Food Find: BB’s Bagels

posted on July 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

You don’t have to be a New York transplant to bemoan the absence of good bagels in Atlanta. Too leaden. Too soft. Too bland. Settle or go wanting. If you’re up for a bit of a drive, make the pilgrimage to BB’s Bagels and Diner (770 McFarland Parkway, 770-475-1818, in Alpharetta. The trips have become a regular weekend activity for me — there are simply no bagels inside the perimeter that compare to BB’s.

Owners Eddie and Anna Siino run the small diner and bagel shop that has become a favorite amongst in-the-know bagel fiends. Eddie got his start as a baker 30 years ago, and the man knows his bagels. The Siinos, along with a gaggle of friends and family from the New York area, churn out bagels bound to impress even the most jaded aficionados. The bagels are made using an old classic recipe, hand-rolled and kettle-boiled every morning for that quintessential New York shine. The kettle boiling also yields the requisite chewiness no decent bagel is without.

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