Solly’s Bagelry, Vancouver
I feel like I’ve been deceived. Before discovering Solly’s Bagelry, my bagel experience was pretty much limited to what you get at Tim Horton’s or in a plastic bag from the grocery store. But this family-owned Vancouver institution, operating since the mid-nineties and with three locations, has shown me what a bagel is supposed to be like: they offer hand-rolled ‘Brooklyn-style’ boiled bagels, and the location at Yukon and 7th, along the bike path, has quickly become one of my favourite go-to lunch spots.
The only problem is what to order. There’s only so much bread a person can eat in one sitting, and it’s tough to resist buying e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g: this Jewish bakery and deli has a delicious assortment of baked goods including to-die-for cinnamon rolls, babka (as seen on Seinfeld), cottage cheese muffins, rugoleh, and more.
Instead of a number, I get Joan Rivers. My vegetarian sandwich, with cucumber, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, onion and tomato piled high on a ‘mishmash’ bagel spread thickly with cream cheese, arrives at my table outside on the patio where I sit sipping a mug of coffee in the shade of a fruiting fig tree. Lively jazz tunes play quietly through a speaker. Surrounding my ‘sandwich’ – which, really, is generously proportioned enough to qualify as two – are ripple potato chips and a pickle spear. No room left for even a rugoleh, but I swear, next time I’m trying the babka.
I visited the Solly’s Bagelry located at 368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver.