For years, Philadelphia has been a bizarrely unsatisfying city for bagels. I mean, New York is right over there! I could get good bagels in the suburbs – why so hard here?
I used to swing by my parents’ bagel place every time I’d visit for a dozen day old bagels to freeze. Then that place had a fire and closed that location.
I tried the authentic New York bagel place on the edge of the city in an awkward shopping center… and, yes, they were authentic and tasty, but in that way where the crust is so hard it hurts. Those are not my favorite kinds of New York bagels.
Then – a fancipants market opened up near my yoga studio. It’s not the kind of market where you can just go for random groceries, but it’s pretty good as a place to bring all the small, expensive, artisan foodstuffs from around the city to within easy walking distance. The sourced some pretty darn good bagels from South Street, and I considered all my problems solved.
And then – Capogiro, the local gelato chain, started importing H&H bagels from New York. Whee! They’re pretty tasty, too. And only $2 for half a dozen after 5pm.
And now my suburban bagel place has reopened!
And! And! There’s news that in the future there will be a Montreal-style bagelry.
So I think I want to have a Bagel Showdown Brunch in early October or early November. Only savory bagels will be offered, as a matter of principle. Who’d be interested? Let’s talk schedules
- and salt (for the boss fight)
cut into eights or twelfths
- Bagel Bistro
- H&H Bagels from Capogiro
- New York Bagel
- South Street Philly Bagels from Milk and Honey Market
- Spread Bagelry
- plain butter from South Mountain Creamery
- garlic butter
- honey butter
- chipotle butter?
- scallion cheese
- roasted red pepper cream cheese
- parsley and roasted garlic
- olive and almond
Other brunch dishes
eggs to order
collard greens & tomatoes
feel free to bring something (small)
Coffee only if you ask ahead of time
Tea in abundance
Orange Juice (Fairly fresh if I get to either my new tea place or to Earth Cup – otherwise from a carton)
feel free to bring/request cocktails
Note: this meal would be neither vegan nor celiac friendly. It could accommodate vegetarians with advanced warning.