From New York to Dallas to Los Angeles, these bagel establishments all score big with customers on review sites such as Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, and others, making them an easy choice if you’re in the neighborhood.
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ESS-A-BAGEL, NEW YORK CITY
Founded in 1976 by an Austrian baking family,
is considered by many to produce the best bagels in Gotham, which explains the hourlong wait patrons have experienced at busy times, according to reviews on
. Still, devoted customers say this New York institution is well worth the wait for a classic, New York-style bagel.
WESTERN BAGEL, LOS ANGELES
First opened in 1947, this small franchise specializes in New York-style bagels with a West Coast twist. The chain has
in the Los Angeles area, primarily in the San Fernando Valley, but they all have one thing in common — amazing bagels that are “softer and chewier than the typical dense and harder East Coast bagel.”
BAGEL KING OF FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT
Founded by Italian-born Benny Viselli, who mastered the art of bagel-making after he immigrated to the United States in the 1950s, the first
Bagel King bakery
was opened in 1969. Two Connecticut locations soon followed, and are still operated by the family. On
, reviewers note the crispy, flaky crust and chewy center, which some claim is better than a “typical” New Jersey or New York-style bagel.
BAGEL SPHERE, EUGENE, OREGON
operates two Eugene locations, both with roomy interiors. The expansive menu includes a variety of bagels, of course, but also breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. Reviewers on
particularly appreciate that Bagel Sphere doesn’t skimp on the cream cheese and enjoy the stores’ unique vibe.
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