Starting a new topic since the other one was mostly misinformation and speculation.
Finally got my hands on some yesterday. I prefer plain but there was no choice this time. The salt bagel I ate immediately was fantastic, slight crunch, dense, great chew, excellent flavor.
The ones we ate five hours later had lost their crunch and gotten even chewier, so we toasted them lightly. Still great texture and flavor (except for the gross dehydrated garlic on one of them).
It's kind of ridiculous to have to order in advance and drive to SF just to get a real bagel. Why can't anybody else do this? Maybe with Schmendricks as a role model they will.
Schmendricks is the only bagel I've found locally that's really what I want when I'm craving a bagel. They've only had them in the evening this once and I'm never going to get to SF before noon.
Baron's was the best bagel I've had in the East Bay in a long time, good texture, not as much flavor.
I liked Beauty's but they're a very different style.
The other "bagels" I've had in the East Bay in recent years were just round bread.
Since I'm won't be standing in line for bags of bagels on the weekend, I can go to the pop up on Wednesday and Friday mornings for my coffee and two bagels, Plain is my favorite, too - sometimes they are still warm from the 7:30 am delivery: Fayes Video at 3614-18th Street in San Francisco, just down from Tartine and across the street from Bi Rite. It's the easy way.
They're on hiatus, from their website, http://www.schmendricks.com/, "Schmendricks is going into a period of hibernation as we figure out our next steps. We have outgrown our current production space and the team needs some time to take the business to the next level. Don't forget us..."
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