Newer names like Spread, Knead, and pop-up Philly Style Bagels have been snagging a lot of media attention for improving Philadelphia's bagel game lately (and deservedly so), but South Street Philly bagels have been fighting the good fight since the mid-'90s. And as of today, they officially have a second shop: Owners Aaron Wagner and Jonathan Yamini opened the doors to Chestnut Street Philly Bagels at 6:30 a.m. today.
As at the original shop just off South Street, the bagels here are kettle-boiled before being baked, New York-style. Alongside them on the menu are, of course, numerous varieties of cream cheese and smoked fish in whatever quantities your deli-starved heart desires, plus all sorts of sandwiches and other things that could go in or on a bagel. Bagel reubens. Bagel dogs. Pizza bagels. You get the idea.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Chestnut Street Philly Bagels, 1705 Chestnut Street, (215) 299-9920, now open.