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Kettleman's Bagels

Cafe, Bagels
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Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
The best bagel shop (right now) in Central Jersey

I am a bit of a bagel connoisseur. This place gets it. The bagels are good. A good crowd. Some wait, but moves fast. Pricing is ok (not sure why NJ bagels are more expensive than NYC). Will be going back again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Somerset NJ
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The bagels are great. Never go here if you are in a hurry. The order taking, food prep and checking out process is poorly organized.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Every time I step foot in this bagel place, it is breath taking! All the food is very fresh and prepared in a timely matter. I usually stop by for a snack or a late lunch if I am looking for a quick bite to eat. I am very impressed on how this operation is run and all the staff... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I am a bit of a bagel connoisseur. This place gets it. The bagels are good. A good crowd. Some wait, but moves fast. Pricing is ok (not sure why NJ bagels are more expensive than NYC). Will be going back again.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

These are the best bagels in Somerset County. I worry that this place has poor sanitary grades - a 'B". For this reason, I am afraid to eat their meat. The place always looks a little dirty - a little cleanup and this place would rate 5 stars.

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We compare everyone else's bagels to Kettlemens. Always a bit of a crowd, popular with due reason. Bagels have a nice little crispy shell with perfect softness inside. Staff couldn't be nicer. Tasty spreads. Bagels always hot and fresh.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I go to Kettleman's frequently, my wife even more than I. We think their homemade whitefish salad is the best we have tasted and both of us are Brooklynites. I order either whitefish salad on an everything bagel or "The Westerner" which is a western omelet on your choice of bagel. Neither one ever disappoints. My wife... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Stand in line, order and then wait a LONG time. What is this -- the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld? However, just like "no soup for you", the place knows how to cook. Probably the best porkroll, egg and cheese I've had. Outstanding multigrain everything bagels. Worth the painful process.

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Newark, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Bagels are the best in the area. Good Breakfast and Lunch Meals - unfortunately their service is extremely poor. IF you can bear the wait - go here, if not - go somewhere where they appreciate your business.

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Gladstone
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I like the food here, always have, although they tend to be a little expensive. But their operation is horrible. The last three times I went here the line just to order has been out the door. This morning I it took me 25 minutes to get a breakfast sandwich that would normally only take 5. Bagel places should not... More 

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Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food is great but it takes FOREVER just to order and even longer to get the food. They aren't organized at all and they don't smile. I go because it's close but you will always wait, even if you call ahead, and no one will smile at you and tell you they hope to see you again.

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Address: Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Somerset
Cuisine: Cafe, Bagels

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  • Address: Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Somerset

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Bagels

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