Ah, bagels. I know many (myself included) that will travel far and wide for the best bagel. There are infinite reasons as to why I think bagels are supreme, but getting into that would take up this entire article. Anyway, if you’re looking for the best places around the U.S. to get bagels, here are some that can definitely help you find your bagel fix. While you’re visiting one of these locations, feel free to pick me up an everything with cream cheese, alright?

 1. H&H Bagels Midtown Bagels East – New York, NY


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If you’ve searched for the best bagel in NYC, this is probably where many will lead you. This spot has made cameos in Seinfeld, and also serve as the “sympathy bagels” Carrie brings Miranda in Sex and the City  after not being able to help her when she threw out her back. It has recently closed, but has plans of renovating and reopening under new ownership. A review on Yelp said it best: “My first bite of an H&H bagel resulted in a complete paradigm shift, in which I finally understood why NYC is known for its bagels. I didn’t know that bagels could reach such heights as this.”

2. Sam’s Bagels – Los Angeles, CA


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For more than 35 years, this location has been serving up some of the best bagels in LA. The spot has a reputation of having a long wait, but it’s well worth their perfect bagels. Their garlic bagels are what they’ve gotten the best reviews for, as well as having fresh lox.

3. BB’s Bagels – Alpharetta, GA


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BB’s is about thirty miles north of Atlanta, but is still one of the most popular bagel places in the country. From friends who have experienced their bagels firsthand, they all describe them as “revolutionary to the bagel game.”  The bagels are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled, and they have fresh bialys on the weekends.

4.  New England Bagel – Manchester, NH

NE Bagel

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New England Bagel is known for its fresh bagels and its breakfast sandwiches. Getting a bacon, egg and cheese outside of the NYC area is usually against all my principles, but this is definitely a place where I know I can get one of the best in the states.

5. The Bagel Man – Phoenix, AZ


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This spot makes its own cream cheeses, which is highly recommended by those who frequent this spot. Everything is fresh and made to to order, and they’re known for having a friendly staff.

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Rebecca is (secretly Linda Belcher) a senior at Iona College, studying Mass Communications. She loves to travel, coffee, and her dog. Fan of boy bands, big hair, and everything bagels. Professional shade thrower and wearer of beanies.


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