4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Solomon Bagel Company attracts lines anyway

Sesame bagels and cherry glazed donuts from shop that debuted during pandemic

A trio of Solomon's donuts, including Bavarian cream and cherry glazed
A trio of Solomon's donuts, including Bavarian cream and cherry glazed

It will be interesting to see what it’s like to hang out at Solomon Bagel Company. North Park’s newest donut and bagel destination has been open a few weeks, only since the shutdown started. So despite having plenty of seating room and large windows looking out across 30th Street, all of its business thus far has been socially distanced take-out.

Place

Solomon Bagel Company

4152 30th St, San Diego

That doesn’t seem to stop a steady stream of customers from showing up to form a line at six-foot intervals. I’ve been seeing such lines stretch from the counter to the far end of the shop, enough to see some products sell out by late morning — I still haven’t shown up early enough to get a maple bar.

I won’t complain though, because despite my love of maple, and the pleasure inherent in a delicious chocolate glazed Bavarian cream, my new favorite donut has to be Solomon’s cherry glazed ($1.70). The simple confluence of cherry, sugar, and raised dough is so successful, I’m left to wonder why I’ve never found a cherry donut in San Diego before. Maybe cherry donuts are the first to sell out at every other donut in town? Or maybe I need to start waking up earlier.

New York-style everything bagel made into a So Cal style sandwich: BLT with avocado

While my own immediate attention may have been temporarily drawn to the sweet stuff, as its name suggests, Solomon Bagel is a bagel shop first. It offers more than a dozen flavors of taut New York City style bagels. Those $1.70 bagels range from everything bagels to rye, multibrane, poppyseed, salt, and cinnamon raisin, each boiled then baked on stone in a custom-built oven.

Solomon bagels: sesame and cinnamon raisin

Jeffrey Wang, the “bagel maestro” behind Solomon, reportedly learned his craft in New York prior to launching the Kettleman Bagel Company chain in Portland, Oregon. That brand was successful enough to be bought out by the national company responsible for the Einstein and Noah’s bagel chains. I would suppose because they didn’t like the competition.

Bagel and donut fans line up six feet apart at Solomon Bagel Company.

In other words, there’s plenty of bagel pedigree behind this new, independent shop. It may look a nightmare for those heavily invested in a gluten-free diet, but for those of us who can’t get enough of the elasticity gluten gives dough, I don’t see it getting any better than the satisfying chew of a sesame seed bagel. A vegan friend tells me the vegan bagels are habit forming as well.

Solomon becomes an automatic top spot breakfast sandwiches, owing to its egg and cheese bagels and the option to include bacon, ham, sausage patty, and veggies. You can go for lox and schmear, as is the New York way.

Solomon brings more bagel and donut options to North Park.

But it’s not all breakfast sandwiches, as demonstrated by my order of the California friendly BALT (bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato), which cost $9.50, plus a buck more to add Muenster cheese. I’d call it a pretty good sandwich, made better by the fact I could leave the shop with extra bagels and donuts in tow. Next time, maybe I’ll be able to stick around and eat it inside the shop….

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Maya Moon gives Normal Heights a chocolate bar

Minimally processed and naturally sweetened food and drinks shine at new coffee shop alternative
Next Article

Son of L.A. councilman indicted in USC scandal backed Gloria's mayoral campaign

Job-recipient Sebastian Ridley-Thomas furnished $1150 to election fund
A trio of Solomon's donuts, including Bavarian cream and cherry glazed
A trio of Solomon's donuts, including Bavarian cream and cherry glazed

It will be interesting to see what it’s like to hang out at Solomon Bagel Company. North Park’s newest donut and bagel destination has been open a few weeks, only since the shutdown started. So despite having plenty of seating room and large windows looking out across 30th Street, all of its business thus far has been socially distanced take-out.

Place

Solomon Bagel Company

4152 30th St, San Diego

That doesn’t seem to stop a steady stream of customers from showing up to form a line at six-foot intervals. I’ve been seeing such lines stretch from the counter to the far end of the shop, enough to see some products sell out by late morning — I still haven’t shown up early enough to get a maple bar.

I won’t complain though, because despite my love of maple, and the pleasure inherent in a delicious chocolate glazed Bavarian cream, my new favorite donut has to be Solomon’s cherry glazed ($1.70). The simple confluence of cherry, sugar, and raised dough is so successful, I’m left to wonder why I’ve never found a cherry donut in San Diego before. Maybe cherry donuts are the first to sell out at every other donut in town? Or maybe I need to start waking up earlier.

New York-style everything bagel made into a So Cal style sandwich: BLT with avocado

While my own immediate attention may have been temporarily drawn to the sweet stuff, as its name suggests, Solomon Bagel is a bagel shop first. It offers more than a dozen flavors of taut New York City style bagels. Those $1.70 bagels range from everything bagels to rye, multibrane, poppyseed, salt, and cinnamon raisin, each boiled then baked on stone in a custom-built oven.

Solomon bagels: sesame and cinnamon raisin

Jeffrey Wang, the “bagel maestro” behind Solomon, reportedly learned his craft in New York prior to launching the Kettleman Bagel Company chain in Portland, Oregon. That brand was successful enough to be bought out by the national company responsible for the Einstein and Noah’s bagel chains. I would suppose because they didn’t like the competition.

Bagel and donut fans line up six feet apart at Solomon Bagel Company.

In other words, there’s plenty of bagel pedigree behind this new, independent shop. It may look a nightmare for those heavily invested in a gluten-free diet, but for those of us who can’t get enough of the elasticity gluten gives dough, I don’t see it getting any better than the satisfying chew of a sesame seed bagel. A vegan friend tells me the vegan bagels are habit forming as well.

Solomon becomes an automatic top spot breakfast sandwiches, owing to its egg and cheese bagels and the option to include bacon, ham, sausage patty, and veggies. You can go for lox and schmear, as is the New York way.

Solomon brings more bagel and donut options to North Park.

But it’s not all breakfast sandwiches, as demonstrated by my order of the California friendly BALT (bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato), which cost $9.50, plus a buck more to add Muenster cheese. I’d call it a pretty good sandwich, made better by the fact I could leave the shop with extra bagels and donuts in tow. Next time, maybe I’ll be able to stick around and eat it inside the shop….

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Property astir on El Cajon Blvd.

Lafayette Hotel, Red Fox Room, Mississippi Apartments
Next Article

Robert Frost: cracker-barrel philosopher

One of America’s most celebrated poets
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close