All my friends who live in the Five Towns area have been telling me for years that Toddy’s bagels are the best. Having lived in Teaneck NJ for high school, I am of the strong opinion that Sammy’s bagels are the best bagels. I realized that I would have to go and try out Toddy’s myself in order to see what all the fuss is about.
In the Five Towns there is no shortage of Bagel places, ranging in all different styles: doughy vs light, expensive vs cheap, small vs big, traditional vs trendy, etc. Toddy’s Bagels is a very expensive and traditional bagel shop with very small bagels. I was warned about this, but it didn’t deter me from wanting to understand the obsession, even though I’m usually a two-bagel guy, which at Toddy’s could come out to $6.00.
Another preconceived notion I walked into the store with was that the employees at Toddy’s would be very rude. There is a book (written by Toddy’s owner Jay Todtman) all about the fact that Toddy’s employees don’t really value customer service whatsoever. I have skimmed through the book and read the many hilarious altercations that have taken place between Jay and his customers. While very entertaining, I worried that I was going to be the next story.
When you walk into the store it’s a very cute place, a couple small tables inside and two outside. You walk up to the counter and they have all the bagels in a display. Besides 2 rainbow bagels that were tucked away on the bottom, they sell very average bagel toppings and flavors. Often bagel places will try to add interesting flavors to bagels to catch the attention of customers. I could tell Toddy’s was not the type of place to play these games. I went to the counter to order a salt bagel with cream cheese and a toasted whole wheat everything bagel.
The man behind the counter was very sweet and didn’t cause any problems. I was worried that getting to the front of the line without yet knowing my order would cause a stir, but the employee who prepared my bagels waited very patiently for me to decide what I wanted. In less than 5 minutes my bagels were ready. I wished the man a nice day and he reciprocated, no funny business and not even a hint of negativity.
The bagels indeed were very small. The slice down the middle wasn’t very even either. The salt on my salt bagel was all on the bottom and nothing on the top (which some might say is my fault for ordering a salt bagel in the first place, but salt bagels are for some reason my favorite). The Bagel itself was excellent.
A perfect balance between doughy and light, heavy but not too heavy, great flavor and not too much cream cheese. The taste of a bagel can be a hard thing to really explain or compare to other bagels, but the bagel I ate from Toddys was a very delicious bagel. I would go as so far to say that their bagels are the best tasting bagels I have ever eaten.
I was a bit hungry afterwards, and the bagel itself had a couple minute issues. I would highly recommend Toddy’s Bagels if you are searching for a very delicious bagel that has captured the hearts of many.
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