Bagels are among the most versatile torus-shaped food. They're good bedaubed in butter, covered with cream cheese, or hung upon a maypole before the opening ceremony of a child's lacrosse tournament. With today's Groupon, $6 gets you a dozen bagels and seven ounces of plain cream cheese at Ize's Deli & Bagelry in Rockville, Maryland (a $12.58 value).
Ize's flavorful bagels are baked fresh daily and come in a variety of flavors. They're prepared Old World-style: kettle broiled, then baked on redwood and burlap in a hearth stone oven. The resulting breadstuff has perfectly crisped skin and a soft, airy inside that's perfectly matched with Ize's handmade cream cheese. You'll have seven ounces of the plain variety to parcel out judiciously among the eager flock, or to pile with abandon on one smug bagel-king.
A dozen bagels is the perfect amount for sharing at a family gathering, correcting the unsteady leg of a wobbly table, or rolling down a 12-grooved slope. Consecutively carb up twelve mornings in a row, or freeze some for later and place them on trolley tracks just in time to stop the slowly spinning wheels of a trolley that has somehow come to life and is saddened by its obsolescence.
Ize's is family owned and operated; the owners (Angie and Lee Greenberg) are always fast and friendly. Answer Ize's daily trivia question correctly (hint: the Coriolis effect) and you'll get two additional bagels free.
- Only you, can curb my dawn carb plight / Only you, can make lush bagels right – Sarah C., Yelp
- Fast and efficient about making my multigrain bagel, toasted with butter. The bagels are great and at the right price. – Danni M., Yelp
- It's refreshing to have some place to go for real bagels!! –Kim H., Yelp
Ize's Deli & Bagelry
Though they sound like names for Paul Bunyan's fists, redwood and burlap are two of the key components for crafting bagels at Ize's Deli & Bagelry. When Angie and Lee Greenberg move their bagels from a broiling kettle to a stone oven, the two materials work to form a pleasantly crispy bagel exterior. Angie and Lee also prepare handmade spreads and cream cheeses to schmear their doughy creations in flavors like strawberry and scallion. This process is a family endeavor—Angie's parents assist in the kitchen to ensure that all bagels are prepared in small, fresh batches.
Guests seated in the cozy dining area reap the benefits of the Greenbergs' lunch and breakfast labors. In addition to their New York–style bagels, the owners serve up omelets, knishes, soups, and deli sandwiches stacked with savory meats. On some of the sandwiches, they swap bread for the venue's namesake: the Empire, for example, features layers of hot roast beef, cheddar, and horseradish mayonnaise on an onion bagel.
Though the staff delights in passing out meals to their countertop customers, they also arrange artful platters for catered events. The gourmet smoked-fish platter nestles lox, whitefish, and tuna salad amid lettuce and imported cheeses, and party servings of bagels and subs accommodate feasting groups.