Living in Rochester in the 70's and 80's this was the local grocery store. Returning for a visit, it is now a bagel shop!Also has soup, salads, sandwiches and pastries. The common buzz from customers was YUM! Check it out!
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Lived in Rochester all my life and never tried this place until yesterday! Amazing, so many choices with flavors of bagels and cream cheeses! I love horseradish and they have horseradish cream cheese....the best on a rye bagel or pumpernickel! I also love salted caramel...More
Balsam Bagels is unpretentious, but a neat local find. Bagels, of all sorts, with different fillings, are supplemented by quiches, soups, etc. Limited seating, much of the business seems to be takeout. Self service is quick, hot items are ready to be zapped. Food was...More
I was in a hurry to satisfy a family starving for late brunch. Came to Balsam for a dozen bagels and a few sandwiches. Everything was prepared as asked and sold to us with a smile. A very nice experience. The family loved the food...More
Multiple vegan cream cheeses (and TONS of vegetarian varieties.) The bagels are equally enjoyed just plain as well. Yum. Favorite combo has to be the Salt Bagel with Chipotle Cream cheese. They also offer a variety of vegan/vegetarian lunch options. Favorite has to be the...More
Every single time we get bagels here (4 times in 3 years), there are always a few that have not been cooked through. I just do not get it and because of that, I will not go back again.
I go here whenever I am in town. Great bagels. I usually get the lox on a bagel sandwich. Generous helping of lox, delicious bagel. Great combination.
Balsam is one of my favorite neighborhood eateries...I go here every weekend. They have dozens of homemade flavors of both bagels and cream cheese. French Toast bagel with apple cinnamon cream cheese (with real apples in it) or pesto bagel with raspberry jalapeño cream cheese...More