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Downtown Berkeley Food Ideas

I like Gather's brunch, pizza and vegan charcuterie. Other items have been more of a miss.

about 16 hours ago
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

bagel recs

hi. They get their bagels from, I believe, Kossar's, which are fine but not great.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Enjoyed dinner at Julia's/Berkeley

hi, thanks for the review. do you know if they make their own bread?

bagel recs

brooklyn bagels and coffee? - they're not the chewiest, but they have tremendous flavor in a good bagel kind of way.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

that's two for corner cafe- must be good. i'll give them a shot. thanks

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

great, i'll give them a try.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

Well the most dense and chewiest bagels ive consistently had are from bagel hole, but theyre not large.

I can see what you're saying about ess-a-bagel - i've had a few of those soft and fluffy guys from them - but, 8 times out of 10, they're usually pretty dense. you may want to try Tal's, which I find to be close to ess-a-bagel in chewiness.

as i mention above, there are two places, mill basin cafe and crafted bagels, where I had pretty good bagels from - dense and chewy. but, that was only one experience. i believe crafted bagels opened late last year. i passed by and saw some hasidic jews in there and thought it must be worth a shot!

hope this helps.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

I usually compare places using either a plain, poppy or sesame, depending on what is hot out of the oven. But, I always make exceptions. I'll give the whole wheat everything a try! thanks

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

Perhaps it's a problem of sample size. God knows how many times I ate at ess-a-bagel, but i've tried utopia twice - and both times were so good, I felt compelled to put them in my tier 1. It's difficult for me to go there because i dont have a car, but i'll go by there again to see if my two tries are outliers (consistency is important).

I havent tried Slims or Bagel Club - I'll hit them up soon.

You may be right about the overall quality - but, im a nativeCAer - so, relative to what I got there, the stuff most of these places (sans Murrays!) put out is like manna for the bagel obsessed.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

saw that article. been meaning to try em - will do very soon and report back. thanks.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan
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bagel recs

thanks, will check em out.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

Thanks for the response. I have them in tiers (includes bagel places from the boroughs)

Tier 1:
Ess-a-bagel
Utopia bagel

Tier 2:
Bagel Hole
Bagelworks
Absolute Bagel
(if we include bialys, Kossars go here - if bagels, they go in Tier 4)

Tier 3:
Brooklyn Bagels and Coffee
Black Seed
Zabars
Tal's
La Bagel

I've got two more tiers, but won't bore you with these listings. The place that gets attention that has been consistently below average? - Murray's

There are two places, Mill Basin Bagel Cafe and Crafted Bagels, that could be in tier 2 - but, i need a larger sample size. I'll go back there again to see if my very positive experiences merit tier 2 rankings.

and yes, i have these in an excel spreadsheet. furthermore, i am a nerd.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan
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bagel recs

if dr atkins is also rolling bagels, i'll buy from him too!

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks for the info

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

sounds very promising. thanks!

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks, ill make sure to check it out

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks for the suggestions

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

I'm eating my way through as many bagel shops in manhattan. Below are the places I have hit. Are there any notable bagel places that I'm missing and should try? Thanks in advance.

Ess-a-Bagel
Murray's
Zaro's
Zucker's
Bagel Express
Absolute Bagels
Daniel's Bagels
Kossar
Tompkins Square Bagels
David's Bagels
Tal's
Brooklyn Bagels and Coffee
Bantam Bagels
Bagelworks
Zabars
Fairway
Bagel Talk
Black Seed Bagels
Baz's Bagels
Pick a bagel
Davidovich Bagels
Best Bagel and Coffee
Heavens hot bagel
H&H Bagels
Bagels & Co.
Crafted Bagels

Feb 27, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

House made bagels

"But I'm still mourning "Schmendrick's Bagels"!"

What happened to those guys? I had one of their bagels when they were selling them out of that video store and it was pretty good - but, damn were they expensive!

hot cross buns in CT

it's lent time, which means hot cross buns. can anyone recommend a place or two that sells em? thanks in advance.

How long will you stand in line for food?

what you should do is have him drop you off - you wait in line, he looks for parking. by the time you are at or near the front of the line, he's found a parking spot.

or you can play a game - who gets it first? BBQ or parking?

How long will you stand in line for food?

not long unless i am with people. i intentionally visit places that are notorious for long lines at the hours when the line is likely to be short. i grabbed a cronut in the dead of winter right when Dominique Ansel's bakery was opening for the day. i would rather dip my hand in scalding water than wait in line with a bunch of tourists mid morning during peak NY tourist season.

several years ago, i went to a street food fair in the mission in SF - after enduring an hour in line listening to a bunch of 21 year old yuppies and getting jostled by people walking through in the incredibly small space this fair was set up in - i watched in disbelief as the person literally one spot ahead of me get the last plate of what i was wanting to buy. i told myself then - never again!

Feb 21, 2015
majordanby in General Topics

gourmet/provisions shop for gift?

if youre not looking for a premade basket, you can pick and choose items from the shops at the ferry plaza. i think several of the shops also have predmade baskets.

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.c...

Lent Starts One Week From Today

My perspective with respect to Lent is threefold: (1) give up something you've been meaning to let go for awhile (2) give up something so you can appreciate it more when you start it back up after Lent and/or (3) do something rather than give up something in the spirit of active service

SF Trip 2015

"I really hate this website but have been using it since the 90's."

I really dont like you and I've been your friend this long only because there's no one else around - i sort of just got used to you. Oh, by the way, can you help me with another request?

Solo Dining San Francisco

If you are looking for Mexican, I would go to a taqueria - plenty around the mission area. Not fancy, some not even sit-down. but, great, good value, best you can find in the country, single diner friendly...

La Taqueria, Taqueria CancĂșn, Taqueria San Jose...many others.

Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley

no problem. let us know what you find.

Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley

I believe pizza hacker on mission sells "The Intermezzo salad" as a homage to the (big) salads sold at cafe intermezzo.

http://thepizzahacker.com/

best pizza by the slice

i like their whole pies. their slices not so much for the very reason you cite (reheated).

best pizza by the slice

"nearly all metropolitan areas"

i believe you about ny and nj because i am living near there now.