I am a resident of Montclair for over 30 years. If you’re reading this, you probably love Montclair as well love of a good bagel. It’s an easy question to answer. I’ve eaten many bagels from every bagel eatery in and around Montclair, and they all have their unique qualities. However, one establishment stands out, and it’s not necessarily about the bagel.

The Bagel House is located on Bloomfield Avenue, close to the intersection of Route 23. I wasn’t always disabled, but now I have Parkinson’s disease. While it’s no walk in the park, I’m not complaining. But when I park in their handicapped parking area, one of the owners, Ramsey, comes out to my car to take my order, and proceeds to prepare it and deliver it to my car. My order isn’t large nor special; it’s one bagel with cream cheese.  I am greeted wit ha welcome and a smile. 

Common courtesy and decency are long-forgotten traits. These fine people have them, and they’re the real deal. If you want to experience more than just a great-tasting bagel, people who take the high road, I suggest a visit to the The Bagel House. 

Heywood “Woody” Waga


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