfast menu is relatively new, no?).

                                  I imagine you could get some alcohol at Bagel Nosh that early, but I opted for the OJ (quite good, BTW). I like the NYC vibe of the place.

                                  1. re: ilysla

                                    Yes, pretty new, this summer, I believe, about the same time SB HW opened. Same "breakfast" menu as HW, starts later, at 10PM (as to not rob M Street of breakfast customer?). There was no wait at SB, but M Street was taking a beating as usual.

                                    Menu: http://www.stellabarra.com/wp-content...

                                    The breakfast bakba/morning bun/cinnamon roll is available here as well. It tastes like 1000 calories of sugar, butter and self-loathing. Jeff Mahin's a dough ninja so the sandwich bread bordered magical. Perfectly crusty, gently doughy inside, with a hint of sourdough.

                                    1. re: TonyC

                                      Oh, man. Self-loathing is the worst fucking part.