10 Bakeries Turning Out Philly’s Best Bagels

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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.

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Spread Bagelry Opens in University City

Photo by Larry Rosenblum

Spread Bagelry is now open in University City | Photo by Larry Rosenblum

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).

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Spread The Word: Spread Bagelry to Open at UPenn

Spread BagelrySpread 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.

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A Well Rounded Breakfast: Philly’s Best Bagel Based Sandwiches

Spread Bagelry, the Standard | Photo by Jason Varney

Spread Bagelry, the Standard | Photo by Jason Varney

Wanna know if someone has ever spent any time living in New York City? Just take her out for bagels anywhere outside the five boroughs and listen to her go on for days about how no bagels are as good as New York City bagels. But you know what we do have? Some of the best regional variations you’re going to find anywhere (and the exceptional breakfast sandwiches made from them), plus our own booming local bagel scene. Here are six operations that take a backseat to no one.

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Audrina Patridge Slings Cheese Curds In Philly

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Yesterday, NBC’s “1st Look” sent Audrina Patridge (who, near as I can tell, got her food journalism training on MTV’s The Hills) to Philly to spend a day with Rob Mitchell from the Cow and the Curd. Together, they served fried cheese curds to folks at Yards Brewery for one of their Ales Of The Revolution pairing events.

And yeah, there’s video. Because of course there’s video.

Cheese curds, beer and Audrina Patridge, right this way

Six Pack: Where To Get Your Pastrami Fix in Philadelphia

Pastrami is having a bit of a moment. We’re importing it from New York. Its spices are finding their way onto fish and chicken wings. And now we’re celebrating Philadelphia’s pastrami explosion (which, not for nothing, would be a great name for a band) with our first Foobooz Six Pack: Six places to score pastrami from Fairmount to the Reading Terminal Market.

Get That Spicy Crunch with Lemon Hill’s Pastrami-Spiced Chicken Wings

Mitch Prensky came up with the genius idea of coating chicken wings in pastrami spices. Dipped into the Thousand Island dressing, you have a bar snack that’s tough to beat.

Lemon Hill
747 N 25th Street
215-232-2299 

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Hanukkah Happenings Around Town

Looking to celebrate Hanukkah through your stomach? Here are some local spots doing something special for Hanukkah.

Zahav – Every night during Hanukkah Zahav is offering a special $45 per person menu featuring glazed brisket, lattkes and young chicken al Ha’esh.

Spread Bagelry – Spread now serves pastrami direct from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. Spread’s Facebook page highlights some of the ways to experience it at the 20th Street bagel spot.

Supper – Mitch Prensky’s South Street restaurant is offering a $50 per person Hanukkah dinner tonight. Check out Facebook for the whole menu.

Art of Bread by Georges Perrier – Special menu through Hanukkah will feature cheddar cheese bread, Challah bread plain, Challah bread raisin and mini Challah bread.

National Mechanics – Tonight the Old City bar is hosting karaoke and their newsletter suggests this song.

 

Second Chance at First Impression at Spread Bagelry

Spread Bagelry reopened today, three months to the day that a fire closed the three-day old bagel shop. But today they are back making Montreal-style bagels and with more air conditioning, lower prices and a better chimney.

An individual bagel still costs $2 but just about everything else in the store has dropped a couple of dollars. Today we tried The Classic (pictured above) with salmon, Amish Farm cream cheeese, giant wedge of plum tomato, and spring onion. The $9 sandwich would have been $11 on the original menu.

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Quick Bites: Jim’s Steaks Manager Robbed and More News from the Weekend

Jim’s Steaks manager robbed of $30,000 in a bold daytime robbery. [6ABC]

The paper is back down at Spread Bagelry for the first time since they closed because of a fire. A sign in the window promises they will reopen this week.

Phoodie.info tips us off to mysterious postcards for Chinese 10-3 that are popping up across Center City. The cards promise Chinese delivery from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. [Phoodie]

You can now book Bebe’s BBQ catering and tailgate packages. Packages will be available after July, 25th. [@BebesBBQ]

Tell your California friends that Capogiro gelati is now available in 18 Gelson’s Super Markets.

The facade at the forthcoming Twisted Tail on Headhouse Square has gotten a makeover complete with a couple of new signs.

Kiva Lounge, the club above Kokopelli hosted its grand opening this weekend.[PhillyChitChat]

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