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Noah’s NY Bagels 1883 Solano Ave./The Alameda. The very first Noah’s store opened in nearby Emeryville. This branch was among the first in what has now become a very large chain. Promising “a taste of old New York,” this shop delivers a bagel that is described by the founder as “crusty outside, chewy inside, tasty and big.” They come in many varieties, including “super onion” and “multi-grain” (my favorites are “everything” and “sesame seed”), and a selection of freshly made cream cheese shmears make the perfect topping. Bagel sandwiches are made to order, and plenty of supporting items and cold drinks are available. Noah says, “Protect your bagels . . . put lox on them!” And that is a great idea!
2020 pandemic update: It is possible to request curbside pick-up outside the store. Credit cards are placed on a tray for service, and hand sanitizer is available at the counter.