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LA Weekly 10 Best LA Bagels

LA Weekly has posted it's 10 Best Los Angeles Bagels
1. Bagel Factory
2. Red Bread
3. Manhattan Bread and Bagel.
Anything you think was left out?

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  1. at #2 Red Breads Poppy Seed Bagel

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    1. wow, do non-national-chain bagels in LA not exist outside of westside/fairfax?

      There's gotta be something else besides Western Bagel.

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      1. re: ns1

        A frustrating list. It's always hard to find a good bagel in LA.

        FWIW, New York Bagel [not mentioned] is a favorite. In the mimi-mall housing SugarFish in Brentwood on San Vicente.

        I wish these places opened earlier so I can buy them in the morning before going to work.

        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

          Awesome white fish salad and they used to make bagel French toast.

          I love this place, though now I prefer brooklyn water bagel more.

              1. re: mc michael

                Yep. Great place to go after a weekend matinee at the Music Center.

          1. I just came back from my hometown of Montreal, and I brought a dozen frozen from St. Viateurs just to remind me how bad our bagels are here.

            But that being said, I still will go to Bagel Factory in Torrance. Their new pretzel bagel (salt) is pretty decent for what it is.

            1. No Larry King?

              Those are seriously the closest I have seen to East Coast bagels.

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              1. re: A5 KOBE

                i like the other brooklyn bagels on beverly blvd better but the marble rye one at king's spot not bad...too bad they don't know how to count up to a dozen, let alone 13...

                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  100% agreed!! I loved their pumpernickel but they don't make them anymore. Now They make a funky version with sesame seeds.

                  The article said they avoided the national chains like Einstein and " (very, very good) Original Brooklyn Water Bagel"

                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                    Not a huge fan of Brooklyn. The closest bagels I've found to my favorite NY bagel (Essa, not H&H) is Bagel Boyz in Santa Clarita. Fluffy boiled bagels with just the right density and chewiness. But goodness gracious I do love the whipped cream cheeses at Bagel Factory.

                  2. Sam's on Larchmont. They have the closest thing to an east coast bagel since I&Joy closed. I wish they were a tad smaller, but they have the right chew and denseness. Bagel Factory is #2.

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                    1. re: LAgirl2

                      I so miss I&Joy. We used to stop at the one in Van Nuys after church every Sunday and take them home. I like the ones from Western and the poppy salt ones from Brooklyn Bagel Bakery. Not crazy about the Bagel Broker's or Goldstein's.

                        1. re: WildSwede

                          The original I & Joy was the La Barbara's of bagels. Reproduced for a few years at the now departed Malibu Bread & Bagel. The best now is Bagel Nosh.

                        2. re: LAgirl2

                          there's one on sunset and fairfax too which is also good...i agree that they are just a bit too big...and the small ones too small....but i'd happy eat a bagel from sams

                        3. Manhattan Beach's Manhattan Bread & Bagel is very good. I love their whole wheat everything bagel.

                          1. Does it really matter?

                            Angelenos don't really eat bagels. Just use them as an excuse for flavored cream cheese, or a vessel for the ubiquitous and misnamed "breakfast sandwich"

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                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              <Angelenos don't really eat bagels>

                              Well, this Angeleno does. Every single Sunday morning…with lox, cream cheese and the whole works.

                              1. re: latindancer

                                I'm with you, but maybe three times a week.

                                1. re: latindancer

                                  Actually, that's what I had for dinner tonite---half an onion bagel from Sam's w/ lox and cream cheese. The only thing that would have made it better (besides getting the lox from some place other than TJ's--although their "nova" is serviceable) would have been some icy cold vodka to go along with it.

                                  1. re: LAgirl2

                                    I prefer the smoked salmon from Costco.

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  Ipse -

                                  Love ya. You're still in line to be one of my cats (free schmaltz! Steak bits! All the tuna juice you can drink!) but I have to disagree - this Angeleno DOES eat bagels.

                                  Maybe it's cuz my dad was from New York but well wrapped quality bagels in the freezer = happiness. Gotta have.

                                  If I have a soup or a meal that needs perking up? A good toasted bagel, buttered. Plus, fresh bagels with cold butter and hot smoked salmon and fresh cracked pepper? Or a bagel with cream cheese (not too much!) lox and red onion or capers? It's how you know it's the weekend.

                                  When I first moved to LA (way before Yelp, I'm dating myself) I did research, then drove to Pico/Robertson with a list of bagel shops/bakeries in my hands. At each place I'd go in, buy a water bagel (the plainest and thus the truest test) step outside and take one bite, no butter or cream cheese, to see how it rated. It was "No. No. Nope. No..." until I got to I n Joy. (BTW, I threw out a lot of bagels until I n Joy.)

                                  So maybe I am way too serious about bagels. But they're important!

                                  1. re: happybaker

                                    <But they're important>

                                    You've got that right :).

                                3. kinda like missing out on being one of the 10 best sailors in the swiss navy.