Chestnut Street Philly Bagels- Philadelphia 

Lox Special $10
Sesame & egg bagels with lox, cream cheese, capers, red onion & tomato.

There’s just something about a New York bagel that cannot be beaten, and unfortunately I probably (unknowingly) already had that in the back of my mind when I entered into Chestnut Street Philly Bagels. It was Super Bowl Sunday and kind of a big day for me in the American culture department. Not only was it my first Super Bowl but also my first American Football game AND we were going to watch it in Philadelphia, who’s team (The Eagles) had made it through! We had been kindly invited by my friend Alison and her partner Eric to come watch it with them but we figured we could probably fit in some food and some sightseeing before kickoff.

We made our way to downtown Philly in the pouring rain. I was glad to see that the weather had done nothing to dampen the crowds enthusiasm to roam around proudly in their carefully prepared outfits. The streets were awash literally and figuratively with; green sweaters, green scarves, green pants, green coats, green ever-a-thang. (That’s a Katt Williams reference for those who don’t know)

Chestnut Street Philly Bagels was Eric’s suggestion for his favourite bagels in the city and I honestly feel terrible saying that I wasn’t that impressed. I feel really awful writing that because Eric is such a great guy and possess that unwavering passion for his city that only American’s seem to have. But, I have to be honest. Sorry Eric, they just weren’t that great. The bagel itself was good, the salmon was delicious but a little too much cream cheese for my taste. I blame it on the excitement of getting home to watch the Super Bowl. 

After doing some research it seems that CSPB is the offspring of South St Philly Bagels which opened for business in 1996. Aaron Wagner & Jonathan (the owners of CSPB) worked there during their teenage years for Aaron’s father. After some years they eventually made it a joint ambition to open up a bagel shop in the city centre. Next time I come to Philly I’ll be sure to pay them a visit to see which establishment inspired these two men to continue making bagels.  

1705 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103