- Neighborhood: University City
- 3602 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-545-0626
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- Cuisine: Jewish
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch
- Price: $$
While debates still rage about whether a Philadelphia-made bagel can ever truly compete with New York standard bearers, it’s undeniable that our city has experienced something of a bagel renaissance in the past few years: newcomers like Knead, Spread, and the Bon Appétit-blessed Philly Style Bagels are doing new and exciting things, some of Philly’s longest-running bakeries that dominated the market for years are still turning out great bagels every morning, and even artisan bakeries are getting in on the action with limited-edition runs one or two days per week.
The next time you’re looking for a lox sandwich, an egg and cheese, or just a classic schmear, turn to one of these solid options.
Spread Bagelry, the Rittenhouse neighborhood Montreal bagel spot has opened its second location, this one at 36th and Chestnut in University City. But this is no reproduction of the original. Instead, there will be a bar in the space as well (the liquor license transfer isn’t complete yet).
Spread Bagelry, famous for it’s “Montreal style” bagels made with organic ingredients, is expanding to a new location in University of Pennsylvania’s retail district at 36th and Chestnut Streets.
Spread, the Philadelphia-based eatery currently located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood at South 20th Street (it’s easy to find: just look for the lines), offers a diverse menu of bagel sandwiches like their wood-oven melts, New York style Pastrami and a bunch of different breakfast sandwiches.
All bagels are made “the Montreal way,” which means hand-rolled and boiled in honey water, then baked in small batches in a wood-fired brick oven. And the stuff Spread puts on the bagels (always made with organic, seasonal, local, farm-fresh ingredients), ain’t too bad either.