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East Passayunk knows Italian bakeries and French bakeries, but it finally got a Jewish one in Essen Bagel, named for the Yiddish word for "food" and "to eat," naturally. The pastry chef, who studied in Israel before going to culinary school, wants to keep her offerings list limited, to focus on quality. Her lineup is traditional and carb-laden, from apple-honey cakes and poppyseed cakes to challahs and rugelach, but sometimes veers into the playful with items like a Za'atar swirled croissant. French-press Elixir coffee can wash down loaves at any of the small tables in the nook of a bakery.

Philadelphia

Essen Bakery

Essen Bakery

East Passayunk knows Italian bakeries and French bakeries, but it finally got a Jewish one in Essen Bagel, named for the Yiddish word for "food" and "to eat," naturally. The pastry chef, who studied in Israel before going to culinary school, wants to keep her offerings list limited, to focus on quality. Her lineup is traditional and carb-laden, from apple-honey cakes and poppyseed cakes to challahs and rugelach, but sometimes veers into the playful with items like a Za'atar swirled croissant. French-press Elixir coffee can wash down loaves at any of the small tables in the nook of a bakery.