The sight and smell of fine baked goods hypnotizes teeth into inescapable chomping fits, which is why bagels are no longer used as flotation devices. Sink your fangs without sinking with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a dozen bagels plus a large cream cheese (a $14.20 value) at Western Bagel, which has 11 locations in the San Fernando Valley area.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.
- My favorite is the Everything Bagel and theirs has the requisite garlic, salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and onion. And they somehow get the toppings to stick really well - even after slicing and toasting. – Stephen H., Yelp, Van Nuys location
- The bagels were delicious, and cream cheese is great. – Cliff M., Yelp, Studio City location