Best Vegan Bagels in Los Angeles: Ranked by East Coasters
Let’s face it, bagels are a pretty hot topic on the food scene. Whether you’re from the East Coast or just enjoy a good bagel, it can be hard to find one in Los Angeles that ticks all the boxes. To make your search easier, we’ve brought you this list of the best vegan bagels in LA: ranked by East Coasters. That’s right, we consulted with friends from bagel centers in New York and New Jersey to review these baked goods.
Disclaimer: All bagels in these places are wet, otherwise we would not have included them. To compare apples to apples, this ranking is based on each establishment’s plain bagel without spreads or toppings. In each section we will mention the other flavors and sandwiches they offer.
Culver City and Brentwood
Pop’s simple bagel won the trophy for best roll, the one most like New Jersey. Our tasters raved about the thick texture and golden brown color of the bagel, complemented by satisfying textural bubbles on the outside, which we are just learning is a very important part of a good bagel. All of Pop’s bagel options (plain, all, cinnamon raisin, and gluten-free) are vegan and come with several plant-based toppings to dress them up, including a homemade cashew cream cheese and Spero sunflower cream cheese.
This place was founded by an east coast resident who moved to LA and realized that there weren’t any bagels on the west coast that reminded him of his home, which makes perfect sense. because our tasters were blown away by the nostalgic taste of Maury’s bagels. All of the flavors in this bagel hotspot are vegan, unless there’s a non-vegan word in the name. Plain, everything, and sesame, za’atar, onion and garlic, every bagel you try from Maury’s will strike the perfect balance of dense, airy, soft and chewy. If you’re upgrading your roll with a dollop of BlÃ¶de Kuh Classic or Herb Cashew Cream Cheese, get ready for your taste buds to be transported straight to the Jersey Shore!
When you step into this charming vegan bakery, you’ll be greeted with three flavors of perfectly baked bagel: Plain, Everything, and Cheddar. To accompany the roll of your choice, you can order a generous layer of herb jalapeÃ±o schmear, plain or marinated on top! Alternatively, try these buns in a sando. Elaine is a cheddar bagel with marinated jalapeÃ±o schmear, homemade seitan bacon, sprouts and tomato. Joe Cool has a bagel of everything with Impossible Breakfast Sausages, tofu scrambled eggs, smoked gouda and mayonnaise. The Foxy Loxy layers rainbow carrot lox, herb schmear, red onions, capers and fresh dill on a bagel of everything. The latter isn’t on the official menu, but if you ask a The Business Goose employee, they’ll offer you a peanut butter and jelly bagel sandwich!
This bagel food truck deserves all its weight, and more. Not only is the taste and texture of each bagel great, but the variety of plant-based options is plentiful and delicious! Vegan bagel flavors include plain, all, sesame, poppy, and blueberry, with the spread options being vegan cream cheese, vegan green onion cream cheese, and vegan roasted pepper spread. Our comparison focused on solo bagels, but Yeastie Boys is the most popular for their bagel sandwiches! Vegan interpretations to try include Mishka and PB&J.
Burbank and Sherman Oaks
If you haven’t been to Hank’s Bagels, you’re missing out! This place will make all your East Coast dreams come true with their endless combinations of spreads, toppings and the best vegan bagel sandwich we’ve ever tried. Hank’s bagel flavors are vegan unless otherwise specified. You can order yours with a layer of Follow Your Heart vegan jam, almond butter or cream cheese with any veg you crave. But the # 4 bagel sandwich is the star of the show. This handheld features avocado, tomatoes, pickled onions, radishes, salted cucumber, sprouts, salad dressing, and a homemade vegan aioli that will have you rocking.
This Jewish grocery store-bakery is bringing some heat to the bagel scene at SoCal! They offer plain bagels and everything in a classic Bagel & Schmear format with BlÃ¶de Kuh sriracha cheddar and cashew cream cheese. If you want to go the bagel sandwich route, try the âEgg, Egg and Cheese Bagelâ, âMegan Thee Scallionâ or âLBCâ with homemade carrot lox. To ensure the best quality and taste, the team at Mort & Betty’s prepare their bagels fresh each morning and use nutritious and organic ingredients (locally sourced if possible). Right now, you can find this female-owned pop-up in Smorgasburg every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Western Bagel is a Los Angeles staple for a very valid reason! It was founded in 1947 by a New York bagel baker who discovered there was a dearth of good bagels in California. So he packed his things and opened Western Bagel. The establishment’s eponymous product quickly won the title of “The Bagel That Won The West.” So what’s the deal with these holed rollers? They are soft, chewy and so satisfying. All flavors are vegan except for whole wheat, egg and cheese varieties.
And now one of Mississippi’s most talked about bagel joints â Belle’s Bagels. Besides the plain bagels we tried, this cute and quirky place has five other vegan varieties: salt, poppy, sesame, onion and all. If you want to take it to the next level, we suggest grabbing a BlÃ¶de Kuh cream cheese schmear or taking the sandwich route north of York. The vegan sando is loaded with mashed avocado, cucumbers, radishes, sprouts, pickled onions, and Sbez hot sauce. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything you order from Belle’s!