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Bagel Pantry, Metuchen & South Plainfield

Bagel Pantry is squarely centered in Middlesex County with locations in the boroughs of South Plainfield and Metuchen. The two shops just five miles apart are tied by a confluence of rail lines, cross roads, and highways, typical of this part of the state. My long running search to find a better bagel in the […]

Bagelmasters, Shrewsbury

“What makes you the bagel masters?,” I wanted to ask even before seeing the shop. Unfortunately, the store was still buzzing with customers at 10:15 AM, and there was little time for such a broad and serious inquiry. Much like Bagel Hut in Aberdeen, Bagelmasters is a New Yawk kinda place. There’s fast-talkers on both […]

Bagel Hut, Aberdeen

On an beautiful, clear Thursday morning in October, NJ Bagelrater paid a visit to Bagel Hut of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is a near-the-shore town in Monmouth County, near the bayshore region (or in it? Correct me, Aberdinians). Bagel hut is tucked away in the corner of a strip mall on the side of Route 25. It’s […]

Golden Bagels, Old Bridge

The search for good bagels in Middlesex continued here, at Golden Bagels in Old Bridge: After a mediocre bagel at Bagel Talk in Old Bridge, our hopes were raised by the unpretentiousness of the store. We should have been more suspicious of a bagel shop that serves gyros. Too much variety can be a bad […]

Bagel Talk, Old Bridge

  Up Route 9, past the numerous bus-stop commuters, bear right onto the local lane for Bagel Talk in Old Bridge. It’s in a strip mall (duh). You walk in, and it’s actually pretty nice inside: clean tiles, granite-looking tables, shiny metal accents on the walls, and Boar’s Head meats. It was 9:15, and felt […]

JT’s Bagel Hut, Forked River

Traveling through the Pine Barrens is one way of reaching JT’s Bagel Hut in Forked River. Driving on County Route 539, there is a point where the pine trees shrink as if with the snap of a finger, and that’s how you know that you’re in the Pines. We pulled in to J.T.’s on a […]

Bagel Station, Red Bank

Next stop: Bagel Station. Cross Route 35, which seems to divide the town pretty evenly in half, and leave the downtown for the quieter side of town. The shop is, of course, right across from the town train station. Although the inside looks much newer than Bagel Oven–almost brand new, a sign announces “Est. 1988.” […]