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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.)

                2. Add to the list of imperfect options Bagels by Us in Arlington.

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                  1. re: jajjguy

                    Where do they get their bagels from now? They used to get them from H&H in New York before H&H went out of business.

                    1. re: kimfair1

                      i have to say that, years later, i still find it very funny that a place named "bagels by us" actually get their bagels from somewhere else.

                      1. re: kimfair1

                        Oh! I don't know. I haven't been there in a while.

                    2. +1 on the Brueggers recommendation. Best you can get in that area.

                      1. Could I convince you to skip the bagels and get donuts from Verna's on Mass. Ave.?

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                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          I agree that a donut from Verna's is far preferable to a bagel from Brueggers. Though, a doughnut from Verna's may in fact be preferable to a donut from... ANYWHERE.

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            Whoops, I meant to say that a donut from Verna's is preferrable to a Bagel from anywhere...

                            Favorite Verna's donuts: chocolate, cake, and (though I generally hate them) Jelly.

                          2. re: Bob Dobalina

                            bd, verna's has old fashioned cake donuts? if so, i'd like to try them ,to see if they can come close to the only amazing donut i've ever had- at the Blue Benn diner in Bennington VT. Might you give me an idea of timing (by when do i likely need to get there? if it's morning, that is unlikely to happen...) Thx much.

                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                              Hi OC - I think they have what you would call old fashioned cake donuts. They are fresh, yeasty, cakey... I am guessing morning is best but honestly I have only ever been in there on weekend mornings. Definitely would like to hear your opinion about the place.

                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                  Today tried the cinnamon, coconut, plain, buttercrunch (all cake donuts). My Love liked them fine; for me they were just like DD. I have no clue why those Blue Benn cake donuts are so stellar in comparison, but for me they are.

                                  oh, just some info: 'old fashioned' cake donuts are made with baking powder/bak soda; the light/airy/spongey 'glazed donuts' are made with yeast.

                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                I went to Verna's just once but was pretty underwhelmed—did I catch them on an off day? I got the chocolate cake donut and it was stale with not much flavor. I guess I'd be willing to try it again but...with such a caloric treat I only really want to get it if I know it's going to be really good.

                                1. re: xerxes_xerxes

                                  Wow, stunned, my all time favorite chocolate donut. Sorry you got a bum donut.