I know they all suck here. this is a perennial posting topic. Just looking for rays of light, not criticism. Is wholly bagel still around? can't find much of a web presence for them.
Aside from that, is one Central Market better than another for bagels?
7-11 used to make an approachable bagel, anyone had it lately?
Wholly Bagels is still around. They seem to have only a semi active facebook page but no other real web presence. I live north so hard to make it down there. They told me their bagels are sold at a few stores in town, including a small market at the Triangle. I haven't been in to confirm it yet.
Central Market North's bagels are terrible. Entirely unworthy of being sold at CM. Supposedly the store is considering a full remodel and among the items under discussion is making their own bagels. They should just buy bagels from a quality manufacturer like WB or Rockstar.
Wheatsville sells Rockstar bagels, which I think are very good bagels. I think their bakery is now at a coffee shop on Riverside.
It's surprising that Einstein Bagels doesn't seem to get much respect - We're from Philly and are preety happy with their bagels.... Plus they freeze really well....
+1 for Rockstar bagels.
if you go to their website you'll see all of places you can buy them.
the rosemary & salt variety is pretty tasty. I'll occasionally indulge in their bagel dogs, too.. a beast of a peppery course ground sausage and a thin layer of bagel.
got up early and trekked across town for some wholy bagels. got a few of several kinds for a brunch on sunday. they were pretty good.
Not standout by NY standards, but maybe the most legit i've had in town. They were better than the ones brought in from a usually reliable spot in Dallas the day before.
As far as I'm concerned, the texture inside and out was spot on. the shell protected a doughy center, both of which have held up to the toaster oven nicely for dinner on day 2.
my biggest quibble is I'd like them to have a little more taste. The onion and egg had the most distinct tastes for me. Maybe it's a salt issue, but i know nothing of bread.
Service was fast and friendly. Found a few black&whites by the counter imported from the Bronx. They were memorable enough that i'd probably drive back for those alone. Thick cakey cookie and a rich frosting with just the right amount of snap to it.
my total haul of 15 warm bagels and a few cookies was under 20 bucks.
mopac before 10am on sunday morning is a relative pleasure. I even beat the nav system by a couple minutes, maybe the fuzz was still at church.
i'll have to step up the gym visits if this place is going into the rotation, but i think it'll be worth it.
I like wholly bagel, but i really like rockstar bagels better. I had them again about a week ago for the firsat time in about a year, and thought they were a bit denser than wholly bagels. I picked mine up at wheatsville. Of course, there are no black and white cookies, etc.