New York City, famously known as the Big Apple, is famous for a lot of things, none of them being apples. Bagels how ever are a huge part of NYC food culture. Bagels appear continuously on our TV screens. Any avid Sex & The City watcher will remember how Charlotte finally found true love with Harry, their first encounter was due to Harry looking for a bagel. Caroline from Two Broke Girls brought bagels in to her first day at her new office job. My Mum actually learnt about the ancestry of bagels through a Seinfeld episode.
The list of bagel tv appearances is endless, what connects them, is every show is set in NYC. It's funny though, something so iconic to New York City is actually not from New York at all. The first known mention of the bagel dates back to 1610 from a Jewish community in Kraków, Poland. Bagels found their way into American cuisine (more specifically New York City) by way of Polish Jewish migrants pre 1900. The growing demand for bagels resulted in 300 bagel craftsmen coming together in 1907 to form 'The Bagel Bakers Local 338' traders union to preserve the standard and traditional technique used to create bagels and to set safe and fair work conditions for those who made the delicious baked goods by hand.
Maple Cream Cheese & Strawberries. Image via The Beigelry
Regardless of where they come from, if they are iconic to NYC or Timbucktoo, I actually just love bagels and I know I'm not alone. So when I read about two self confessed 'bread nerds' who understand the seriousness of a good bagel, I needed to know more. The Beigelry founders were working a shift together at Bakers Delight when the topic of bagels came up and then the idea of the The Beigelry was born. The bakers hand make their bagels right here in Adelaide, using the traditional methods outlined by 'The Bagel Bakers Local' over a century ago in Manhattan, NYC.
On our first visit, my lunching companion and I had the everything bagel, filled with turkey, cream cheese and cranberry and we also had the blueberry bagel, shmeared with cream cheese. The turkey filled bagel came accompanied by a side serve of pretzels. The bagels were great, kudos to the bakers. Chewy and deep in flavour, complemented perfectly by the fillings.
Since then, I have also tried the dill bagel filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, more traditionally known as a 'lox' bagel.
The Beigelry Menu. Images via The Beigelry Facebook
To wash down your bagel, The Beigelry serve bottomless refill, filtered coffee, they also offer creative beverages from two local Adelaide businesses, 'Two Bit Villains' hand crafted sodas or 'Mischief Brew' cold coffee. I haven't yet tried the Mischief Brew cold coffee, but the Two Bit Villains sodas come with a high recommendation from me. Two Bit Villains sodas are all delicious, we had the apple pie soda with lunch, it actually tastes like apple pie... And has real apple juice in it! No synthetic stuff.
The Beiglry is located in the revamped section of Topham Mall. Shop 19.
There is a bar and seating along the window, but you can get your bagels take away.
If you are in the CBD and appreciate a good bagel or of if you are just looking for something different for lunch then head into the Beigelry. There are so many delicious options you won't be stuck for choice.