Seeing this thread pop up reminds me that I spotted Rolings bagels in the little greengrocer's at 20th and Rittenhouse (Sam's?). Didn't get any, so not sure if they are as good as they were last I had them, a couple of years ago. If the quality's held up, they are the standard hereabouts. If, that is, you like your bagels boiled, crusted and gnarled, like they used to make them in the shtetl.
If you like them puffy-pillowy and doughy... sorry to hear it.
Wow!! They sound like the real deal! I was getting ready to try my hand at making my own. Haven't had a real bagel in ages!