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Feb 22, 2006 02:53 PM

Bagels in Dallas

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Ok.. so i just moved to Dallas... it has tons of resteraunts, but everyone says I should get bagels at Kroger... yuck... I moved here from South Fla where we have Mom and Pop Bagels shops everywhere (Einstein's is not a Mom and Pop!... even though most Texans think it is)... Any help???

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  1. s

    Don't know where you are in town, but I like the ones at Bagelstein's up at Coit and Arapaho.

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    1. re: simply_victoria

      Bagelsteins bagels are pretty good. They bake Central Market/Plano's bagels, too. Not sure about Dallas Central Market's bagels.

      1. re: simply_victoria

        Bagelsteins bagels are pretty good, and they also make good bialys. They know what a salt bagel is, too. Bagelsteins makes the bagels carried by Central Market (in Plano, at least...don't know about the Dallas store.)

        1. re: Kirk

          The Dallas location also gets its bagels from Bagelsteins.


        2. re: simply_victoria

          Cindi's on Northaven and Central is really good. They also have great cream cheese. The bagels at Einsteins are okay, but I can't stand that super-whipped sweet cream cheese.

        3. Not a fan of Bagelstein's. I think they get a lot of latitude because of the weak Jewish food scene in Dallas. Say what you will about Einstein's, but for around here, you won't find too many better.

          1. The best bagels I know of are at the Deli News located at Preson and Campbell or at their other location at (I think) Preston and LBJ. They sell H&H Bagels that have been par-baked, shipped from New York, then the baking is completed on premesis.

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            1. re: Benjamin

              I second this notion. You can't go wrong with anything at Deli News, bagels included. The other location is indeed at Preston and LBJ. Bagelstein/HEB CM is another great choice.

              1. re: Jared

                I third the notion - Deli News are by far the best in the Dallas area.


                1. re: bkdoubles

                  I fourth it, Deli News is not NY but is about the best you can do in Dallas and better since they started doing the H & H bagels. The rest taste like biscuits or something. One of my Texas friends tasted her first bagel as an adult in Dallas and said she could make bagels like that at home and does. Anybody can make Texas bagels from bread dough, They like them soft. The Dallas Morning News food writer (before the current one) once dinged Bagelsteins and Deli News for having bagels that were "too chewy", that is why bagels are like they are here.

            2. Like it or not, I have to say that Einstein's has the one of the better bagels you're going to find around here... no question that they're not a Mom and Pop, but there aren't too many other options.

              1. I grew up in the northeast, and my Bronx-raised dad taught me about bagels. When my better half and I visit NYC -- which we usually do twice a year -- our last task is to have the cab that takes us to the airport stop at our favorite places for bagels, smoked fish, home-made cream cheese, etc., so we don't have to suffer airline food on the way home. (Also sometimes a stop at Katz's for some of their transcendent pastrami.)

                The bottom line is that, in my 20+ years in Dallas, you can't get a good bagel. What's presented as a bagel around here is just round bread. I think Dallasites would love real bagels, but I fear that the tough chewiness of an authentic bagel scares off potential bagel-makers, who think we're too wimpy for the real deal.

                It's a shame. I spend a fortune once a year having NYC bagels shipped here (along with smoked salmon, sturgeon, and other fish from Russ & Daughters in NYC), for a party where I treat my friends to some of the best food you can get in this country.

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                1. re: Dallas Alice

                  Couldn't agree more. I grew up in Brooklyn and the best test of a good bagel is the "thud" factor. Drop a bagel on a table and the bigger the thud, the better the bagel.

                  Russ & Daughters is a treasure. I've bought chubs (small smoked whitefish) there and eaten them on the street off the top of a mailbox just before I walk down the block to wolf down a fatty pastrami sandwich at Katz's. Heaven.

                  1. re: Scagnetti

                    Real authentic new york style bagels at New York Bagel and Bakery in Plano (summit and Jupiter) they are a wholesale bagel bakery and the REAL DEAL, cant go wrong.Contact them at 972-509-9190