One of my first memories of my maternal grandfather is a rainy afternoon when he brought home a bag of fresh bagels and I thought he had purchased doughnuts off the factory line before workers could sweeten and glaze them and I was very upset.
Bagels and I have made up since then. On an early Saturday morning, Drew and I ventured over to the Five Points neighborhood to nosh on some carbs before a workout. Drew ordered a simple egg and cheese combination on an onion bagel. I ordered a cinnamon raisin with vegan cream cheese, which I was delighted to find on the menu. Nothing against you, real cream cheese, but I’m a bit of a lactard. We ordered and paid the friendly folks at the counter and cozied up in the cute lower level dining area, decked out in yellow and blue, to wait for our breakfast.
Rosenberg’s Bagels opened in July of last year to a warm reception. Owner and dreamer Joshua Pollack grew up outside New York City and grew up on the greatness of Katz’s Deli (see: When Harry Met Sally), fostering a deep love of bagels with lox. To replicate the notoriety of East Coast bagels, Joshua replicated the water components of the New York City supply in order to mimic them to perfection. The result is soft, chewy bagels that you can really sink your teeth into.
Drew and I both commented on feeling full but not gross afterward– something that every Colorado bagel place we’ve tried to date has done to our tummies. Could it be the quality ingredients at Rosenberg’s? They have it down to a science. Sorry, Moe’s. It’s not us. It’s you.
The director to whom I report at work (hi, Brian!) is a born and bred Jersey boy. Much as we loved what we ate, Drew and I agreed that he will have to play both judge and jury in deciding whether Rosenberg’s creations are the Real Deal. I plan to take a bag to work soon on a weekday. Friends that live in the neighborhood describe a line out the door at Rosenberg’s on weekend mornings.
Oh, and why is it named Rosenberg’s? Joshua named it after his mother, Karen Rosenberg Pollack. Could this story be more tender? Go get some.