Westman’s Bagels

Seattle has long been lacking a decent Jewish bakery or bagelry so I was thrilled with Westman’s opened up two blocks away from me. This tiny walk-up counter features several fantastic varieties of bagels and cream cheese that taste like home to me, but what folks might not know is that there are also quite a few Jewish (and non-Jewish) pastries.

On my first visit I got a nutella rugelach and salted chocolate chip cookie. It’s hard to find rugelach in Seattle so I didn’t have high expectations, but this tasted pretty legit! Rugelach can be difficult and time-consuming to make so I’m impressed that Westman’s takes the time to bake these little treats. That being said, the cookie was even better – actually one of the best I’ve had in Seattle. It isn’t very big but what it lacks in size it makes up in flavor.

On my next visit, I went straight for a chocolate roll, but couldn’t resist the hamantash they’d made for Purim (another difficult-to-find Jewish specialty). The roll was a little on the dry side and had a pronounced orange flavor that didn’t appeal to me, but the hamantash was a treat. The dough was perfectly crumbly and I liked the addition of sesame seeds to the apricot filling. If this little street stand were only open on the weekends, I’d be perfectly content.

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