Chicken Matzo Ball Soup at Bagel Café

This café displays many East Coast specialties, but none better than this homemade chicken soup with fresh vegetables, chicken and a matzo ball. A traditional Jewish dish, it is served with a bagel and cream cheese. $6.95 cup and $7.95 bowl, 301 N. Buffalo Dr., 255-3444.

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