Crappy bagels, but at least the coffee sucks

There’s something to be said for consistency. Consistency shows that a business has a model for its operations and that the employees do things the same way every time. Unfortunately, the whole concept breaks down when it is all done badly. That’s the problem with Chesapeake Bagel Bakery on Harrison Ave. in Arlington.

Everything I have had there is terrible. About once a month I trick myself into thinking maybe it wasn’t really that bad. After all, how can you screw up a bagel that bad? I must be misremembering, I tell myself.

Then my memory is refreshed by a new experience. Yes, it really was that bad. The food, customer service, even the coffee.

I really wish I had a more positive posting about this place. The line gets amazingly long there and I wonder if it’s just my bad luck or if everyone is in the same boat as I am, figuring they misremembered how bad it was? I don’t have high standards or a very discriminating palate and I am not a bagel snob at all. I have tried many times and have finally decided that the food there sucks.

So where are the good bagels in Arlington?

2 Comments so far

  1. DCeiver (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Indeed there are: Brooklyn Bagel Company, across from the Courthouse Metro.


  2. Mik (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    I’ve yet to have a bad bagel there, the lines consisting of prepified yupsters and their annoying kids kill me at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning though. Panera (there’s one on Route 7 and one in the Ballston Mall) has a decent bagel, and the house latte is nothing to turn your nose up at.



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