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We’ve eaten a lot of bagels, and Boichik Bagels in Berkeley makes some of our favorites, ever. They have a satisfying, crunchy crust, and are always perfectly springy on the inside. Yes, they’re smaller, and are slightly more expensive than other places ($3 each) - but they’re worth it. You can also top them with lox and tubs of whipped cream cheese, or whitefish, egg, or salmon salad. Order on their website for pick-up or delivery, or walk up to order.
Boichik Bagels in Berkeley is selling matzo bark (matzo covered in house-made caramel, chocolate, almonds, and sea salt), matzo, and horseradish for Passover. Note that they’ll be closed March 27th to April 6th, so make sure to plan ahead, and pre-order for pick up here.
TV Pairing: Survivor (CBS)
“I know what you’re thinking. Survivor is still on? Yes, the reality competition series just finished its 40th season, and it’s one of the best shows on TV. Nothing is more fascinating than watching strangers battle for $1 million through a glorious clusterf*ck of social, strategic, and physical gameplay - you’ve got iconic blindsides, 11-hour immunity challenges, and Jeff Probst in khakis yelling “Come on in, guys!” every episode, without fail. There’s no way to be a casual fan of Survivor - you either have no idea it exists, or watching it religiously is your most prominent personality trait. Boichik Bagels has a similar cult following (which I’m also a part of). In pre-quarantine times, people lined up on College Ave. at 7am to snag a dozen of their New York-style bagels, which usually sold out within hours. Now, you can pre-order online for pick-up. And since Survivor’s new season just wrapped, you can start your thorough rewatch of seasons 16, 20, or 28 (the best ones) over an everything bagel, lox, and scallion schmear.” -JC
West Coast bagels are having a moment, as NYC partisans reconsider their long-treasured “it’s something in the water” snobbery. Boichik owner Emily Winston started out in true DIY spirit, with a simple cottage-food license, perfecting her dough one batch at a time through a five-year quest. The name - derived from a Yiddish term of endearment for a young man - carries a connotation of gender-fluidity, but if you’re looking for a surer sign of its provenance, Winston set up her brick-and-mortar in the original location of Noah’s Bagels in Berkeley. It was Noah Alper himself who clued her into its availability, and now lines are long as people queue up for cinnamon raisin, sesame, and “pumperthingels.”
Viral bagel article or not, Boichik Bagels is one of the best bagels spots in the Bay, and have been since opening in late 2019. But, thanks to the article, lines now wrap around the block for these petite, perfectly springy New York-style bagels. They’re baked with a satisfyingly crunchy crust, and come in flavors like everything, pumpernickel, or a combination of the two called “pumperthingel.” Walk up to order if you possess extreme levels of patience, or pre-order online.
Bagel Bandana ($10)
Bandanas are great for everyone, including but not limited to: your dog, your friend, or your friend’s dog. And this one from Boichik Bagels is possibly our favorite that we’ve seen, ever. It’s got tiny bagels all over it. We’ve already ordered one for every single person we know.
Ask for a ready-to-freeze pack if you want to stock up on bagels for the next couple of weeks. And mind their new limited hours: 7:30am-2pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Boichik Bagels in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighorhood is offering bagels (and frozen bagel packs), lox and fish in bulk, sandwich kits, and more to-go. Order online for pick-up from Wednesday-Sunday between 7:30am-12pm (or until they sell out).
If yogurt cups or handfuls of granola simply aren’t cutting it anymore, head over to this spot on College Ave. to pick up a kippered salmon sandwich, or bagels and a tub of schmear.
Call 510-858-5189 or order here for pick-up or local delivery ($10 fee) at this bagel spot on College Ave.