Warfare…and bagels.

To debate bagels in Philadelphia is like knocking the Phillies, i.e., you’re risking warfare.  The city’s residents take a great deal of pride in the breakfast bread and will debate the superiority of theirs over NYC-style with vigor.  Philadelphia’s version in fact more closely resembles those made in Montreal insofar as they’re smaller, slightly sweeter and baked in wood ovens.  The place to go is Spread Bagelry on 20th Street.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first but ultimately impressed.  Get there early as the lines on the weekends are long.  On a recent visit to the store, we bumped into a young couple who moved out of the city and into the suburbs.  Yet, on Christmas morning, they drove into Philadelphia just to visit Spread–that’s how good the bagels are.

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The White Cheddar Boys were groovin’ outside.
© David-Kevin Bryant

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