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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Holey, Noah's, Katz: Where Oh Where Can My Bagel Be?

Posted By on Sun, Sep 9, 2007 at 10:21 PM

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A recent trip home to NYC, with a stop off at the most amazing bagel shop on earth -- Ess-A-Bagel -- made our mouth very, very happy, but it also made our heart very, very sad, because we have yet to find a bagel in San Francisco that comes anywhere close to NYC. And it's not for lack of trying.

First we tried Noah's Bagels, with its sepia-toned NYC nostalgia decor and gimmicky sandwich-centric menu. Pulllease. This place is a crime against good bagels everywhere.

Then came Katz Bagels on 16th Street in the Mission. Given the Jewishy name and giant bagel adorning the storefront, it seemed promising, but alas: not so much.

Finally, we got a tip to check out Holey Bagel in Noe Valley. The place makes a decent bagel, but still doesn't come anywhere near the majesty of a a genuine New York City schmear. The bagels were way too small and not chewy enough.

So, while you feast your eyes on the beautiful Ess-A-Bagel porn above, think hard about a better bagel in San Francisco, and send your favorites our way. Please, we're begging you.

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