First, a disclaimer. I have eaten out of Fred's bakery for about 55 years, and always thought it was generally better than Beverlywood on Pico.
I know that last year Steve and Sis (Fred's kids) sold the bakery. At first I did not notice significant changes, but then I certainly do not eat bread as I once did.
Then last week I stopped in, bought something for my aunt, got a fruit bar, and talked to one of the counter people. Apparently the old baker is gone. And there are a whole variety of chi-chi breads like the Breadbar which it is not. The fruit bar, which I have loved since I was a boy, was tasteless. I figured odd day.
This week I stopped for bagels for work and was accused of having gone to Noah's. They did look very plump; however, I never go one.
So this afternoon I had a little time and swung by Beverlywood Bakery and Fred's to do a comparison of poppy bagels. Beverlywood was the right size, but was dry and had little flavor. Fred's was fat, tasted like a Noah's bagel. I did this within 20 minutes. I recognize, in fairness to Beverlywood, that 3 pm is not prime bagel time. But it was really the lack of flavor that got me.
Now where to? Any idea for old style, simple bagels like the bagel makers union in NYC used to make that is on the Westside or even downtown. Tomorrow I may swing by Brooklyn and check that out.
I have not checked out the rye and challah.
Your comments and help are appreciated.