Gotham Bagel (on Main Street, a little north of the State House) just opened up today. Given how lousy the bagel scene is here I had been looking forward to the opening of this shop, which appears to be a small chain.
I popped in this morning and had a plain bagel to test things out. How hard is it to make a real bagel, folks? It must be really hard, because as far as I know, no one in Columbia is doing it. Gotham seems to embrace the "roll with a hole" definition of a bagel, so their bagels are mushy with insubstantial crusts.
Now it would be unfair to make a final judgment on the place based on one visit on their first day, so I will try them again, but I am not very optimistic.
What else is there? The Holey Dough up at Trenholm Plaza was okay, but they are now closed and as far as I can tell their downtown branch is, too (correct me if I'm wrong). Is it really true that the best bet for picking up a dozen bagels in this town is Bruegger's?