According to more than a few East Coasters, you’ve never really had a bagel until you’ve had a real Brooklyn bagel. We’re talking about the kind of bagels that are toothy on the outside and doughy on the inside. Well, you don’t necessarily have to take a trip to New York to hunt down a great bagel. You can get one right here in Southern California, and we’re happy to help you navigate this doughy terrain. So allow us to take you on a trip down bagel lane.
The Bagel Broker
Family owned and operated, the Bagel Broker offers a variety of bagels and spreads. These guys know their bagels. They also know spreads and offer a fantastic variety of sweet and salty, so there’s something to please every little palate. Also, you get 2 bagels for free with the purchase of a dozen. Who doesn’t like free?
Parent perk: You can phone in your order in advance and your order will be waiting for you when you arrive. No waiting in line with impatient kids.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
Venture on over to Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and you’ll feel at home. With their super family friendly vibe and their variety of yummy bagels, a trip to Brooklyn is definitely worth the trip. Kids love the fun flavors, from banana nut to strawberry (this bagel is pink, Pinkalicious fans) and cranberry apple to chocolate chip!
Parent perk: The hours. Unlike lots of bagel stores that close mid-afternoon, this one is open 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, 7 days a week. You can satisfy your bagel craving morning, afternoon or night.
Western Bagel definitely has something for everyone. While steeped in tradition, Western Bagel isn’t afraid to jump on the new fangled flavor boat. From classic bagels to bagels with a healthy twist, Western Bagels is sure to satisfy parents and kiddos alike. Also perfect for kids are the bagelettes: snack sized bagels that are perfect for little appetites.
Parent perk: For those days when you can’t imagine ingesting another white flour carb, they also serve up bagels of a healthier variety including The Alternative Bagel, which is nearly fat free and comes in 5 flavors and the Perfect 10, which has only 10 net carbs. Need a pick me up? Coffee comes in yummy flavors like Banana Nut, Chocolate Raspberry, Irish Crème, Hawaiian Hazelnut, Macadamia Nut, Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Nut.
Bagel Factory Inc.
When you walk into Bagel Factory Inc., you’ll feel as if you’re in Brooklyn. They definitely know how to put on the New York charm. And with both bagels and a variety of breads, you’ll definitely get your carb fix. Loaves on offer include Vienna Rolls and an amazing Egg Challah (available on Thursdays and Fridays or by special order).
Parent perk: Getting your caffeine fix by sampling iced coffee made with coffee ice cubes. Icy cold + full strength = pure heaven.
Brooklyn Water Bagels
From broadcast to bagels? That’s right. Former CNN Talk Show Host, Larry King has traded in his suspenders for a Brooklyn Water Bagel uniform serving as Brooklyn Water Bagels’ spokesperson. If Larry King likes this bagel, we were willing to give it a try, and it didn’t disappoint. Brooklyn Water Bagels believes in the legend that New York bagels are delicious because of the local tap water. So, they invented “Brooklynized” water. See if you can taste the difference.
Parent perk: Your bagel comes with a side of entertainment. While you wait for your bagel to get toasted or spread, scoot the kids over to the window to watch the bagels rise, slide into hot ovens, and pop off the pans. Somehow, it never gets old.
Where do you get your bagel fix? And do your kids go sweet or savory for bagels?
— Wanda Ahmadi
Photo credits: Brooklyn Water Bagels images courtesy of Burgers, Dogs, Pizza http://burgersdogspizza.com & Midtown Lunch midtownlunch.com; Western Bagels image courtesy of Western Bagels via westernbagel.com; kid eating bagel image courtesy of mobli.com