My Precious … Bagel
The bagel is a beloved food of the Berkshire and there is a precious handful of bagel eateries
To be clear, a bagel is not simply bread shaped like an inner tube. A perfect bagel is doughy, chewy, and flavorful. It is comfort food, according to Bob Climo, co-owner (with wife Karen) of the 20-year-old Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli.
“It’s nostalgic,” he says. “A lot of people grow up on them. They remember having brunch at their grandparents’ house. There’s nothing like a warm bagel.”
The bagel itself is a beloved food of the Berkshire masses. And there is a precious handful of bagel eateries that provide patrons and cafés alike with coveted sesame-flecked, cream-cheese–smothered beauties in a variety of settings.
Bagels, Too in Pittsfield is known for big, doughy offerings of rye and Cajun spice, as well as better-than-decent coffee.
Further north, just across the border in Bennington, Vermont, is the cozy Love a Bagel café that offers a dozen varieties of the hole-y classics as well as some sweet desserts.
Traditionalists will enjoy Knead a Bagel in Lee, with its scrambled-egg sandwich melts and seriously hearty lunch options.
“The thing about here,” says Climo of his Great Barrington bagel shop at 777 Main St., “is that it’s not a five-star restaurant, but everybody—the guy with the two million dollar second home, the guy doing work on that home—has their favorite thing here. It’s a melting pot.”