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Aug 16, 2012 08:01 AM

Bagels on College - [Oakland]

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  1. Everything, chewy, sweet but needed more everything i.e. salt, onion etc. Had only sesame and poppy seed but a good bagel never the less. Will return for more bagels and a sandwich.

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    1. re: wolfe

      I've enjoyed their bagels. I agree the everything needs more goodies. The baker use to make bagels at Sonoma Bagel.
      Sandwiches are really good. Acme bread, good amount of meat and fresh veggies. This is my new go to place for a solid sandwich with in walking distance. Star Grocery and Southie are still at the top but all three have different styles so hard to compare.
      Oh and they have a great oatmeal cookie :)

      1. re: mochimunchie

        Star Grocery makes a good sandwich?! Waddya recommend?

        1. re: escargot3

          It's actually Star Meats which i *think* is an independently operated butcher in the back of Star Grocery (at least you have to pay for everything from them back there and not at the front registers).

          my current fav is the Goodfella - genoa salami, hot coppa, fresh mozzarella, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of mayo

          this review on *elp! has a rundown of all the sandwich choices.

          1. re: drewskiSF

            ditto on the Goodfella. I also like the Fat Albert.

    2. Corned beef and pastrami by the pound steamed and sandwiched on Semifreddi deli rye both very good. Slight improvement on everything bagel with sunflower seeds maybe salt and onion in the future.

      1. Had the Kensington (aka Reuben). The corned beef tasted griddled and somewhat greasy (similar to Wood Tavern's pastrami). Overall, seemed skimpy for $10 with no sides (OK, pickle spear).

        I liked the Everything bagel I tried better. Nice chewy, crisp crust. Inside not quite as chewy. As mentioned, sesame, poppy, and sunflower seeds.

        1. I got two bagels this morning a little at about 7AM. The everything bagel was still slightly warm, and had poppy seeds, sesame seeds, two sunflower seeds, and nothing else. I'm not sure if the sunflower seeds had fallen from another bagel, but I'm glad there were only two of them. The top of the salt bagel was sprinkled with sea salt. I prefer the crunch of chunky kosher salt, but sea salt seems to be the trend around the Bay Area.

          These are competently made and avoid being leaden or tasting like white bread. Both tasted good, but only one of the bagels had a good malty flavor. The crumb collapsed with each bite, and never bounced back. Toasting these would fix that, but as is, the crumb wasn't stiff enough and the crust wasn't crisp enough.

          1. Round poofy bread. Better than Noah's or whatever Boogie Woogie is called now.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Did you try any of their other foods? I'm not inclined to get a bagel there again, but I was considering grabbing a bite since most Rockridge places aren't open so early.

              1. re: hyperbowler

                No, just got one plain round poofy bread with a hole in it.