The Bagelry, Silver Spring, MD

Tucked away in a tiny strip shopping center on Vital Way in Colesville, The Bagelry has been quietly serving some decent bagels for over 25 years now, and has gone through several ownership changes.

Although I now prefer Goldberg’s, you can’t do any better than The Bagelry if you’re in the Colesville area.

A Bubbe ($7.99) made for a good dining-while-driving lunch, a sesame bagel (with light butter) sandwiching roast beef, turkey, and munster, accompanied by a bag of Kettle Sea Salt and Vinegar chips and a root beer.

But what I’ll remember about this visit isn’t the food (which was perfectly adequate), but the nice gesture by the owner. I meant to get a Dr. Brown’s root beer from the cooler, but when my order came up, they’d poured me a fountain soda instead.

“Ah, just grab a can and take both,” he said, with elegant nonchalance.

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