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Sep 12, 2012 04:41 AM

Bialy in Philly?

Going to be in Philadelphia Sept.14-18 and haven't had a bialy in 25 years. Anyone know where I can get a bialy in Philly? tanks for your expertise and help-

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  1. You may want to post on the Philly board.

    1. Here is an old thread with the same question. Most places listed are in the suburbs., You might want to check on Famous 4th Deli and Old City Coffee both of which are in the city of Philadelphia. Where will you be staying.

      1. Did not know what a bialy is until now. Here is a photo from the internet (declicious-looking):

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          1. re: borntolovefood

            That doesn't look like the Bialys I've had.
            Not claiming I'm mister i-know-from-Bialys - for all I know that picture is the authentic look - but I'm used to them being less shiny, and flatter, especially in the central depression where the onions go.

            1. re: Bob Loblaw

              Yeah those actually look boiled like a bagel. The big difference between a bialy and a bagel, besides that the bialy has an indentation and the bagel has a hole, is that bialys are not boiled.

          2. Call this place: If they don't have them, they can probably direct you.


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            1. re: lemarais

              They do have bialies though I've never tried them. They sell the bagels from there at Whole Foods too--definitely the South St location, I think at the Callow Hill location--so that may be more convenient if they carry the bialy. Either way, New York or North Jersey is the place for great bialies, not Philly.

              1. re: barryg

                I think South St. Bagel (or whatever it's called) does bialys about as well as the do bagels - which is to say I think they're fine, better than average, much better than any of the bagel chains, but not great. Then again, everything's relative - the best way to learn to appreciate Philly's bagels is to try one in Raleigh or Atlanta (or Europe, for that matter). Philly bagels/bialys may be heaven compared to what the OP has access to on a regular basis.

            2. You can try New York Bagel on Haverford Ave. off of City Line Ave. although they will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Rosh Hashana Holy Days