I have become increasingly picky with (of all things) bagels as I get older. I think it happened because I’m discovering what a good bagel* truly is. Well, at least I’m becoming more aware of what I think is a good bagel.
For the past couple of months, I have been craving a good bagel. Supermarket and cafe bagels around me have been… well… yeah. Not cutting it. Admittedly, I haven’t really given a full effort in my search.
Here’s the thing: I want a good everything bagel that doesn’t just serve as a vehicle for schemer, lox, tomato, onion, and capers. Rather, I need a good everything bagel that works in tandem with those other players.
This morning’s came really close to perfect. Solomon’s Delicatessen, in Davis (CA) has been long recommended and on my list. It didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait until they open their downtown location (closer to me). Until then, I may make a weekly trek out there for breakfast, coffee, and a little work.
*Here’s a video that sums up what a “good bagel” should be. My ultimate test is whether the bagel needs to be toasted or not. If it needs to be toasted, it’s just bread, not a bagel.