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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back in Bagel Country

I know I’ve written about bagels in the northeast before. More than once, in fact. But I have yet to find a real, live, honest-to-goodness bagel outside of the tri-state area (NJ/NY/CT). So, when I’m in Jersey and get the opportunity to eat an amazing bagel, I just have to write about it. HAVE to. I can’t help myself.

This morning my dad picked up bagels at Chester Bagel, one of my favorite bagel haunts. My all-time favorite is H&H Bagel in NYC, but I rarely get a chance to get into the city when I visit. Anyway, when I opened the bag this morning my heart was all a flutter. I know, I’m a little crazy, but these bagels are OH SO GOOD. They are bagels that know how to be bagels.

Here’s a little guide for identifying REAL bagels.

  • The outside is shiny and crispy
  • The inside is moist and chewy
  • The word “bread” never even crosses your mind as you are eating your bagel
  • It is so big you can barely eat the whole thing, but of course you do because you can’t stop yourself
  • ‘Everything’ bagels include garlic, onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt

I think that about covers it! Enough rambling about bagels. Well, until next summer vacation in New Jersey, of course. 😉


  1. Hey! You are only about 30 minutes from me! Fancy that . . .

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    Those do look awesome! Since I have no idea when I’ll ever make it out to NYC or NJ, what would you say are the best bagels out west? I’m sure whatever they are they can’t truly compare, but what’s the best shot we’ve got? Noah’s? Einsteins? Or do those just make you scoff 🙂

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    i get homesick whenever you talk about chester bagels, and when i’m back in good old LV, i ALWAYS get an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. the bagel place in hackettstown isn’t shabby either. i have yet to find anything remotely divine down here in florida. <3

  4. Chester Bagel!! O how I miss going to Chester Bagel after seminary. (Ok – I miss the bagels, not so much the waking up before dawn).

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    Those do look like good bagels. I’m pretty sure they don’t have anything quite so lovely looking here in NC. How sad.

  6. You’re bringing tears to my eyes because bagels are one of the many beloved food items we just left behind in NJ in our recent relocation to Ohio. The only consolation is the thought of all the carbs I won’t be eating!

    By the way, I can’t believe I didn’t bump into you in Chicago. So bummed!

  7. whenever I return from to my childhood home in NY, I bring a big bag of bagels home to CA! There is nothing in CA that even closely resembles a real bagel 🙁

    I have to concur, that H&H on the west side highway is the BEST.

  8. leslie – I do eat einstein’s because that’s my only option, and they’re fine…they just aren’t the same. I need to try Noah’s…but I must admit that even though the name of the stores is “Noah’s NY Bagels”, I’m a bit suspect since the first Noah’s was in Berkeley. 🙂 I have heard they’re good and there’s one not too far from where we live, so I’m definitely going to give it a try…here’s hoping! 🙂

    if you live in silicon valley, there is a bagel place on california ave in palo alto that is actually pretty good…but that’s pretty local so might not help many of you!

  9. Three cheers for NYC area bagels! I live in north Jersey and any time I’ve traveled elsewhere it’s like, “Really? This is what you call a bagel? Huh.” I know a place in Maryland that gets bagels delivered from NYC on a daily basis.

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    The Bagel place in Hackettstown is called Hot Bagels Abroad and it’s phenomenal..I must admit, even better than Chester (although C.B is pretty darn good!) If you are still in town Jane, you should try it..they freeze real nice too!! Enjoy your time in LV! Wish we could’ve met up again. Loved seeing you guys!

  11. My mouth is watering looking at those bagels. Bagesl has to be my #1 favorite breakfast food. 🙂

  12. Wow those bagels look so good!

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