Food Porn: Bagel Jay’s (Williamsville)

Back in December 2010, I visited Bagel Jay’s North Buffalo location and wasn’t exactly thrilled with the results.  The bagels weren’t horrible, but the lack of service and the poor appearance of the location really turned me off.  Since that time I’ve gone from working in Downtown (Allentown) to working out in the Northtowns (Getzville) and I again finding myself working within driving distance from another Bagel Jay’s.  After visiting the Williamsville location several times for lunch, I’ve noticed that not only is their location more visually appealing but their bagels actually taste fresher too.

After going to Bagel Jay’s a couple times in the last week I decided that this location should have it’s own separate article on Buffalo Eats.  I’ve noticed the crowd at the Williamsville location is a bit older; arrive here for a weekday lunch and you’ll feel like a teenager.  On the menu you’ll find their large selection of bagels, sandwiches, a couple soups and Dr Brown sodas.

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On my visit by myself, I decided to try more of their premium cream cheese shmears.  When I bit into the bagels I noticed they were much fresher then what I’ve had before, the exterior had a nice crunch but still had a chewy interior.  I ordered a sesame bagel with their olive pimento shmear (above) and their cinnamon raisin bagel with cinnamon honey shmear (pictured in gallery).  Their olive pimento shmear was alright, growing up in Orchard Park I have fond memories of Bagel Brother’s olive pimento cream cheese.  Since then I’ve been trying to recreate those fond memories and neither Manhattan Bagel nor Bagel Jay’s does it right, something about the ratio of green olive to cream cheese isn’t quite where it needs to be.  The amount of the cream cheese on this particular bagel was a little excessive as well, I ended up scraping off a large amount off the stuff off on my plate.  The cinnamon raisin bagel with cinnamon honey shmear was fantastic and actually tasted like something I’d have for dessert.

On my follow up visit, I brought along my coworker Kristina and we decided to try two different signature sandwiches.  With a couple exceptions, most of the sandwiches come on a bagel of your choosing.  We ordered the Hopkins on a rye bagel and the Downtowner on an everything bagel.  In both cases the bagels and toppings were much better then any of the deli meat that was used.  The Hopkins includes corned beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and sauerkraut; the dressing was tasty but neither the corned beef nor sauerkraut had any flavor (aside from the beef being really salty).  The Downtowner includes rare roast beef, red onion, hot banana peppers and their garlic & herb shmear.  The roast beef was not very “rare” but when compared to the corned beef had a better flavor; my half of the bagel had virtually no hot peppers and overall I was just not impressed.

Bagel Jay’s also offer a couple desserts (the place is only open until 5pm) so if you are thinking about spoiling yourself you can order their chocolate dipped coconut macaroons (pictured in gallery).  Surprisingly delicious, the chocolate was still very soft and melted right away as I bit into the crispy outer shell.  The inside of the macaroon had a great texture and lovely coconut flavor, in retrospect I should have ordered a second.

I probably won’t be ordering any of their sandwiches any time soon but their actual bagels have been really good every time I’ve visited, either on the sandwiches or just on their own.  Sure I would love another local bagel place to create some friendly competition, but this won’t be the last time I’ll be visiting Bagel Jay’s.  The close proximity to my work and affordable prices will have me coming back for a bagel with cream cheese and maybe another macaroon in the future.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Bagel Jay’s (Williamsville)

  1. Emily

    I miss Bagel Brothers too! You did just make me want to go here for some olive pimento cream cheese though…yum.

  2. You were this close and you didn’t invite me? Odd that the olive schmear didn’t live up to the Bros., since Jay is one of half of the previous enterprise. Still, the bagels are the best around that don’t come from my kitchen.

    • Don Burtless

      Maybe I have inflated those memories, but I remember falling in love with the stuff. But their bagels are definitely fantastic.

      Is there a place in the area that I need to try for lunch?

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