It has been so long since I've had an authentic bagel, I can't even remember what they taste like. They should taste as good as Authentic Bagel.
These are the best bagels I've had since moving to California decades ago.
The plain had a nice chewy crust, not so hard as to leave the crowns of your teeth like some bagels. There is a nice dense interior yet still soft and tender.
They have a shop, but I haven't been there. I bought these at Telegraph, a new sausage joint. John said that Authentic Bagel only made 90 daily. I don't know why that is.
The owners, Jason and Mark Scott, are brothers from Boston who according to their website 'were sent to the west coast to give you a real chewy bagel! Boiled never Steamed! Because everything else is just white bread with a hole! California has been missing out on a good New England style bagel. Now you got one!"
Ok bagel purists ... this might rub some Chowhound fur the wrong way ... but there are flavors
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I say deliciousness trumps pure authenticity.
They are just fabulous toasted as well. On the way home, I decided i wanted to get a good smear in honor of the bagels, so I stopped at a respected local bagel shop. As a test I got a plain bagel there. It was like nothing. No competition at all.
Telegrah, the sausage joint, also had some sort of hummus sandwich on the bagels one day.
Telegraph opens at 8 am weekdays and is on Telegraph Avenue at Grand just across the street from Taco Bell. It is a nice stop if on your way to work and you need to pick up a bite for breakfast and coffee. Telegraph also sells Pepple's donuts.
Address and website of Authentic Bagel Company
Address and website of Telegraph ... and try the sausages too