City bagels in suburbia
Big Boy’s goes for New York flavor
By Susan Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside — New York style bagels are much loved but not easily imitated.
Big Boy’s Bagels and Deli on East Broadway in Derry strives to offer the authentic chewy treats typically found in Gotham.
Ray Dumaresq, the owner of Big Boy’s, has been making bagels for years and has it down to a science.
Between the new location in Derry and the original location in Plaistow, Dumaresq estimates that Big Boy’s sells thousands of bagels every week. Never frozen or mass-produced at some off-site location, Big Boy’s bagels join the ranks of freshly made bagels at Bagel Alley in Nashua, Bagel Café in Manchester and Hot Rize in Merrimack. Big Boy’s bagels are boiled and baked every day in the shop.
Dumaresq shudders when he thinks of what passes for a good bagel elsewhere.
“A true bagel isn’t just bread, it is really something different. New York style has a unique texture,” he said.
Big Boy’s offers 14 types of bagels and eight types of cream cheese. Prices run $6.95 for a dozen, $3.95 for a half dozen and $2 for a bagel with cream cheese to go.
Big Boy’s is a comfortable space right in the thick of things on East Broadway with small, round bistro tables and curvy chairs that look out onto the street.
While the bagels are the highlight of this downtown eatery, Big Boy’s is more than just for breakfast, which ranges from a bagel ($1.15) to the “Big Boy” — a breakfast sandwich made with ham, sausage, two eggs and cheese ($4.50) on a bagel.
Also a full-service sandwich deli catering to the noontime crowd, Big Boy’s serves subs, sandwiches and salads using Boar’s Head meats.
“We put out big, hearty meals, all homemade with top ingredients,” Dumaresq said.
Big Boy’s Bagels and Deli
14 East Broadway, Derry, 432-4400
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.