Well I've read the reviews (from J Gold and in other places) about the transcendent bagels at Brooklyn Bagel Bakery on Beverly near the Alvarado/Rampart area.
I'm from New Jersey where even some of the local grocery stores make good NY bagels (and I went to school in Missouri, where the local grocery bagels were like white bread rings.) So I've experienced both extremes.
I've gone 3 times to BBB and have been underwhelmed each time... but I really want to like them and am not ready to give up on them yet.
What am I missing here? Perhaps it was because I went in the afternoon after the bagels had been sitting around? (Although I must say, a good NY bakery bagel doesn't taste bad even at a day old... the texture becomes only slightly chewier, so this does not give me hope for BBB)
Any tips or tricks on snagging a primo bagel at BBB would be most welcome. My favorite bagels are simple poppyseed, with cream cheese and belly lox (which it seems is only attainable at Barney's Greengrass, per a posting I started several weeks ago).
Please note that this is not a posting requesting other bagel places in LA. I've seen those threads and no need to re-hash them here.