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Ain't too proud to bagel

Get 'em while they're hot: The folks at Chompie's give us our bagel fix.
Jackie Mercandetti
Get 'em while they're hot: The folks at Chompie's give us our bagel fix.

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Chompie's Deli

3202 E. Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: North Phoenix

New York Bagels 'N Bialys

10320 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Paradise Valley

Karsh's Bakery

5555 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Central Phoenix

DJ's Bagel Cafe

13693 N. Fountain Hills Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Fountain Hills

Back East Bagel Co

1628 E. Southern Ave., #2
Tempe, AZ 85282

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Tempe

Details

Prices (baker's dozen):

Chompie's: $7.29

New York Bagels 'N Bialys: $6.99

Karsh's: $6.25

DJ's Bagel Cafe: $6.77

Back East Bagels: $6.99

Back East Bagels, 1628 East Southern Avenue, Suite 2, Tempe, 480-491-4222.
Like other bagel shop owners, Back East Bagels' Mark Staats name-drops Einstein's in conversation. "I'd be more than happy to have the business of their slowest place," he says, laughing. His charming strip-mall cafe has been around more than 11 years, and he says word of mouth has been the key to his success. No wonder. The plain bagel here is the best-looking in town, a joy to eat on its own. With a shiny, deep tawny surface and a yeasty, doughy middle, it's almost like a fresh soft pretzel. The crust is somewhat thin but sturdy, and when toasted, the result is simultaneously crisp and chewy. Garlic bagels here have a nice amount of topping, too. Really, these taste like good ones from New York, and I'm stunned when Staats tells me he uses a steam-injected oven. While he still has the kettle from the old days, he insists the secret to his bagels isn't in the baking but the dough recipe. "My New York customers love them," he says. "Try 'em and you won't be able to tell the difference."

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