Crappy bagels, but at least the coffee sucks

There’s something to be said for consistency. Consistency shows that a business has a model for its operations and that the employees do things the same way every time. Unfortunately, the whole concept breaks down when it is all done badly. That’s the problem with Chesapeake Bagel Bakery on Harrison Ave. in Arlington.

Everything I have had there is terrible. About once a month I trick myself into thinking maybe it wasn’t really that bad. After all, how can you screw up a bagel that bad? I must be misremembering, I tell myself.

Then my memory is refreshed by a new experience. Yes, it really was that bad. The food, customer service, even the coffee.

I really wish I had a more positive posting about this place. The line gets amazingly long there and I wonder if it’s just my bad luck or if everyone is in the same boat as I am, figuring they misremembered how bad it was? I don’t have high standards or a very discriminating palate and I am not a bagel snob at all. I have tried many times and have finally decided that the food there sucks.

So where are the good bagels in Arlington?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

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