Serious Eats: One Damn Good Bagel (Our Best Bites of 2015)

Beauty’s Bagel Shop has been named to the ‘Our Best Bites of 2015’ list by Serious Eats!

ONE DAMN GOOD BAGEL (BEAUTY’S BAGELS; OAKLAND, CA)

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Photo by: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Here’s what J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director for Serious Eats, had to say about our bagels:

“When I moved to San Francisco from New York last year, I knew I’d have to give up on some of the staples I grew up on: the corner slice, New York-style hot dogs, pastrami, and the like. Really great bagels were on that list, too. What I didn’t know back then was that I would end up finding a great bagel shop in the Bay Area—and that it would serve some of the best bagels I’ve had anywhere in the world, including New York. Beauty’s bagels are perfectly sized (that is, not as big as your face) with an intensely blistered, crackly, eggshell-thin crust that reveals a dense, chewy crumb with well-developed flavor. They’re ostensibly Montreal-style in that they’re boiled and then baked in a wood-fired oven. Thankfully, though, they don’t follow the no-salt-in-the-dough mandate that some Montreal bagel shops stick with, nor do they have that Montreal honey sweetness. Sure, their everything bagels are a little sparse on the toppings, but I love the scattering of fennel seed they add. It’s not a traditional flavor, but it works. Like all good bagels, you should order them from the shop and eat them within half an hour. And for the love of god, please don’t toast them.”

View full list of Our Best Bites of 2015.

Top 100 Dishes to Eat in Oakland: Open-Faced Bagel with Lox & Cream Cheese

We are pleased to announce that Beauty’s Bagel Shop has been named to 7×7.com’s The Big Eat Oakland 2015: 100 Dishes to Eat in the Town Before You Die, taking the 47th slot for our Open-Faced Bagel with Lox & Cream Cheese!

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Photo Credit: Yosr Najjar

Check out the full list…
The Big Eat Oakland 2015: 100 Dishes to Eat in the Town Before You Die
By Sarah Medina

Get Your Latkes for Hanukkah!

Get Your Latkes for Hanukkah!

Celebrate the Holidays with our Amazing Latkes, House Made Organic Apple Sauce & Sour Cream.

Order Now! Call 510-788-6098
Order must be placed 24 hour in advance.

Only Available December 5th – December 13th Only
(except Monday 12/7 – We are Closed)

1 Dozen Latkes
12oz House Made Organic Apple Sauce
12oz Sour Cream
Only $24!

(serving size of latkes is 2-3 per person)

Beauty’s Bagel Shop’s Passover Breakfast Dish Recipe

Beauty’s Bagel Shop was featured in the recipe section of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Photo credit: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

Blake Joffe prepares shakshuka, a Passover-suitable dish, in his home kitchen in Oakland as his wife, Amy Remsen, holds their 3-month-old son, Sterling.

Beauty’s Bagel Shop’s Shakshuka is on the menu and served all year long.

View full article by Jessica Battilana, a Bay Area freelance writer here:
Don’t Pass Up This Passover Breakfast Dish

Passover Catering by Beauty’s Bagel Shop

Passover begins on Friday 4/3 this year. We are doing our wood-fired matzoh and some other Pesach favorites for catering. Please find the list below with instructions on how to order and the pickup days and times.

Wood-fired matzoh $11/lb (serves 4-5)
Gefilte fish $8/two 3oz pieces (serves 2)
Chrain $5/4oz jar
Chopped chicken liver $7/8oz or $10/12oz
Charoset $6/8oz or $8.50/12oz (apples, walnuts, red wine & dried figs)
Coconut macaroons $8.50/half dozen or $16/dozen
Chocolate-dipped macaroons $10.50/half dozen or $20/dozen
Matzoh ball soup $24/4 servings
Available with chicken or vegetable broth
Includes 1 quart of broth with carrots, celery & herbs and 4 matzoh balls

Orders may be placed by:
Filling out an order sheet at the shop
E-mailing info@beautysbagelshop.com
Calling the shop (510) 788-6098 (preferably in the afternoon!)

All orders must be placed by 3:00pm on Wednesday 4/1.

Available for pickup on these dates only:
Friday 4/3 (12-3)
Saturday 4/4 (12-3)
Sunday 4/5 (12-3)

Thrillist: Beauty’s Bagel Shop – 12 Most Important Restaurants In Oakland Right Now

Beauty’s Bagel Shop was named by Thrillist to be one of the 12 Most Important Restaurants in Oakland Right Now.

Here’s what East Bay native and travel writer, Andy Murdock, had to say about us…

” Let’s be honest: when it comes to bagels, the Bay Area is behind the curve. One trip to New York or Montreal is enough to make you give up on West Coast bagels. But don’t! Or at least, not until you’ve given Beauty’s a fair doughy shake. Montreal-style bagels are finished in a wood-fired oven here, attracting a long line of beards and plaids basically every weekend. Totally worth the wait though: the hot bagels are fantastic, the smoked trout salad is addictive, the fried chicken bagel sandwich with beet slaw should be a controlled substance, and — these are fightin’ words — the rugelach is better than your mom’s.”

AWOL: 10 Best Sandwiches in San Francisco

AWOL named Beauty’s Bagel Shop’s in the top 10 Best Sandwiches in San Francisco for the Frid Chicken Bagel. Yes, we know we’re in Oakland – We’re that good.

View full list on AWOL

Photo by: Karen Doolittle

MIRANDA LUBY wrote:
So this one technically isn’t in San Francisco but if you’re not willing to train it 15 minutes out of the city for a fried chicken bagel then you shouldn’t be reading a “top 10 sandwiches” list. It’s a wood fired bagel, the fried chicken is organic and oh-so-crispy and it’s accompanied by the creamiest beetroot coleslaw you’ve even stained your outfit with. You’ll find this gem of a bagel shop and the rest of their creative delights (think organic honey and almond butter) in Oakland, San Fran’s hip and trendy little sister city laying in the east of the Bay Area. They say Oakland is to San Fran what Brooklyn is to New York so grow a beard and go with an empty stomach.

Serious Eats – Beauty’s Bagel Shop – Best Cheap Eats in Oakland

Beauty’s Bagel Shop was featured on Serious Eats’ Best Cheap Eats in Oakland: 18 Great Bites Under $5 for the Egg & Cheddar Bagel Sandwich.

View full list on Serious East.

Lauren Sloss wrote:

Beauty’s Montreal-style bagels are a bright spot in an admittedly bleak bagel landscape, and their shop is a nice stop for a delicious, inexpensive breakfast. Go with the egg and cheddar bagel sandwich ($4.50), featuring a folded omelet of tender, freshly cooked eggs laced with molten Clover cheddar cheese, spilling from the bagel’s sides. The eggs are wonderfully buttery, and the bagels themselves are fresh-tasting, nicely chewy, and not too sweet, with burnished crusts and dense coats of toppings.

Egg and cheese is the most meal-like option, but you can find plenty of topping combinations that clock in under $5—hummus plus pickled red onion and avocado would make a fine sandwich, though we’d be hard-pressed to pass up those eggs on a return visit.


Photograph: Maggie Hoffman