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S & I Bakery–Gourmet Bagel Exchange (Pompano Beach)

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***** S & I–Gourmet Bagel Exchange, Festival Marketplace, 2900 West Sample Road, Pompano Beach, Florida 33073. S & I (954) 984-4785, Gourmet Bagel Exchange (954) 973-1622.

Got something really terrific for you…a wholesale/retail bakery & a wholesale/retail bagel-deli store. Same owners, right next to each other. This is strictly a takeout operation.

Guaranteed-absolutely-positively, that if I didn’t tell you about this joint, the chances are that you would never-ever find it. Crazy-crazy location…the joint is located in the “back” of the Hillsboro Antique Mall which is “housed” in the Festival Marketplace on Sample Road. There are 2- long retail counters (one for each business) and a huge bakery–kitchen operation where the stuff is made.

S & I and Gourmet make outrageously delicious—bagels, bialys, cakes, cookies, breads, salads, knishes, deli meats. The stuff is so good, that it is wholesaled to numerous restaurants, markets, bakeries, country clubs from Homestead–Jupiter, Florida.

Today, I brought home a mixed dozen bagels/bialys and I gotta tell you that the—everything, onion, plain were right up there with the best that I’ve had down here in South Florida. As for the bialys, as good as it gets…I kinda think that The Boys Farmers Market in Delray Beach (see reviews–6/1/10–May 6, 2009) which has great bialys– gets those bialys and many of its other terrific baked goods from S & I. Now-to continue my story, I also picked-up, potato-kasha-sweet potato knishes, which were absolutely delicious. My takeout order also had me doing, marble chiffon cake, chocolate rugalah, almond horn, apple turnover…excellent. I also did a pound of brisket, pound of corned beef, pound of pastrami—Now you guys know that I am very particular about my deli meats…that said, today’s “find” now has me “knowing” another joint (and there aren’t too many down here in South Florida) where I can get a really good NYC style deli sandwich.

For anyone not familar with the Festival Marketplace…it’s something like 400,000 square feet and has more watch stands–perfume stands–jewelry stands–shoe stands–cosmetic stands–sunglass stands–than any one person should be forced to walk by on a Sunday afternoon. From what I understand, S & I–Goumet Bagel have been in this flea market for over 10 years and were part of the “famers’ market” section which recently closed. It is now part of an antique mall surrounded by a ton of antique stands–which makes no sense whatsoever. Think of it logically, when was the last time that you went out to buy a dozen bagels and a 1952 Howdy Doody poster at the same “location”?

Anyway…you now know about a really good bakery-bagel-deli operation.

S & I Bakery and Gourmet Bakery Exchange are open 9:30am-5pm 7 days a week.

36 Comments to “S & I Bakery–Gourmet Bagel Exchange (Pompano Beach)”

  1. Linda K. says...

    Have been a customer for years. Excellent bagles and baked goods.
    The owner Steve recently told me that he is trying to get a reatil stand on the main area in the flea market. Right now you don’t even know the place exists.

  2. Stephen Roberts says...

    jeff, love the new site. real easy now to navigate around.
    love your picks.

  3. pmd says...

    linda k so right, if you dont know where it is you never find it.

  4. dottie says...

    the bialys that you love at the boys farmers market come from this bakery.

    • Steve G says...

      Those are “Florida Bialys”, not the real thing. Their bagels and pastries are great. They have the best chocolate cigars around.

    • JeffEats says...

      dottie: Just had a chance to read your post.

      You are 100% correct on the supplier.

      Thanks for reading…

      • HerbK says...

        Jeff,
        The Boys recently opened up their own bakery, Gramma’s, just a few doors down from The Girls market, and they are making everything for the Boys Market there. You have to check out Gramma’s, it is the best bakery in South Florida.

  5. xxx says...

    Jeff, Great site!! A place you should put on your list to go to is New York’s Big Apple Deli at 14432 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, Florida 33180. Great place!! Home made soups are the best. The Potato Leek soup on Wednesday and the Mushroom Barley on Thursday and the New England Clam Chowder on Friday are an absolute must try as are the rest of the soup of the days!!! Excellent deli food!!!! Owner Michael makes you want to come back and Dale the cook is superb!!!

  6. RFA says...

    Got a dozen bialys and a dozen bagels.
    Right up with the best in Florida.
    Thanks.

  7. ws says...

    top shelf bagels and bialys

  8. DRD says...

    jeff, S&I for years has been supplying tons of bagel stores and bakeries for years. Perosnally, I think that its bagels are the best around.

  9. mr bakery says...

    this one is gold.
    great bakery

  10. warren/barbara says...

    your bagels /bialys all your breads aslo the fishes /lox whitefish /herrings are great jerrythe manager did a great job preparing the food for the holidays everything was prepared with the utmost care keep up the good work again again the best i have ever tasted since moving to florida 10 yrs ago you have a customer for life

  11. NN says...

    bagels are fair.
    onion boards delicious
    delcious poato and brisket knishes.

  12. MH says...

    I bought stuff yesterday.
    Bagels aren’t that good. Too soft on the outside. Too doughy inside. I tried asageo, it had no taste. The onion, pumpernick and everything, same thhing.
    I also had a potato knish. I think it was spoiled as it had a sour taste when I was eating it at home.
    Sorry Jeff, nothing here for me.

  13. Lynn Rappaport says...

    Jeff, tried there brisket knish, no good.
    also had their potato knish, no good.
    thought the bagels were to soft on the outside.
    as for onion pockets, those were excellent.
    all in all not close to being as good as you rated them.

  14. Ruth says...

    I happened to find the place and found it was filthy. The food and service unacceptable. No thanks I want go there again! I actually had food poisoning and called the health dept.

  15. RK says...

    Jeff, you do know that the Boys Mkt gets most of their baked goods from here don’t you?
    The bobka cake is great. By the way they are opening a retail outlet in the food court.

  16. zaza says...

    they just opened a bagel place in food court and a bakery counter in the middle of the flea mkt. so now you dont have to walk to their location which is all the way in the back of the antique mkt in the flea mkt.

  17. RED says...

    Jeff, Was in Flea Market yesterday. The bagle fast food is now open same for a its bakery in the main floor. The bagel store still doesn’t have its permanent signage up. I will mention that the help looks dirty. The see in kitchen looks dirty. No way would ever eat food from here. Amazing that a new business looks like a mess already. The help doesn’t wear gloves. The cutting prep area was dirty. What a fraking mess.

    • jay jay says...

      saw this new booth today. can’t believe how dirty it looks. won’t ne getting tuna salad from there.

      • ernie k doe says...

        jay jay
        so right,
        dirty food court booth

  18. HerbK says...

    S & I bakery is now S & M bakery which tells me that there is a new partner.
    The place is dirty, I wouldn’t order food there but I did get a few pumpernickel bagels and they had no taste, just brown colored bagels.

  19. kobie says...

    had and aseago w/cream cheese today. just under 4 bucks.
    very good but a touch too expensive.

  20. ollie says...

    delicious pound cake with chocolate chips and great sugar bowties.

  21. john pastore says...

    i love their bagels.

  22. Eats says...

    Some of the best baked goods in fl at ridiculously low prices.

  23. shelby says...

    love this one. great bakery

  24. Mbc2012 says...

    These guys are absolutely killing it in the flea market. Their bagel store in the food ct is jamming and their bakery right outside the food ct is doing great.
    I love their stuff.

  25. ARNIE B. says...

    Had an everything with cream chesse for 1.99. delicious fresh bagel.

  26. mmmm says...

    they got a great bagel loc in the flea mkt and the bakery on the main flea mkt floor is doing great business. they got good stuff.

  27. RFD says...

    Always grab a bagel with a schmear when I’m at the mkt.

  28. Joey C. says...

    Picked up a dozen bialys and a mixed dozen bagels yesterday.
    Bialys are very good.
    Bagels are good, but aren’t the best in the area.

  29. NORM W says...

    PUMPERNICKEL BREAD IS OUTTA SIGHT. IT’S ALSO SOLD AT RORABECKS FARM ON MILITARY. AT $2.99 FOR FOR OVR 2LBS, IT’S THE STEAL OF THE CENTURY. BIALYS ARE SO-SO. BAGELS AND, IN BOYNTON BCH HAVE BIALY’S THAT ARE PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT YOU GET IN LOWER MANHATTAN. IT’S THE WATER GUYS, GET IT???

  30. Jerry Flea says...

    They make great split pea soup and their tuna is fabulous.

  31. Jessejames says...

    Terrific tuna .
    Delicious onion rolls.

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