Will be back in MI for the Holiday later this week and would LOVE to track down a good bagel. We are sadly lacking that in San Diego where I now lay my head. I will be staying in the Ann Arbor area most of the time, but will also be spending a day in West Bloomfield. Any suggestions? Please no chains as I find their bagels too big, too soft and completely lacking in taste.
To help narrow things down, my ideal bagel is reminiscent of what the Detroit Bagel Co. used to sell when I was a kid growing up in Farmington Hills. The bagels were on the smaller side, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. I still remember buying a dozen warm bagels with my mom at the bagel factory next to KMart on Orchard Lake road. The smell was so amazing, I could never wait until we were home before I had already eaten my first plain or egg bagel. Sadly since that place closed and I moved West, I have not been able to find a great bagel to remind me of my youth.
Yes, I admit that I am high maintenance when it comes to bagels. I lived in Boston for 3 years and never found a satisfactory bagel there either. :)
Any suggestions would be most helpful.