Solly’s Bagelry / Vancouver

368 W 7th Ave at Yukon St Vancouver V5Y 1M4
6046759750
$$$$
Opening Hours
Sun, Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Description

Solly’s Bagelry, now a Vancouver Institution, is a family business established in March 1994 in Eastside Vancouver. A Jewish Family Bakery and Deli, Solly’s offers a variety of traditional Jewish baked goods and deli items. As a young girl, founder and current owner, Leah Markovitch learned Jewish baking by observing and working with her Baba (Grandma) in her Baba’s kitchen. Many of Solly’s delicious foods stem from original recipes, handed down from previous generations in Eastern Europe, to her Baba, to Leah’s Mother , and to Leah herself. These recipes, along with many others, lovingly shared by family and friends, have been authentically recreated in Solly’s kitchens. Solly’s currently has three retail stores in Vancouver: Main & 24th, Broadway & MacDonald and Yukon & 7th. As a company committed to Jewish baking and cuisine, Solly’s President & CEO, Leah Markovitch, says: “When I look back at all we’ve accomplished over the past 19 years, I cannot help but “kvell”- a Yiddish term meaning “feel delighted, proud and Joyful”. From the first day Solly’s opened, the smell of fresh bagels filled the air all along Main Street which at the time was a neighborhood consisting mainly of pawn shops, antique stores and the odd greasy spoon. Main Street seemed like a strange place to set up a Jewish bakery, far removed from the traditional Jewish neighborhoods in the Oak Street corridor. But what Solly’s did for the East side, they also did for greater Vancouver and eventually Western Canada, where the name Solly’s Bagelry is synonymous with maintaining the authentic Jewish deli and bakery experience that has now been mostly corporatized and sanitized in Eastern Canada and the United states. “We took traditional Jewish foods that had been kept quietly cloistered within a few small Jewish bakeries and delis, and moved them into the mainstream of Vancouver life, putting Jewish food on the map” says Leah Markovitch. “We are proudly Jewish and proclaim it throughout our stores. By doing so we have made Jewish holidays and festivals like the Jewish New Year, Chanukah, Purim, Passover as well as the weekly Jewish Sabbath, part of the vernacular, embraced by the many cultures that constitute Greater Vancouver. Always remaining committed to Jewish authenticity, taste and excellence, we’ve taken artistic and creative license by introducing such delectable goodies such as “samosa” knishes, and “chocolate matzah” to name a few. With stores that have a sense of bohemian style, Jewish music and enjoyment, Solly’s Bagelry has always been fun hip and cool. In addition to over a dozen varieties of hand-rolled boiled bagels, Solly’s features world famous cinnamon buns, chocolate Babka, Rugoleh, strudel, mandelbroit, knishes, blintzes, challah, meringues, macaroons and so much more. Solly’s mouth-watering deli meals include pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, lox and cream cheese, and delicious soups including home made chicken soup with matzo balls. One of the popular breakfast items is Solly’s Eggel™ creation, which is a fresh baked toasted bagel topped with an egg, melted edam or cheddar and various delicious toppings. Not only does Solly’s sell it’s delicious food out of its retail stores, but it’s wholesale and catering divisions located in behind their west 7th retail shop, manufacture food for special events, wholesale, groceries, restaurants and coffee bars.

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average 1370 votes
3.2
Tips from the Net @ Solly’s Bagelry
Chris Lesyk en
The owner (?, and older woman working in the kitchen) was busting this poor worker's mozza balls about something, in front of customers who were waiting to get served. I could see that he was trying his best to get away attend to me, but the woman kept lecturing the poor guy, and wouldn't let him leave to do his job. I must say, the young guy held it together well, and apologized to me numerous times, once he was able to get away. Whoever this old woman is, she was extremely unprofessional to the worker, and to others in the store. On the other hand, I bought a litre of chicken soup for almost $15, and it had more Jewish penicillin than chicken in it. GooglePlace - January 2018
Greg Hoekstra en
They have great food and bagels, but over the past 7 years I’ve been going the service is getting worse and worse. In the past 12 months it’s become almost uncomfortable to go here. You’re guaranteed to wait a long time just to order, and then another long line just to pay. Staff openly complain to customers and the owner yells at employees in front of customers. It’s no longer a welcoming environment and it’s souring the whole experience. It’s no coincidence that this place has been getting so many 1-star reviews in recent months. GooglePlace - December 2017
Sephy Friedman en
This is a coffee shop / deli that serves Jewish-inspired foods. The selection in this place is huge and I always have a hard time deciding what to get. I really like the bagels and the babka. Coffee is ok, but you don't come here for the coffee. Usually there is a lineup and the service is not very fast but it is friendly. The decor needs some serious updates. Lots of parking around. Wheelchair accessible. GooglePlace - December 2017
Roxana Albusel en
I'll start off by saying that their bagels ARE delicious and they are VEGAN which is not always the case. So, for that, I am grateful. The point of THIS review is to talk about the service. I was in one day buying bagels and while waiting in line, the owner completely berated the young man on the till. As he was trying to complete the customer orders, she was going over some things with him related to the shop (completely ignoring the fact that he was in the middle of something and helping the customers) and talking to him in a really rude manner. Furthermore, when his sleeve lifted and his tattoos were visible, she snapped at him "I don't want to see you tattoos!" also quite rudely. He seemed really flustered and I felt bad for him. I think in 2017 things like a couple of tattoos on an arm should not matter. Or, if they really do matter to her, she should have pulled him aside and nicely expressed her feelings. I felt really put off by how she treated her staff and I'm not sure I want to return to this specific location. GooglePlace - November 2017
Stu Maxwell en
Honestly, this place is charmingly old school and the low maintenance feeling keeps it very casual. I feel no shame letting my toddler roam around and search for scattered toys. They are ultra generous with cream cheese (too much actually) and the sweet pastries are unique. Speed and quality of service could be improved. GooglePlace - November 2017