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San Rafael--Hilary's Kitchen (House of Bagels) report, sort of

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San Rafael--Hilary's Kitchen (House of Bagels) report, sort of

alfairfax | Oct 18, 2006 04:17 PM

My wife and I gave Hilary's Kitchen a try for dinner last night but found the door locked. For those who did not get original posting on this, try:
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The sign outside still said House of Bagels and the interior was still the lunch counter it had always been. While I peered in through the door, someone asked if we needed help. A familiar face! Are you Hilary? Yes, it was. It turns out that Hilary's Kitchen does not do dinners, only breakfast and lunch. Since Hilary has maintained the bagel business, boiling and baking them fresh each day, she has to get there at 3:30a.m., so no dinner service is planned. Her hold-over business from the bagelry is still good and the lunch business is picking up very slowly, she said.

She is adding lots of shmears and lunch will always have borscht, matzoh-ball soup, beef-barley soup, knishes and more. On behalf of ChowFun Derek, I asked about kasha knishes and smoked sable. The sable she currently is attempting to source, as well as chub; she does have whitefish and is doing a whitefish salad. The knishes, I am sorry to report Derek, she tried but after a few weeks of throwing most of them out, gave up on this one.

When I told Hilary I had been a customer at her Fairfax place, she unlocked the door, asked us in and gave us a couple of brisket knishes to take home. We heated them up and I liked them more than did my wife who found them too heavy for her taste. Certainly the potato/brisket filling was dense (and at least a day old by this time) but I found the dough to be quite fluffy for a knish and enjoyed mine. What I really look forward to is a matzoh-ball soup for lunch; that was her bet dish at the old place when it was only available one day a week.

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