Sundays in Bethesda in my family always include a trip to Bethesda Bagels. It is a mandatory trip for lots of other Bethesda families too! The line at Bethesda Bagels is always out the door on a Sunday morning. The hard part is deciding whether to buy the mini bagels or the full sized ones, the seasonal
pumpkin ones or plain, a baker’s dozen or just what we need for the morning’s brunch! I always come away with some cream cheese and lox and some raisin-walnut cream cheese for that extra schmear atop my bagel! Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda at 4819 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814, this bagel shop has been feeding my family for twenty five years!
Bethesda Bagels is also located in Dupont Circle at 1718 Connecticut Avenue and at 120 M Street SE,Washington DC 20003. They serve bagels, sandwiches, and other baked favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Capitol Riverfront. Located in the ground floor retail space of Insignia on M, a 324-unit apartment building at 1111 New Jersey Avenue, SE right above the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station, this is a perfect place to grab lunch before an afternoon game at the Nats Stadium.
When it comes to bagels, there is a wide range of definition of the perfect bagel! Some like crunchy while others love chewy! Luckily, the D.C. area is home to several good bagel shops that offer something for every picky taste, but Bethesda Bagels is the choice in our home – and interestingly, for the Democratic House Leadership. Bethesda Bagels has hand-rolled its bagels since Bronx-born Stephen Fleishman opened the first locale in 1982. “Using a machine makes them spongy,” says his son Danny. The shop also makes its own cream cheese.
In September 2014, Bethesda Bagels first got the call from the U.S. House Democratic caucus to
supply smoked salmon for their weekly breakfast meetings. Once the owners of Bethesda Bagels were convinced that the full catering order really was from the nation’s top Democratic leaders, a great relationship was formed. “They’ve been valued customers ever since,” Fleishman said.
According to Roll Call, the Democratic conference spent about $40,000 on more than 17 orders in a year. Fleishman said the caucus has a standard hot breakfast buffet order including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and also rotates through options for special dishes.