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I've been hoping to find good bagels baked in Berkeley, made
from organic ingredients, to no avail. The Parent's Net
archive's last listing is from 2007 and says nothing about
'organic'. Has anyone seen good organic bagels, baked in
Berkeley? Or nearby?
Berkeley Bowl is now selling organic bagels made by Spot
Bagel. They are delicious!
Haven't tried either of these yet but heard they're both good:
fellow bagel lover
I don't know about baked in Berkeley, but the bakery in
Market Hall in Rockridge just switched to an organic, local
bagel baker. This is a half- hearted recommendation, because
I don't like them much. On the other hand, I'm a wheat bagel
person. Lots of people screw up wheat bagels. So maybe
their white-flour bagels are better...? They're definitely
organic. A sad bagel lover
Check out http://www.spotbagel.com/. I've seen them at the
Berkeley Bowl. I believe it's all organic.
Where have all the good bagels gone? Boogie Woogie Bagel on
Gilman is now Berkeley Bagel and not so good anymore. Can't
abide Noah's fluffy bagels. Where else is out there, especially
between El Cerrito & Berkeley?
NY bagel seeker
If you want NY bagels, just buy NY bagels. I'm quite serious.
We buy them here: https://www.hhbagels.com/Order_Form.htm In
large quantities, they don't cost much more than buying local,
and they keep very well in the freezer.
My Tri-State friend who now lives here (and doesn't like Noah's
either) goes out of her way and drives to 4th Street in
Berkeley. She buys her bagels at Manhatten Bagels there, just
south of the Crate and Barrel outlet.
I love the bagels at Manhattan Bagels on 4th Street, right next
to Crate and Barrel. They are chewy and crisp on the outside. I
agree that Noah's are too bready!
I'm a New Yorker too, and nothing here approaches H&H or the its
ilk, but I like both Manhattan bagels (on 4th Street near the
Crate & Barrel outlet) and Saul's. Neither is fluffy in that
Noah's or supermarket bagel way, although Manhattan bagels have
their better days and their worse days for approaching
fluffiness. Saul's are the densest if that's your criterion.
If you're really desperate, H&H will overnight you two dozen for
$59.95, or more bagels at somewhat decreasing per-bagel prices
(if you buy 144, for instance, your per-bagel price drops to
$1.67, but then you'd have to buy a second freezer to boot)!
We like Manhattan bagels on 4th street in Berkeley. My New York
partner likes them, maybe you will too.
Best bagels in the Bay Area are:
Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels
151 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
manhattan bagel on 4th st
We are always looking for a good source for fresh, NY-style bagels on the weekends
and are at a loss. (We would prefer not to have to buy them in advance from the
Berkeley Bowl.) My husband is an east coast Jew and does not consider Noah's
Bagels to be anything close to authentic -- we want them boiled, not steamed!
When his sister comes to visit us, we are embarassed by the paltry selection. Surely
there are many others in the parents network who agree with us.
a shiksa who wants real bagels
Boogie Woogie Bagle Boy - locations in Alameda, Albany and North
Berkeley; House of Bagels in Alameda; Grand Bakery on Grand Ave,
Oakland; and the bagels they have at the Market Hall Bakery on College
- they all pass our test - boiled, not steamed; chewy, and no silly flavors.
Another Bagel Mom
Boogie Woogie Bagels are the best in the area, I think. I
agree that Noah's are unsatisfactory -- far too puffy. Unfortunately, Boogie Woogie closed its Piedmont Ave. store
(the building was demolished and is being re-built as a much
bigger, multi-biz deal and apparently on the 10-year plan) and
the only store I know of is on Gilman. There may be one in
Alameda, too, but they are both too far for me to go very
often. BUt the bagels are swell.
Try Manhattan Bagel on 4th Street in Berkeley, or Levy's Bagels
sick of Noahs
I totally agree with your husband. We like Manhattan bagels
(Fourth St. in Berkeley) the best. Bagels from Boogie Woogie
Bagel Boy on Gilman are also good.
my husband is from Lawn Gisland and although not Jewish, is extremely
picky about bagels. our hands-down favorite is Katz Bagels in SF
(downtown, 606 Mission btwn 1st & 2nd, or in the Mission district, 3147
16th St. btwn Guerrero and Valencia, both handy to BART, although
downtown is closed on weekends). we liked them so much we had
them at our wedding brunch!
east bay, there is also Manhattan Bagels on Fourth St. in Berkeley. not
as good as Katz's IMHO.
I think the bagels from Boogie Woogie Bagel on Gilman near
Santa Fe next to Toot Sweet are the very, very best (or next
best to my favorite haunt in Manhattan).
The Grand Avenue Bakery, an actual kosher institution, on Grand near the Grand
Lake Theater. They are closed on Saturdays and I think Mondays and for all major
and minor Jewish holidays. Their bagels even taste a little like Moishe's...
I'm afraid I have to say: For true New York bagels, go to New
York. Or at least Chicago or Los Angeles. Alas, I haven't been
able to find a proper dense, chewy bagel here either. I heard
once that not only do true bagels have to boiled (and most aren't
these days), they really need to be made by hand because machines
can't handle the dense dough.
The closest thing I've found so far in the east bay is Boogie
Woogie Bagel Boy on Gilman in Berkeley. I think they're open
Love real bagels too
I couldn't agree more about Noah's--wonder bread with holes, as a
friend of mine describes them. We think the best bagels around
are at Boogie Woogie Bagel Boys (formerly Brothers Bagel).
They have shops on Gilman and in Alameda on Park (on the right
side of the street, a couple of blocks past the corner with the
new Peet's coffee). They also have a shop currently being
rebuilt on Piedmont Ave., but it's been under construction for
some time and I don't know when they plan to reoopen.
About the bagels--chewy on the outside, doughy on the inside.
Yum. They also have a killer whitefish salad....
Midwest Jew married to shiksa bagel lover :)
I love Manhattan Bagels on Fourth Street, next to Crate and Barrel.
Me and my New York friends all agree that the BEST bagel in the
East Bay is Boogie Woogie Bagels on Gilman St. in Berkeley. They
even have bialys and salt bagels. Yummm!! Noah's bagels are just
bread with a hole.
What about Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy. There is one on Gilman in
Berkeley and one I think on Piedmont in Oakland.
I'm in agreement about Noah's Bagels. Ugh.
I like the bagel place on Gilman at Key Route, near Toot Sweets
and the WestBrae Deli. It used to be Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy --
not sure if that's still it's name.
I'm not a bagel expert, but we like the Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy
brand. They are boiled the traditional way. There's a shop on
Gilman in Berkeley. There used to be one on Piedmont Avenue in
Oakland. That space is being rebuilt; I'm hoping they return
there soon, as it is close to our house. In the meantime we do
buy them at the Berkeley Bowl--they freeze quite well.
Don't like Noah's either
definitely boogie woogie bagels. they're on Solano, and in
Alameda (I think on Park) sort of a schlep, but worth it.
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