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February 23, 2010

Delancey Street Bagels

delancey street bagels

Regional specialties can be so cruel.  How can New York have at least 3 reasonable bagel options per block, yet Philly is such a bagel wasteland?

Here are the places I know of that sell bagels in Center City: South Street Philly Bagels (which I always thought was just called Hot Bagels), Manhattan Bagels and Breugger’s Bagels.  There’s also the Bagel Factory on Walnut Steet, but they aren’t open on weekends, which makes them nothing but a cruel tease.  Hot Bagels is my go-to Center City option, but they only have 3 seats, and it’s far enough from my home that, at best, they’re Lukewarm Bagels by the time I get to eat them.

And so, though it is vaguely embarrassing to admit it, my actual bagel place of choice is in the suburbs, land of plenty.  Delancey Street Bagels has it all in spades — plenty of seating, plenty of parking, and plenty of everything on my everything bagel.  And they virtually never run out of my chosen flavors, even when I get there an hour before closing.

And it’s more than just bagels and cream cheese, folks.  Want a sandwich?  Just look for the words “melted marinated string cheese” on their menu.  I prefer the white pizza bagel (shown above), but Meng would trek out there multiple times a week for the tuna melt.  The bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant is so tasty, you won’t even notice it’s turkey bacon.  They even have a nice selection of muffins and cookies, in case you walk in half-starved, and you cannot wait another 3 minutes for your bagel (not that I would know anything about that.)  I also hear that they have very good coffee (which I really would not know anything about, but I trust that Jenn is not trying to trick you or me.)

If Delancey Street opened a Center City location, it would change my whole weekend structure.  Do you have a favorite bagel place in Philly?  You can tell me.  I promise I won’t buy the last everything bagel out from under you.

Delancey Street Bagels
50 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096-2013
(610) 896-8837

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