Solly's Bagelry is a New York style deli serving up bagels, sandwiches, cinnamon buns as well as a large selection of Jewish baked goods.
I stopped by for a late breakfast while driving by because I felt like a bagel. I ordered an toasted onion bagel with cream cheese. It was really good and a nice light breakfast. The ambiance was relaxing and it wasn't too busy in the cafe. They were playing blues music which I enjoyed while eating my bagel and reading the paper. I would definitely return when I have a craving for a good homemade bagel.
Nothing amazing about this place, kind of disorganize and no "theme" at all to the decor, but I wasn't expecting anything fabulous from that end.
The food is okay, but not great. I would say Siegel's has waaay better bagels. No reason to go to Solly's. Now add in the cost and it's almost enough to kill it off.
The final straw is the service. They had like 6 to 8 people working the counter/kitchen and the place was not even packed. Yet we waited ~30min. for soup & sandwich! It took so long they popped the soup back in the microwave because it got so cold. Absolutely ridiculous, they are seriously over-staffed compared to any other restaurant I've seen ... umm... ever. I wouldn't care if the service weren't sssooooo SLOOOOW.
So that's it then, not worth a return nor even a 1st trip. Go to Siegel's instead.
I went to this newer Solly's location to get some of their cinnamon buns and Chocolate babka buns to go. It was difficult finding parking and even more difficult ordering. They don't really have a line-up system and just pick amongst the crowd who's next. (At least this was the case when I went) It was like everything was free, people pushing people to get to the day's limited amount of cinnamon buns. When it was my turn, my order was packed and handed over to someone else to ring through. There was no communication, and the cashier served a few more people before realizing she was supposed to ring my order in.
I had left Solly's with happiness that I got my cinnamon buns and babkas (weren't as tasty as the W. Broadway location) and a headache.
The cottage cheese muffins are worth the trip for me. Whenever I am in the area I try to pick one up, and am disappointed when they are sold out! While the bagels are not special, I really enjoy the hearty soups they have, especially the bean soup. The cream cheese-filled pastries are also very enjoyable. Overall, a solid lunchtime experience.
Popped in with a friend for lunch, but unfortunately for us it was the real lunch hour. Big lines and I have to agree with the other post that there seemed to be no system to serve who really should be next. The girl taking the orders was very uninterested in her job and never looked us in the eye once.
The food took forever to come, but it was quite good. The herb bagels with sundried tomatoes were delicious, and the lentil soup was very good as well - and it should be for the price they charge. Portion sizes were definitley not proportional to the cost. The food to go section is horrifically overpriced!!
The interior is nicley arranged, but there are not enough seats for the throngs that come here. It's best to find a table and then get in line (or have your partner do it while you wait in line). The construction outside definitely takes away from the ambiance, but thankfully it's temporary. Next time I go, it will be outside of the traditional lunching hour.
Oh, and if you wait an unreasonable amount of time to use the bathroom, it's probably a member of the staff who's in there. Apparently she does this on a regular basis - 'this' being makeup application. Go figure.
I have visited Solly's on previous occasions for their cinnamon buns and while it's never an amazing experience,it hits the sugar craving. Yesterday was the first time I tried dining in for a corned beef on rye sandwich. I really shouldn't have and I'd be $13 richer today! I was the unlucky recipient of a sandwich that was burnt on side, barely toasted on the other, missing the mustard I asked for and was barely filled with some dry pieces of corned beef that had the consistency of flaky bacon bits. Seriously, it looked like ground corned beef. Their 4.5 pieces of potato chips was also a disappointment. To make matters worse the disinterested server told me she didn't make it, it just comes from 'production' that way. So what? I just wanted to hand it back and get the semi-reliable cinnamon bun. She seemed obliging until I realized I was getting no money back and a $13 cinnamon bun was going to be my lunch. A young lady in a pink shirt hovered behind her and I thought she might intervene and save the day but nope...she appeared to be talking about me as I left ...completely disgusted with no plan to return EVER!
The food is good, and for the most part the service is good as well. I love LOVE the chocolate Babkas and the girls who make my bagels with the smoked salmon schmear always do a perfect job, and with a smile at that. I live in the neighborhood and a few months ago I witnessed the owner berating and talking down to her employees. She was barking orders from the other side of the counter with her day planner and cell phone in hand, bitching and asking why they were doing this or that, and being nasty all in front of a long line of customers. Firstly, I am sure her employees were just doing what the manager asked, secondly if you think that the employees are rude, this is why. I can't say I will never go here again, but the owner is just SO nasty to her employees and I don't really want to support that. What has prompted my review is the same exact thing happened to a friend of mine, today, at the same location.
I've been going to this location since it opened, and I must say the service has been consistently bad. I'm not sure if the requirement of the staff is to be surly, or they become that way due to circumstances working there, but I have yet to have good service there.
It's common to stand there and wait for them to take your order, even if there is 3 or 4 of them behind the counter doing nothing but chatting to each other. Then when they take your order, you'd think you're asking them to kill their pet dog.
Last time I was there, I ordered a strudel and wanted it heated up. It was barely warmed up so I returned to get it heated up some more. The girl took it and nuked the eff out of it.
Probably my biggest pet peeve about this place is they never post the price of pastry. Probably because everything is over priced for what they are.
Since it's further to travel from work, I will probably just shorten my trip and end up at Edge up the street for better service.
We were walking in the neighbourhood and happened upon Solly's. It has lots of natural light and nice rustic wood tables and chairs. I have to say I haven't had their bagels in a while. The last time I had them from the Main St. location they were really too dense and chewy for me (try and compare with Siegel’s) so when I found myself in this location I had the pastrami on rye and cinnamon bun. The sandwich was very good and much more filling than it looks and the cinnamon bun was out of this world. I love cinnamon buns but when I buy them they often are disappointing. Here, they don’t use the goopy cream cheese icing to enhance the flavor but instead have the sticky sugar baked on them, but not too much. The key to their yumminess is that they are moist and they have very thin layers and therefore lots of cinnamon coverage per bun. Unfortunately the last time I had one at the Main St. location it didn’t seem quite as soft but maybe that’s just the batch.
When it comes to Jewish food...I am not that professional about it....but what is it...bagels, Corned beef, Knishes, etc.....
I was there for the second time now...the only thing I like is the free one hour parking on the side (back).
I ordered a hot pastrami on rye....I saw the guy washed his hands and that was great but I didn't notice if he used the soap....I did notice a lady making sands. and she was not wearing gloves....when I go to places Deli's, Rest's, etc....always I look at the kitchen the people and see if they are touching their faces and hair, if it's tied up and wearing gloves....that is a big NO NO for me and I do tell people all the time about the places I go to....if it's ok or not.
I find the prices are expensive the bagels are ok....all in all not bad...the back kitchen looks ok from what I see and the guy passing through the kitchen had a beard and I wish it had a net on it.
All in all, ok place...slow at cash....needs to be a little more organized.
Every day, when I was going to VGH, I was passing Solly's and it's advertisement of bagels and best in the city cinnamon buns made me curious….this was two years ago. Over my last few visits, I was extremely disappointed with their cinnamon buns – they were not fresh, dry, with burnt caramel sauce. I did not feel well for good couple of hours after eating them and I promised myself not to come back; however, today I took my daughter for coffee and gave into my temptation and purchased two cinnamon buns – one I consumed at Solly’s and another one I took home for my husband. Again, the buns were dry, old, with burnt, hard-candy-type caramel. Again, I had the same feeling as before – my stomach was not happy. My husband was also so disappointed that he has no desire trying these buns ever again. We had them fresh and yes, the fresh ones are the best in the city; however, lately more than often we get something that makes us forget how tasty they were.
I tend to give places a second chance. What a mistake.
We planned a small Chanukah dinner an opportunity to give Solly's a second chance after last years disaster. We ordered jelly doughnuts, they where so stale the jelly part was the only moisture left. The Latkes had been so over cooked, prefab frozen ones would have been better and then a dozen chocolate rugelach we got a ten poppy seed and two jam??? the Challah was stale as well, obviously from the freezer. We had the same issues last year, we pre-ordered, when we got the food home and unpacked it and noticed that it was almost our order!!! we got all the items order just not the specific items. We called to let them know that our order wasn't specifically what we ordered, they informed us that they had to replace some items because they ran out of some items, nice to let us know.
The staff is always nice, the service is usually good considering how busy it can be and the price is way out to lunch especially because you never really get what you order.
This place is just a block off of Cambie, and has an established clientele from the area. The staff are very quick to serve. I suspect they are friends and family of the owner so they have their quirks but they get the job done.
Like most places around Broadway, try to avoid going at noon-1pm since the Lunch Crunch from the business around there makes it very crowded (the past reviewer may have experienced this). At other times it is a normally busy cafe, nothing to worry about.
The bagels are fresh and nice, the cream cheese spreads are tasty. The veggie sandwich is a little bland, but the chicken salad bagel sandwich is delicious!
but when they're not it's just disappointing.
There have been a few times now where I've gone to Solly's and found their matzo balls in the soup to be rubbery or dry. Or the service will randomly jump from amazing to horrible. I've had everything from staff there offering suggestions for combinations to try to rude and short service.
It is a little pricey for what you get but when they get it right the quality makes that worth it. The problem is when they don't get it right it's horribly over priced.
This weekend I once again ventured to Solly's in Mount Pleasant. I think the only reason I keep going there is because the parking situation is better than at Whole Foods. I also honestly want to believe that the miserable owner will someday have an epiphany, treat her staff better and implement a training program that teaches the difference between 'bagel' and 'brown bread'. Every single time I go here, my order is completed incorrectly, the staff are either grumpy or completely unaware of customers being there. I sit on the stools waiting for my order with my fingers crossed and watch, hoping that they'll get my order right this time. Seriously, I can go to Starbucks and order the most complicated drink known to man/woman without a hitch yet I can't get turkey and brown bread, straight up! Someone needs to forward these reviews to the owner aka 'Woman Scorned'.
I used to go there last year for breakfast before work, and the service was so slow and rude that I stopped. I went back with my family on Saturday for lunch during a trip to canadian tire, and we had a great experience. The service was quick considering how long the line was. There was a misunderstanding with our order (my fault) and the manager was understanding and fixed it very quickly. Even the table busser was super friendly when he was clearing a table for us. Definitely a good family place to go - much better than it was a few months ago. Funny that the last reviewer mentioned the loud owner - I think she came in at the end and was yelling at the workers too! Maybe they get paid extra for that.
horrible service... slow, unattententive front counter staff makes coming here when I am forced to grab a bite in the area frustrating. It's not surprising that there is always someone new serving the front as it seems that employee turnover is high. I have yet to go here and leaving thinking, "wow, that was fast and efficient." Food is ok but overpriced.
I went in for a quick snack and a coffee to go. Service was beyond slow and the attitude was ridiculous. The bagel I had was tough and tasteless, I really expected more from a deli that specialises in them. I think that I may have caught them at a bad time on a bad day, looking at the last couple of reviews maybe the staff are just sick of working there. Anyhow I won't be going back.
I am new to vancouver and asked a friend where I would be able to find bagels close in calibre to St Viateur of Montreal- and she told my about Solly's. I went there and bought a dozen bagels and a "U" shaped cheese bagel. It came to $12. I balked at first, and thought... well if they are good it'll be worth it.
The cheese bagel was pretty good, the pastry flaky enough and the cheese filling delicately sweetened, however missing the touch of lemon that really makes for a superior result.
The bagels, however- were beyond disappointing. I tasted one as soon as i got out of the store, and despite being fresh- (i.e. at their best) they are simply too puffy, raw-ish dough inside which has an English muffin -type consistency. More like a 'bun with seeds'. Not a real bagel.
This experience made me feel wistful and prompted me to search for St Viateur bagels online. I was amazed to see that you can order 6 dozen bagels for the great price of $40.50. Even with the added shipping costs- the total cost will be comparable to the exorbitant $9.50 per dozen charged by Solly's. And even if you get St Viateur bagels a week after ordering them... even if you freeze them for awhile, or leave them sitting on the counter for another week, you will still end up with a superior bagel that blows Solly's out of the water.