Bethesda Bagels Coming to Dupont Circle

On Friday I shared a tip that Johnny Rockets would be closing at 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW in Dupont. I’m happy to now share the news that a Bethesda Bagels will be moving into the space.

Any fans of Bethesda Bagels? Think they are a good fit for this location? I’ll be sure to update when they open.

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  • Bethesda Bagels is awesome- instantly the best inside the District

  • Yeah, baby! Yeah!

  • isn’t that the old burrito brothers space?

  • Never had Bethesda (I’m a fan of Georgetown Bagelry when it comes to bagels in Bethesda), but there aren’t many bagel places in the District, so I imagine anything half decent will be a good addition to Dupont. I crave a smear and lox on a reasonably tasty bagel quite often!

  • I still miss Burrito Brothers

  • *Love* Bethesda Bagels! Fantastic addition to North Dupont

  • I thought it was called Bethesda Bagel’s

  • Bethesda Bagels is AMAZING. I’m so excited about this news.

  • Exciting news. Since Bethesda Bagels closed their Cleveland Park shop several years ago, the only reasonably good bagels I’ve had in the city are from Bruegger’s, which is quite a schlep from the Dupont/Logan area. Now we won’t have to drive all the way up to Bethesda to obtain their bagels.

  • THIS IS SUCH GOOD NEWS. I work in Bethesda and live in DC and cannot find any bagels nearly as good on the weekends- by far the best bagels in the area!

  • Pretty much anything replacing a Johnny Rockets is a step in the right direction.

  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Love Bethesda Bagels, badly needed in DC especially Dupont.

  • I hear its a new concept – bagels and comfort one shoes in the same location!

    • There used to be a bagel shop where the northern-most Comfort One is in Dupont on Conn Ave. Back in the day.

  • Wagshals has great bagels too for those that live close or have a car. Saying that, Bethesda bagels will be a great addition.

    • Wagshals carries Whatsa Bagel bagels, which is the wholesale side of Bethesda bagels. Same exact bagel, but it’s made by machine as opposed to hand rolled.

  • Despite the fact that there is no such thing as a good bagel in the DC region, I will give this place a try. The only good bagel I’ve ever found in the area was at Snider’s, and they import them from H&H!

    By the way, do they boil them (as they should be)?

    • Bethesda Bagels are excellent, one of the three best in DC. Also try Goldberg’s (on Georgia Ave in Silver Spring) and Brooklyn Bagel Bakery (in Courthouse). And I’ve had H&H many times, from the original source.

      I used to work at a place where we made the imported (frozen) H&H bagels. They were good, mostly because they were very freshly baked, but couldn’t compare to the originals.

      • Did you used to work at Comet? I miss that place so much. Great bagels, nice whitefish salad, and a hearty good morning from the old man.

        • No, this was at the White Mountain Creamery in Potomac. One of my favorite parts of opening was baking the bagels. I think that all of the DC locations are closed, but they also had really excellent low fat frozen yogurt.

      • Morty’s was also pretty good (albeit expensive and kind of dirty), but I think they’ve closed for good.

      • I love Brooklyn Bagel in Clarendon! The only thing I miss about working in VA.

  • I used to work in an office next door to that place, and it must be haunted, b/c nobody can seem to stay in business there.

  • Bagels are better in New York.

    Just sayin’

    • this schtick is horribly overdone and played out.

      just sayin’

    • I hear Rape-by_Cop is sooooo much better in NYC too. Moving back soon then, are you?

      • I had always been told that DC boasted being home to the best and the brightest in the nation. But, every time I post a troll-y comment, I am made fully aware of how truly dim and un-original the “best and brightest” are.

        • So then, you ARE moving back to NYC soon. Excellent. Don’t drain the brain pool on your way.

          (see, you missed my sarcasm, so I thought I would make it MORE obvious for ya. Cua I am neither best nor bright).

          Or, to put it more succintly:

          if you have to explain your trolling, you are a ineffective troll. Do not blame the reader for your lack of writing skills. Troll better, we here are accustomed to top quality trolls. you do not impress.

    • I am thinking of moving to NY just so I can go on local blogs and talk about how there is no good Ethiopian in NY

  • OK, so those of you who aren’t familar with what we do.
    We are the only shop in the Metro area that makes over 25 varieties by hand from scratch. We slow speed mix the product so it is dense and chewy. You won’t find a white bread texture product in our establishment. We also make most of our product from scratch. Homemade Corned beef, Roast beef and over 20 types of cream cheese, bagel dogs, Flagels etc. This is just a small amount of what we do.We have about 40 different sandwich items and carry a large variety of smoked fishes, How about some real homemade Chicken Matzo ball soup? We also do a lot of catering. We are a family owned operation. It won’t have the feel of some of the corporate type of establishments that are still around. We are very excited about being back in the district. We should be open sometime in September. If you have any questions our email is [email protected]

  • boiled, then baked.


  • Howie…….LOL
    Not a shake, A chocolate egg cream. Get with it.

  • Wow! I never thought I’d see the day that real bagels would be in the District. Bethesda Bagels are equavalent if not better than many of the best bagels in NYC. Trust me – I’m a Jew from Jersey – I know my bagels.

    • I appreciate hearing that. It’s hard to convince New Yorkers but the only difference is the water and I know for a fact that the water in DC isn’t that far off. The real difference in bagels is the process in which they are made. We follow the same process as they did when there was a bagel union in NYC. Slow speed mixing, the bagels then go thru a retarding process, boiled and baked on stone shelves. The most important factor is that they are hand rolled. It truly makes a vast difference in the product. The sad part is that a lot of people think that these chain store bagels are real bagels, they look nice, but that’s as close as they get. These places whipped the dough (which ruins it from the start) and then they squeeze it thru an extruding machine (ruined twice now) and it’s downhill from there. It’s basically whitebread with a hole.

  • Hello?? no bagels in Dupont? All you Bethesdans should go to the little bagel shop on P btw 21st and 22nd. Not a chain and the egg and cheese bagel sandwiches are right on.

  • Bagels ?! (rollin’ eyes) and let me guess, espresso. How novel. Yuppie, Food snobbery wins again.

    Good luck. Everything in that space goes under in no time.

    • Let me guess, your glass is always 1/2 empty. Bethesda Bagels has never had an operation not do well. The same thing happened in Rockville, where Matchbox took over a jinxed space, they will do very well there. You gotta have faith. Remember, those places failed either because they sucked or absentee management, or both.

  • The place has never been jinxed! All businesses that have rented that space with the exception of Quizno’s (which was jinxed by their own ads and inconsistencies)have honored their 5 year leases and closed when their leases expired. Johnny Rockets was jinxed by its change of ownership in 2007 (bought by the slimiest scumbag Dan Snyder). The Fleishman family will do an excellent business there! I am a big fun and will become a steady patron!!!!

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