Category Bagels

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 […]

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 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.” […]

Bagel Oven, Red Bank

Bagel Oven, Red Bank Armed with a list of three Monmouth County bagel shops, I hit the road on a Saturday morning. The first two stops would be in Red Bank, the last in Middletown. Red Bank is still quiet at 7:45 in the morning. Bagel Oven is centrally located in the downtown area, which […]

Wonder Bagels, Jersey City

JERSEY CITY–A medium-sized bagel shop sits between two streets that come to a “V” in southwest JC. It is just a mile or so west of Manhattan. A lot is happening: a TV, suspended from the ceiling, plays for a steady stream of customers. The faces are diverse in every way; we are, after all, […]

Bagels and Beyond, Yardville

Have you ever been to a yard sale in Yardville? Apparently they are quite common as warmer weather rolls in to replace the cold. Yardville is a part of Hamilton that sits between 195 and Crosswicks Creek, with Rt. 130 bisecting the community. It is a small, quiet town, despite having the Turnpike, 295, and […]

Maidenhead Bagel Co, Lawrenceville

We took the short trip up Rt. 206 to arrive in downtown Lawrenceville and Maidenhead Bagels. Undoubtedly, Maidenhead gets the Lion’s share of bagular glory in Lawrence. Situated not only downtown, but across from the Lawrenceville School and near enough to Rider University, Maidenhead gets a large influx of students, especially on Sunday morning. Carb-y […]