Solly's Bagelry is a New York style deli serving up delicious bagels, sandwiches, cinnamon buns as well as a large selection of Jewish baked goods.
I came here to grab 1/2 dozen of their famous cinna buns here last Thursday and obviously they did not disappoint. However, I do remember a lot more ooey gooeyness before - maybe because different location? Regardless, they were still delicious - my fav by far!
This location is really easy to miss. I remember back years ago I would always drive really slowly past their sign on this antique store hoping to locate their store. I would never find it. It wasn't until just recently that I found out they weren't actually on Main Street, but a side street just off of Main. I was told this is their original location and it still has that tiny old-school coffee shop charm to it.
Service was good, but my only complaint was after I opened the box of buns at work. The first three were of good size and fit the box perfectly, but the other 3 were at least 25% smaller! Couldn't help feel a little jipped at $2.25 each.
Taste is dynamite! Must try! (also the chocolate babkas too!)
I eat it like popsicle--lick after lick. Can't get enough of it. Well, okay, the cinnamon bun I should be spreading it onto, that tastes okay... not bad... well-made, but nothing spectacular, then again, I'm not a huge cinnamon bun fan since it's usually too heavy, too much, and/or too sweet... and too much dough for me to finish a full-sized one. Love the other little bakery items, but must remember to treat them as desserts and just take them a little bit at a time. Again, can't stop thinking about the cream cheese icing! Mmmm, delicious.
Sailing on Bagels and Buns
I agree with the review by Squirrel below: Solly's does not deserve the inappropriately negative reviews it has been receiving on this site, but it does need to improve to remain successful.
I have been buying and enjoying Solly's cinnamon buns for ten years now. I honestly do not think that any other baked good goes so well with a cup of hot, strong coffee. Solly's bagels are great too, but customer service is really the problem.
The staff turnover is high, the young cashiers are rude and disinterested, and both the Kits/East Side locations need to be tidied up. I also know that the owners have a poor, negative business approach (one of my close friends applied to Solly's and was really offended by the aggressive, blunt manner of the female interviewer).
Go to Solly's to buy babkas, cinnamon buns and bagels, but let the owners/managers know about poor service or disappointing products...I know I have.
This place has tired grubby 'decor' and parking in the 'hood is a nightmare.
Staff turnover is legendary they seem unable to keep anyone for more than a few weeks-plus Staff are clueless they have no training.
Last I was there the cashier couldn't even give someone directions on the phone as to where the store was-I'm not kidding-he thought the store was on Main St I had to explain to him it was on 28th-he didn't know the address!
Who would hire someone like that?
The food is oily, mass produced and far from fresh even my old favourite the Cottage Cheese Muffins aren't worth eating these days-the so called Bagels are as bad as it gets just awful little buns not worth half of what they charge-and do they charge!
Management doesn't seem to care I spoke with someone on the phone who ID'ed himself as a Manager after the last time I was there he didn't seem to be interested in listening to any complaints and even less interested in listening to ideas about how to improve the place.
Give this place a wide berth until someone who knows what they're doing buys it and puts some money/care/energy/expertise and time into making it function like a modern viable business.
First of all, the bagels are very expensive, like $5.50 for 6 tiny hard and overly chewy bagels, which hurt my teeth and jaw when I try to bite into them. Also, the cinnamon buns may be tasty, but priced at $3.50 for one, is totally not worth it. i'd rather head over to McD's or TimmyHo's for the food and coffee. Also, the servers here are very rude, they never smile, they just stare at you awkwardly, which makes me feel really uncomfortable. The service is slow, I had to wait over 15 mins for my soup and bagel w/smoked salmon cream cheese, and the shop wasn't even busy. The soup is really watery and salty as well. Definitely do not recommend. I would rather head to McD's or to sushi places on Main street for better value/quality/service.
I have lived in the community, and Solly's has had bad service for 10+ years. I go occasionally to buy bagels, but that's usually it. My husband and I were doing some local shopping and decided to grab lunch to take home. Two smoked turkey bagel sandwiches. That's it! $17 bucks. Two little sub par sandwiches that weren't even correctly prepared as ordered, a handful of stale chips and two soggy pickles. WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!!!
That was our last lunch at Sollys!!
I really love Solly's bagels and I was excited to eat there again after moving back to the Main st. area. I expect the small space to be crammed full of stollers and to pay a bit more for a meal, but in the end, it always seems worth it. Sadly, the last five times I have been there, my order has been wrong. Two of these same times, at least one of the individuals I was eating with also had an incorrect order. After the first two times I tried to be extreamly clear about what I was ordering so as to ensure my order would be correct when it came time, and they still screwed it up (how hard is a bagel and cream cheese order at a bagel shop?????).
The last time the order was incorrect, I brought it to the cashiers attention and I was told that what I actually ordered was going to cost $1 more. Instead of just apologizing and giving me the correct cream cheese, I was forced to wait in line again to pay (on debit) another $1.
My advise to anyone thinking of eating here is: be as crystal clear as humanly possible with your order. You may even want to bring your own pen and paper so you can just write down your order and hand it to the cashier.
The service at this location is the absolute worst service I have ever seen in a resturant hands down.
I've been going to Solly's on and off for years. Back when they only had one location, the bagels were good, and the Jewish deli was novelty in the neighbourhood. But for years now, the service has been terrible. The counter staff are always sullen, disinterested, and not terribly competent. It's amazing; everytime I've been in there, it's been like that, and it's with different staff too. It's very slow service, and I've received the wrong items before. I've seen them overcharge people. One time, I ordered three different products, and the counter person took it all and slopped it into small paper bag, so there were cookies on top of knishes on top of bagels. And when I questioned him about it, he just shrugged. This bad service happens all the time at Solly's. And although the bagels are still good, the knishes have been flavorless, and everything else, including their "famous" cinnamon buns are just okay, and not really worth going there. It's just always such an unpleasant experience in there, and the Main St. shop is tiny and crowded.
I am puzzled how this establishment retains customers. It has lost this one, as well as my family.
The facts are this: The bagels are thin, but not as thin as the "supermodel" amount of creamcheese they sparingly spread. Honestly, $3.00 and the faint amount they give, it's no surprise most reviews here are of the "ripped off" feeling. I agree. Not to mention the inconsistency of the babkas and cinnamon buns....I kid you not, every 3rd is actually half as wide. You pay three bucks for a bun and get -2inches. Unacceptable.
Service has been rude each time I've been. I live close by, so I and my family have given this place more than a few fair shots. No more. The manager yelled at his employees infront of us a few times, but the other day we received the star treatment. We ordered bagels and noticed on our way out that my Grandfather's order was wrong. His wife, my Grandmother of 82 years, politely asked for the regular schmear instead of the salmon spread mistakenly served. The manager shouted at her for "having some nerve" to complain. My Mother intervened and re-explained, and he used a coarse word and slapped the unrequested refund on the counter.
It was very upsetting and I know that this mediocre cheapskate will not get the chance to abuse these customers again.
Having experienced Solly’s for the first time today, I can safely rate it a solid “B” for blows. The service was exceptionally poor and the taste of the food even worse. The pickle tasted like a wax candle stored in a bucket of salt for 100 years, the bagels tasted like lawn clippings, and the overall presentation was a sloppy mess. I wouldn’t recommend this place to my worst enemy.
This place has sweet, crunchy Cinnamon rolls with/ without icing. I love this place! They have a great selection of bagels.
If you ever need a place to go have coffee with friends this is the place to go get your caffinee fix and a little snack an afternoon coffee break
To my (humble) taste, Solly's has one of the best chicken matzoh ball soups in town, as well as excellent bagels and sandwiches. Lunches come with a pickle and a bagel chip; I recommend the pastrami on marble rye (if you're not vegetarian), but the veggie sandwich is pretty good too. If you have room for dessert, the cinnamon buns are delightful...or take home a sack of those addicting sesame "yum-yums".
I grew up in Montreal and have been a bagel fan all my life. Whenever I find a new source for bagels I must try it! So, it was with great anticipation that I tried a sesame bagel from Solly's. The price was steep but the sign claiming the bagels to be number one in Vancouver made me think perhaps they were worth the price.
Oh how wrong I was. The bagels, while fresh, were very uninspiring. Whether you are a fan of Montreal style or New York style bagels, these will be sure to disappoint you. No chew, no flavour, no character. I would put them on par with stale Dempsters bagels.
A good sesame bagel should have a hint of honey, a bit of chewiness and that wonderful roasted sesame flavour that comes from putting sesames anywhere near the oven. These elements, when combined in the right amounts make for a wonderful bagel.
Try Siegels. Even Safeway bagels would be a huge step up on these over-priced buns.
The only reason solly's Bagel is getting a poor overall rating is that they recently doubled their prices. Yes, doubled! I usually get their Eggels for $2.49, but now the eggels are at a whopping $3.95 each. Talk about price gouging. The food is really good, but not for that price. Unfortunatley, Solly's wont be getting my business in the future. I recommend going to Tim Hortons, which has similar food, but at half the price.
Love it loved it loved it! Originally from Montreal, I forgot how wonderful Jewish culture & cuisine is! Walking into Solly's was like visiting home. The breakfast bagel sandwiches are great & so's the coffee and the pastries! The ambiance is like a friend's living room & the music was jazzy & real cozy! Nice work, see you next time!
safeway bagels would be able to compare to the bagels here at solly's. not saying that they're poor, it's just that the cost is just way too high for what's actually being served. i've been in NYC on several occasions and you can get something comparable there for half the price that solly's is charging for its food.
we decided to try its breakfast bagel and its 'famous cinnamon buns'. again, you can get better cinnamon buns at other locations in the city. the texture of the cinnamon bun itself wasn't quite right so maybe it was off that day?
regardless, i would recommend coming here once. and that's it.