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LA’s Newest Bagel Start-Up Wants to Create a New Kind of Bagel for the City

Baked-to-order Pop’s Bagels offers new competition around LA

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Los Angeles bagel wars continue to heat up, with a new private ordering operation called Pop’s Bagels taking over Instagram lately. The catering operation is the work of former television development lead Zach Liporace, and it has sights on creating a whole new kind of bagel for the city of LA.

Pop’s Bagels is different than the usual lineup of bagel places, as there is currently no storefront available to walk in and buy from. They’re also not a pop-up operator (yet) in the vein of Maury’s or Courage Bagels in Silver Lake. Instead, Liporace is currently working the private catering route, where interested parties can sign up for a more all-inclusive event that includes the one-man operator actually cooking off bagels to order from a pizza oven.

The resulting bagel, says Liporace, is something meant to be unique to Los Angeles. Instead of the denser, waxier bagels common to New York City or the ropier iterations from Montreal, Pop’s is intent on bagels with a crispy exterior and light, airy interior. For now that means Liporace is making every bagel solo, and only offering three flavors: plain, cinnamon raisin, and everything, with homemade cream cheese to match.

A tray of bagels on a wooden platter.
Everything bagels from Pop’s Bagels
Pop’s Bagels

Liporace says there are plans to expand the enterprise in both scope and size, with a wider menu and pop-up hours either as a stand on the street or from a food truck. Pop’s will also hopefully push into a storefront of some kind down the line, and later this year there’s hope that Pop’s will also end up at the weekend outdoor food fest Smorgasburg.

For now, anyone looking to dine on Liporace’s bagels will have to place a catering order for some on-site cooking, at least until November when Smorgasburg should kick in. In the meantime there is no shortage of bagels of all types to enjoy around Los Angeles, from Belle’s Bagels in Highland Park to the new Wexler’s in Century City — with at least one rather famous name slated to return to the mix by the end of the year.