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Bagels in Santa Barbara?

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My husband and I just moved back to SB from NYC. We have yet to find a passable bagel. Can anyone make a good recommendation? We would love to know a good place to grab a quick coffee and a bagel in the morning. I am also asking because I am pregnant and we will be planning a bris for our son. My husband is Jewish and I am not so this is a foreign and kind of stressful event that I will have to pull off 8 short days after I give birth. We will be hosting a small group at our home (10-15 ppl) and will have East Coast Jewish family in attendance who really know their bagels. I was planning to have it catered (or just pick up platters) to keep it simple. I would like to have bagels and cream cheese, lox, white fish, fresh fruit, OJ, coffee, and an assortment of muffins and pastries. Above and beyond just your good run of the mill bagel place, I'd love to get your thoughts on whether there is a place in town that can handle this sort of a request?

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  1. I hear you about bagels. Here is a list of local bakeries, some of which do have bagel in their names. I think Jack's is the most credible and will probably be able to help you out with the rest of your needs. http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

    I LOVE bagels, lox, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes and capers. It is one of those heavenly food combinations I never get tired of eating. Pretty good for a WASP who was only late i life introduced to these treats. But only because someone finally put it all together on a good bagel.

    Mazel Tov. Plus you might want to contact the folks a B'nai B'rith Temple in town because they will know the best sources too. There used to be a Jewish Festival in Oak Park in the summer so there has been a lot of local interest in this ethnic food.

    Renaud's is my favorite bakery for pastries and french baked goods and Jeannine's has a lot of fans for muffins.

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      Thank you! I know I can always count on you glbtrtr for good local recs.

      1. re: glbtrtr

        glbtrtr--on your next trip north*, stop in Pismo at the 4th St exit, in the shopping center along the frontage rd is Broadway Bagel, next to Starbuck's. I think theirs are pretty good, but then I always eat them toasted with butter. mmmmmm. Interested in your thoughts.

        *Try to find time also for a chile relleno at La Placita Mkt in Nipomo, on Orchard @ Division. In the back of the store near the meat counter there is a deli-mex. La major!

        1. re: toodie jane

          You know what the standards are for chile relleno's in North County so if you say it is good to go, I am going!