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Bagels in East Brunswick/Spotswood/Jamesburg area

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Hi, I'm fairly new to the Chowhound boards and I did try a search on this and couldn't find anything. I apologize if I'm repeating a common question. NJ is not my usual area on Chowhound. But I grew up in East Brunswick and my parents still live in the area. They've been bringing me bagels when they come up and visit me in MA because until recently even mediocre bagels from NJ were better than what we could find here. Lately though, both of the places that they've gotten bagels from are baking more and more bread like sandwich rolls with a hole in them. I can get that here. Is there anywhere in the general East Brunswick area that one can get halfway decent bagels that they can go? Since they are usually getting them on the way for a drive to MA they can't go too far afield for them, but might be able to stretch a little further south along route 1 as they often go grocery shopping that way. (Whole Foods)

I see in the thread about best bagels that a place in Red Bank was recommended, but that is probably further than they want to drive just to satisfy my craving. I grew up eating bagels from Brooklyn back in the 60's and 70's, I don't expect to find that type any more, but I just want a little bit of chew and for my bagel to be fully cooked as I prefer not to toast them. It doesn't have to be the world's best bagel, but the ones we got from Manhattan bagel this time might as well have been Kaiser rolls.

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  1. I used to go to Bagel Giant on Lexington Ave. But either it was sold to new owners or the staff has completely changed, and I don't really care to go there now. I usually go to the bagel shop in the Shop Rite plaza in Spotswood.

    1. Have they tried Lox Stock and Deli on Ryders Lane. Not sure what the bagel situation is there, but they carry a lot of other very delicious traditional Jewish breads.

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      1. re: helou

        Never stopped in there. For some reasons the restaurants along that stretch don't entice me despite the fact that I pass them almost every day.

        1. re: ebchower

          You should go.
          We've had delicious meals at Fresco, also in the same Hertiage strip mall. I've been told (and I think it's so) that they are owned by the same people as LouCas in Colonial Village at Parsonge Road and Route 27 in Edison.
          I like Lox Stock and Deli a lot, if you're interested in a traditional Jewish Deli. No, not quite as good as the Brooklyn delis of my youth, but what is? :-) Their extensive takeout is pretty good too, but a little pricey.