Awards and Media
BROOKLYN BAGEL BAKERY is the proud recipient of numerous awards for quality and popularity of our entire family of bagel products, and for the media coverage we've received.
Best of LA Awards from Los Angeles Magazine
Los Angeles Magazine has repeatedly named us "Best of LA" for Bagels, having won in many previous years, including 1998, 1995, 1989 and 1983 - essentially, just about every time Los Angeles Magazine includes a bagel category in their "Best of LA" competition.
We're proud of these awards, and we thank the entire Los Angeles community for supporting us for nearly 60 years.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery in the Los Angeles Times: "The Bagel: An LA Story"
Los Angeles Times Photo by Glenn Koenig
On November 12, 2008, the Los Angeles Times ran a terrific feature on the Los Angeles bagel bakery business, with a major emphasis on Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and our owner, Richard Friedman:
"Most people choose the bagel they grew up with," says Richard Friedman, and for most Southern Californians, whether they know it or not, that means the choice is bagels made either by Friedman or his oldest competitor....
Friedman is not a stickler for a particular-size bagel and does not have a problem tweaking his recipe here and there to suit a customer, but he has been raised in a strict bagel-making tradition. Sitting in his glass-enclosed office looking out over his Brooklyn Bagel factory, the scene does not appear to have changed much in five decades.
It's a vision right out of a California noir movie. He is a self-avowed workaholic, a devoted bagel maker who starts work most days at 5:30 a.m., continuing on with that "good recipe" created by his grandfather in New York and passed on to his father and then to him.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery on "Your LA" (KNBC 4 Los Angeles)
We were featured on KNBC 4 Los Angeles' "Your LA" program a few years ago, and our segment is included below: