Best Bagels - 2008
House of Bagels
Too many so-called bagels sold in San Francisco are more like savory doughnuts: squishy, soft, altogether anemic. But the real chewy N.Y.-style boiled-water bagels are still in fashion at House of Bagels, an unimpressive-looking deli that offers an impressive lineup of food in addition to its baked goods. The bagels are available in many flavors: plain, poppyseed, sesame, onion, cinnamon-raisin, everything, whole-wheat (seeded or plain), corn, garlic, blueberry, salt, rye, pumpernickel, jalapeño, egg, and asiago. House of Bagels also offers addictive rolls in two shapes known as onion flats or onion loaves, as well as a classic onion-nested bialy. It also makes its own flavored cream cheeses: green onion, veggie, garlic and herb, lox and green onion, sun-dried tomato and basil, strawberry, and honey.