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Mar 15, 2013 06:25 AM

Davis Square Bagels

My company is feeling generous and wants to fill the bellies of its employees on a weekly basis.

I'd love some recommendations of the best place to get bagels in the greater Davis Square area.


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  1. There's a bagel place in Teele Square -- it's not great, but probably the best you can get in the area.

    There's also a Bruegger's in Porter.

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    1. re: nyc_to_ma

      It's been a while since I went to the Magnificent Muffin and Bagel Co., but the bagels were pretty generic. I'd go for Bruegger's first.

      1. re: bear

        Magnificent Muffin's bagels I find more bagel-like than Brueggers, though Brueggers possibly a more tasty toroid bread object. The MM ones are properly dense, if nothing special.

      1. Several places around Davis Square (Shaw's, Pemberton Market) carry Iggy's bagels, and their bakery is just down the street by Fresh Pond.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          A perennial Iggy's comment: their "bagels" are quite good, but somehow they are not quite bagels.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            They're definitely a different animal than what you'll find at Bruegger's or Finagle.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Agree exactly with StriperGuy's assessment. My favorite readily available "bagel" in Boston, despite not really being much of a bagel.

            1. I loooove iggy's but i do not like their bagels at all.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I second that. I've never understood the Iggy bagel, which when introduced way back when were said to be their take on Montreal bagels (Mr. and Mrs. Iggy having lived in Montreal before moving to Boston). The result then was the same bagel they make today, which takes the chewiness of a good bagel to an unfortunate extreme. But when I finally went to Montreal and made my way to the legendary St. Viateur bagelry, their bagels were not anything like Iggy's. In fact, I found them rather insubstantial, though preferable to those horrible giant pillow bagels widely sold in Boston. I like Rosenfeld's in Newton and Katz's in Chelsea, but since I'm not often near either, Breugger's is my go-to.

                1. re: katzzz

                  Yah, I was so let down when I went to Montreal. Hit St. Viateur and found them... boring and a bit of a mystery to me in terms of all the fuss.

                  Totally agree with your Boston bagel breakdown.

                  1. re: Parsnipity

                    Love Iggy's, too. Just not the bagels.

                    1. re: katzzz

                      i'm with parsnipity -- i'm a fan of iggy's bagels, though they seem best when you get them from the iggy's outpost over by alewife. i definitely prefer them to rosenfelds, though i recognize they may not be as traditional. (which may possibly be why i like them.)