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Boichik Bagels



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We don’t like relying on superlatives to convey love, but we’ll make an exception: this tiny takeout-only bagel shop on Berkeley's College Avenue makes the best bagels in the Bay. They’re New York-style, plump and chewy, with a perfect crunchy bottom. The usual bagel suspects are here, like poppy, garlic, and cinnamon raisin, and they nail the more interesting hybrids—earthy pumperthingel (pumpernickel and everything), and the salty-sweet eggything. While it’s never a bad move to go for a well-stuffed sandwich filled with lox and vegetables, we prefer things simple. The order: untoasted everything with fluffy chive cream cheese all the way. 

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