The bagel, like the circle from which it takes its shape, is a metaphor for life—it literally never ends. Enjoy eternally enticing eats with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of deli fare at The Bagelry in Silver Spring.
Since 1985, The Bagelry has served authentic New York–style bagels to the devoted denizens of Silver Spring. With its outstanding family service, The Bagelry has become a beloved community meeting place. Assuming the reins of a baked-goods dynasty, new owners Steven and Tracy use The Bagelry's time-honored recipes to pay tribute to the first Viennese bagel baker. At The Bagelry, customers are treated like family, and the menu is suited to satisfy all appetites.
A baker's dozen of 13 hot-on-the-inside, crusty-on-the-outside bagels ($9.95)—with 25 varieties ranging from sun-dried tomato to everything—makes a power breakfast that is suitable for seven brides and six brothers. A bagel with a hearty schmear of cream cheese ($2.39) or a pepperoni pizza bagel ($4.99) satiate stomachs with their house-baked freshness. Overstuffed deli sandwiches packed with corned beef, roast beef, turkey breast, pastrami, or salami ($5.99-$6.99) are served on a choice of bagel or bread, and specialty sandwiches such as The Zadey combine corned beef and pastrami with swiss, coleslaw, and 1000 dressing ($7.99) for a lunch worth preserving in amber and reanimating millions of years later. The Bagelry also features fresh pastries, smoked fish, soups, and sweets among its menagerie of edible items.
With Steven and Tracy at the helm, The Bagelry continues to be a beloved treasure of the community thanks to its top-notch service and superior bagel-slinging abilities. Though seating is sparse, the friendly vibe and fast moving lines fill first-time visitors with life-long allegiance, making it a destination worth the trek.
CityVoters named The Bagelry first place in the 2006 Best Breakfast category in Washington, DC, and 94% of 36 Urbanspooners recommend the deli. Fifteen Yelpers give The Bagelry a 4.5-star average, and four Yahoo! Locals give it a rating of five stars.
The word bagel serves as an umbrella term, describing a whole host of flavored doughs, just so long as they have a hole in the middle. The bakers at The Bagelry take full advantage of that potential for variety, pairing more than 25 flavors of bagel with 11 styles of cream cheese. They also top their circular creations with breakfast goodies such as eggs, bacon, and shredded Sunday crossword puzzles. For lunch, they turn to a wider variety of grains to make sandwiches such as the meat-free Yenta with cucumbers and muenster cheese and the Zadey with corned beef and pastrami in thousand island dressing.