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Now that WRIT has shut down the bagel shop in Bradlee in Alexandria, VA, where in the world am I going to get a decent bagel besides NY or Chicago?

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  1. Lots of places closer. Bethesda Bagels in DC, Izzie's in Rockville, and I find Breugger's (multiple locations) perfectly acceptable.

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    1. re: Steve

      For a chain bagel joint, Bruegger's is pretty darn good. Way better than Manhattan, Einstein, or Chesapeake. Shame they only have a few locations in the whole DC area.

    2. I keep hearing about this place out in Germantown or some far MoCo suburb. It is called Royal Bagel Bakery. My dentist, who is from the UES, had his office manager bring them in because she lived up there. He claims they are the real deal. The website says the owners are from Lawn Guyland. Way too far to go, though they do have egg bagels, which makes me think that someday I will give it a try.

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        Royal is very good, but I don't think they're better than the places in lower MoCo. Goldberg's is my favorite, but only inches ahead of Bethesda Bagel and Ize's (and Royal).

        1. re: DanielK

          I've been to Goldberg's in Rockville (Cabin John Shopping Center) and Kensington. Both were awful. Huge, soft, fluffy bread-like things in a round shape. I think Bethesda Bagel is OK.

          1. re: Just Visiting

            Huge, fluffy bagels at Goldberg's? Weird - that's definitely not how I would describe them.

            1. re: Just Visiting

              I'm very surprised. I've had Goldberg's numerous times and their bages have never been huge, soft or fluffy.

        2. Goldberg's in Silver Spring.

          1. But MoCO is a hike from Alexandria... ;-(

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            1. re: Msdebbyc

              Yeah but not nearly as far as NYC. Hey, I have to schlep over to Virginia for all kinds of good stuff.

            2. you pick your poisons.... ;-)

              1. Will you honestly be happy with a decent bagel? Because nothing around here will make you think you're on First Ave.

                Having said that, Bagel Buddies in Fair Lakes should satisfy you. The owner is a New Yorker (and a Yankees fan, just a warning in case that might make you lose your appetite). The bagels are acceptable, and there are things like black and white cookies and rugelach in the case too.

                I haven't been to Main Street Bagel Deli in Fairfax in a couple of years, but always enjoyed their bagels. Would like to get a current report on that place.

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                1. re: Bob W

                  I don't think it's changed much, if you've been in the last three-four years. It's still a family-run shop (which I like) with good but not great bagels. They remind me of most non-Einstein's local bagel shops.

                  Variety of homemade cream cheese and deli salad options. Boar's Head meats. Still have a great deal of an egg and cheese bagel sandwich at $2.50 or so. They do pre-cook their eggs and then just nuke them when building the sandwich, which I try to avoid. But it seems hard to find anywhere that *doesn't* do that anymore...

                2. I can now get decent corned beef at Costco, but not good bagels.

                  1. I LOVE Bethesda Bagels. In my opinion they are the best bagels in the DC area (which isn't saying much because in general DC bagels suck but Bethesda Bagels are the real deal).

                    1. I have always thought Brooklyn Bagels in Courthouse are pretty legit.