'Bagel' on Serious Eats

Where to Find the Best Bagels in San Francisco and the East Bay

I can safely say that I've tried bagels from every single shop that bakes their own bagels on premises in San Francisco and East Bay. I didn't begin this quest hoping to find greatness, but a few bagels stood out from the pack. Bagels that are more than just bits of round bread. Bagels with properly crackly-crisp crusts with dense centers. Bagels that have soul. More

The Good Bagel Manifesto

For the past couple months I've been on a quest to find the best bagel in San Francisco. This led me to a shocking realization: there are really, really bad bagels everywhere, and I'm not just talking in the convenience stores or supermarkets—places you'd expect bad bagels. I'm talking at honest to goodness bagel specialty shops. I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts on what makes a great bagel great. Word of warning: I'm about to get as opinionated as I ever get. You will most likely be offended by at least one or two things I say. Your concept of what is good and bad in the world of bagels will be challenged. You may even feel like I'm personally attacking you for your preferences. That's because I am. This is far too important an issue for live and let live to apply. We're talking significance of a which-side-of-the-bread-do-you-butter level here, so I I'm not holding back any punches. Feel free to come right back at me. I will defend myself to the bitter, un-toasted end. More

New York's Best Bagel Comes From a Department Store

We've been closely—nay, obsessively—following the state of the bagel in New York these days, and we'll just come out and say it: Fred's cafe at Barney's makes bagels that are just as good, if not better, than any of the city's other contenders for Top Bagel. Here's how they're made. More

A Sandwich a Day: Hook at Reno

The Hook ($8.00) is comprised of house cured togarashi lox, thinly sliced cucumber, creamy avocado, artichoke cream cheese, and sharp and crunchy red onion, all piled high between your choice of freshly wood-fired bagel (I went with My Everything). More

How to Make Bagels at Home

I don't use the word magical lightly, but there really is something wondrous about making bagels at home. Maybe it's the shape. I think most everyone understands a loaf of bread, but the round shape with a hole ... well, it seems like a whole lot more work than simply plopping some dough in a loaf pan. But it's not. Really. Try making just one batch of these, and I'm sure you'll have the process down pat. Put on your sorcerer's robe and follow along! More

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