Bagels were not mainstream when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s. But my mother’s best friend was Jewish so I was eating bagels long before they were a popular breakfast food. I was also eating noodle kugel and Goodman’s Noodle Soup and potato latkes, in case you’re wondering. But this post is about bagels. Specifically, Zeppy’s Bagels.
This Jewish bakery has been in existence since 1925 and you can read more about it here. I’d never actually been there myself until I had Dale drive me there the other day to take the photos for today’s post because nowadays you can buy Zeppy’s bagels at the grocery store. But, as I said, you couldn’t buy bagels just anywhere when I was a kid. Or, at least, not good bagels. So, on Sunday mornings before church my dad would drive to Randolph and get Zeppy’s bagels. My favorite was onion but I’d settle for egg if the onion bagels were sold out. I liked Temptee Whipped Cream cheese – you know, the one in the pink tub – the best. With lox, please, although that was only on special occasions. And don’t toast it.
And you know what? An onion bagel with lox and cream cheese is still one of my most favorite things for breakfast. So much so that it’s what I requested for breakfast on my wedding day. Both times. Ahem.
And from Zeppy’s, of course.