Boston’s best bagels: readers weigh heavy

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Last week I compiled a very insightful list of my family’s favorite bagel stores in the Boston area. You did not hesitate to give your opinion. Obviously, bagels are a very controversial topic! As such, I just had to share some additional reader choices. Here are five other great bagel places that, thanks to you, are now on my list.

This choice comes from an enthusiastic reader who emailed, “May I suggest you try the New York Bagel in Dartmouth if you are in this area?” Although off the beaten track (60 miles south of the epicenter of JewishBoston), with an unimpressive vibe, its bagels are excellent. Indeed, our son and our daughter-in-law, who live in Newton, stock up every time they visit us. To support our good faith as bagel judges, my wife (originally from Dorchester) and I grew up in Brookline – indeed, our very first date was at Jack and Marion’s – and stayed in the Boston area to our respective careers, after which we retired to the south coast of Massachusetts. I can’t argue with this!

272 State Road, Dartmouth, 508-990-3350, newyorkbagel.com

Strictly Kosher: Life is a Bagel

Life is a bagel (courtesy photo)

One Randolph reader was annoyed that his favorite place, Life’s A Bagel, was not on the list. This all-kosher place, which is also cash-only, is great for the basics – egg bagels deserve a lot of praise, as does the lox. Bagels are big and spongy, if that’s your jam.

29, rue Washington, Canton, 781-830-9900

Bagel World Bakery & Charcuterie

Bagel World Bakery & Deli (Courtesy photo)

Apparently, this was a big omission from the North Shore – a shandaSaid one annoyed carbohydrate connoisseur. I’ve never been there, but I’m intrigued by the bagel energy bar. “It’s a big, softer bagel. I lived in Brooklyn and New York for six years, so that was always my comparison. These are the first bagels I have felt compared, ”says another fan. Several outposts (Reading, Peabody, Salem) add a layer of convenience.

Various locations, bagelworld.net

The best of bagels

Best of bagels (courtesy photo)

Visitors enjoy the dairy-free Chive Tofutti Spread, but the traditional cream cheeses are also great fun, including avocado, onion, chocolate chips, and sriracha. Another reason to visit? Smoothies, ranging from frozen Oreo to banana split.

113 Chapel Street, Needham, 781-433-0003

Katz Bagel Bakery

Katz Bagel Bakery (Courtesy photo)

Finally, this Chelsea institution has been around for nearly 90 years, serving boiled bagels to a legion of devotees who especially love their crisp, volcanic-looking bagel pizza.

139 Park Street, Chelsea, 617-884-9739, katzbagels.com


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