This photo was taken at Blue Sky Bagels on Main St downtown Boise. As a child I ate salt bagels consistently and missed them when I moved out West.
I can call ahead and they’ll specially make salt bagels. Totally fresh, they are often still warm by the time I get there.
As a kid, the kids didn’t eat lox – the lox was not wasted on us. Only adults enjoyed lox, and so now my salt bagel comes with lox, not plain, cream cheese.
Our bagel shops were uncool holes in the wall, decrepit flooring, old timers working with ancient recipes. Here in Boise I can’t exactly recreate that atmosphere, but the flavor is as good as can be.