House of Bagels
(415) 752-6000 • houseofbagels.com
House of Bagels brought its recipe from Brooklyn to San Francisco in 1962, boiling the bagels in water before baking them on stone (the secret, it seems, of the best bagels!). The shop, which houses a New York-style deli, bakes its breads daily, including challah and rye, as well as its cookies and cragels (love child of a bagel and croissant!).
Beauty’s Bagel Shop
(510) 788-6098 • beautysbagelshop.com
Beauty’s Bagel Shop boasts two locations now in Oakland: downtown and trendy Temescal. It takes inspiration from Montreal, “where bagels are rolled by hand, boiled in honey-sweetened water and baked in a wood-fired oven,” according to the website. Beyond the bagel, Beauty’s menu includes many breakfast and light lunch dishes, including smoked trout salad and organic fried chicken. And exciting news: It now offers catering!
Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels
(650) 329-0700 PALO ALTO
(650) 322-5700 EAST PALO ALTO
Izzy’s, a popular kosher eatery in Palo Alto with an East Palo Alto branch, offers 17 varieties of Brooklyn-style “unassimilated bagels,” according to the website, plus lox, shmears, salads and cookies. It also serves breakfast and lunch, and caters at homes, synagogues and Silicon Valley businesses.
OMG — what a selection of daily fresh bagels! In addition to the usual suspects, there are some unusual varieties: cranberry, chocolate chip, pumpkin, cinnamon sugar and gluten free. The shmears are just as good. Locals also rave about the coffee, breakfast sandwiches and bagel dogs. And one local practically drooled describing the chocolate chip cookies. And there’s a bargain deal: a dozen day-olds for $5!