Where to Find the Best Bagels in Sonoma County
As with most iconic foods, the exact origin of the bagel is largely unknown and much debated, mainly because ring-shaped bread has been made by various cultures for centuries. However, the earliest known appearance of what resembles the modern bagel first appeared in 1300s Poland as Obwarzanek, a braided dough ring that is boiled, sprinkled with seasoning and then baked.
The bagel migrated from Eastern Europe to the United States during the 19th century, where it was found primarily in Jewish immigrant markets, but did not make it into the mainstream world of baked goods. bakery before the 1970s. Since then, bagels have exploded in popularity across the country – and now you don’t have to travel to New York to find a good authentic one. As former New York City resident Tejal Rao wrote in a controversial New York Times article: the best bagels are in California.
Sonoma County should be no exception to the West Coast bagel boom, so here are 12 places to grab the best bagels in the county and celebrate National Bagel Day on January 15th.
Healdsburg Bagel Company
Using quality ingredients to create traditional New York-style bagels, Healdsburg Bagel Company owner Drew Ross and his team bake batches of fresh bagels to order every day. Handmade bagels come out soft with a crisp, flavor-laden exterior, like the generously coated bagel or the cheese pizza bagel. Fresh HBC bagels can be found at Big John’s Market, various local farmers markets and can be delivered directly to your door as part of the bakery bagel club program.
417A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707-239-2310, healdsburgbagelcompany.com
Serving up great bagels since 1979, Grateful Bagel’s modest locations in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol are local hotspots for a quick breakfast sandwich or a midday bite of a bagel. Favorites include the pesto bagel with a simple schmear, the Harvest Bagel with cream cheese, avocado, tomato and cucumber, and the Wild Boar, a classic ham, egg and cheese on a bagel with jalapeno cheese.
631 4th Street, Santa Rosa, 707-535-0570, grateful-bagel.cafes-usa.com
300 S. Main St., Sevastopol, 707-829-5220
Grossman’s Noshery & Bar
This New York-style deli located in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square neighborhood offers a diverse menu of Jewish cuisine, including, of course, freshly baked bagels that are perfectly toasted and fluffy. Try the simple yet elegant salt bagel with homemade green onion cream cheese schmear or the Brooklyn Bagel Sandwich with smoked salmon, cucumber, tomato, sliced onions, schmear and dill on a toasted bagel.
308 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa, 707-595-7707, grossmanssr.com
For a tasty and affordable bagel to go, head to the drive-thru at Café des Croissants in Rohnert Park. There are a variety of cream cheese spreads and bagel sandwich combos, such as the Hummus Among Us with local hummus, cucumber and other fresh vegetables on a pesto bagel, or the popular Loxy Lady with lox, capers, tomatoes, onions and Fromage Frais.
450 Downtown Raley, Rohnert Park, 707-791-4139, cafedescroissant.com
New York bagels
For a true New York-style bagel in a small town store, look no further than New York Bagel at Park Plaza Center in Rohnert Park. With a huge assortment of bagel flavors and add-ons, it’s hard to go wrong with these dense, chewy bagels generously topped with your favorite toppings. Local favorites include the Jalapeño Cheese Bagel with Bacon and Egg or Plain Cream Cheese Spread, and the Manhattan Grille on an All-Pile Bagel with Melted Monterey Jack Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Tomatoes and Beef. green onion cream cheese.
6400 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park, 707-588-0414
Sonoma Valley Bagels
With three locations and a multitude of bagel options to choose from, Sonoma Valley Bagel has something for everyone. Bagels here are made the traditional way: boiled in a pot and then baked for a hearty crunch and a soft chew. The pizza and cinnamon sugar bagels are a kid’s favorite, and the spinach, parmesan and sourdough bagels are perfect for those who would like a little more sophisticated bagel sandwiches.
130 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, 707-578-7005
1451, boul. southwest, Rohnert Park, 707-793-9990
350 Rohnert Park Expressway W., Rohnert Park, 707-585-8095, sonomavalleybagel.com
The bagel mill
The Bagel Mill combines traditional bagel making techniques with quality ingredients to create organic sourdough bagels, ensuring a great chew full of flavor every time. A fan favorite is the marbled rye bagel, which goes really well with the homemade green olive cream cheese spread. The pesto bagel is another crowd pleaser, as it’s tasty enough to eat on its own and elevates any sandwich option you prefer, like the Classic Lox Spread or the Spicy Turkey Club Loaded.
212 Western Ave, Petaluma, 707-981-8010, thebagelmill.com
Noah’s New York Bagels
With a wide assortment of freshly baked bagels, schmears, sandwiches and food options, Noah’s is a local one stop shop for a quick bagel fix. Standouts include the gourmet challah and six-cheese bagel, which pair well with the signature Breakfast BLT sandwich with thick bacon, egg, spinach, tomato and parmesan aioli.
375 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, 707-766-9651, noahs.com
Mama Mel’s bread
When it comes to hearty whole-grain, gluten-free, and vegan bagels, Mama Mel’s is the crème de la crème. Its New York-style bagels are made with gluten-free flours and steamed for a golden crust and chewy bite. The Three Seed Bagel contains a blend of organic chia, sesame, and poppy seeds, giving the bagel a light nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch. Other favorites include the robust onion bagel and the naturally sweet blueberry bagel.
Order online for pickup at Mama Mel’s Kitchen in Petaluma or find Mama Mel’s pastries at the Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market select Saturdays. Mama Mel’s also supplies its gluten-free breads and bagels to various places across the county.
431 Payran Street, Building C, Petaluma, 707-595-0980, mammelsbread.com
Inspired by his grandmother Ethel’s traditional homemade Jewish comfort food, Nicolas Abrams started a bagel shop in Petaluma that delivers organic sourdough bagels throughout the Bay Area. Combining traditional and refined bagel-making techniques with local ingredients – such as Lagunitas beer, used in the boiling process – Ethel’s Bagels produces healthy and flavorful bagels that are deliciously chewy with a crispy exterior. While all the bagels get high praise, the standouts are the classic Everything Bagel and the innovative Black Pepper and Parmesan Bagel. And don’t miss the homemade Oy Vey cream cheese schmears.
Homegrown Bagels in Sonoma has been serving fresh bagels with a chewy bite and a firm, golden crust since 1978. With a healthy selection of bagels, spreads, and creative bagel sandwich options, the fun bagel combinations are endless. For a farm-fresh treat, try the Veggie Sandwich on a Tomato Basil Bagel. If you prefer a good chunk of protein in your bagel sandwich, go for the Petaluma Meltdown with grilled chicken breast, bacon and mozzarella on a classic sesame seed bagel.
201 W. Napa St., Suite 21, Sonoma, 707-996-0166, homegrownbagels.com
This Cloverdale restaurant serves a unique combination of delicious tortas and birria, as well as impressive bagels. Make your own concoction of bagel sandwiches at the Bagel Bar, which offers more than a dozen different bagels, as well as various spreads, meats, vegetables, and cheeses. Or order a bagel sandwich off the menu, like the usual Hot Mess Bagel with egg, ham and cheddar cheese on a bagel of your choice.
512 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-669-5044
Andy’s donuts and bagels
Locals can come to this unassuming mall store for the rich donuts and doughnuts, but its bagels are not to be missed. The spicy jalapeño cheese bagel is a fan favorite here, often filled with a simple cream cheese or made into an egg sandwich.
1784 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, 707-541-0877
My Friend Joe Cafe
The perfect bagel spot for weary students, My Friend Joe, across from the Santa Rosa Junior College campus, serves big bagel sandwiches for people on the go or needing a break from studying. Using bagels from Grateful Bagel on 4th Street and adding a generous amount of fresh ingredients, you have a variety of satisfying bagel sandwich options to choose from. A local favorite is the Pesto Manifesto on a cheese and pesto bagel with turkey, provolone, pesto, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and peperoncini.
1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707-843-4966
Cafe Aquatica in Jenner is a lovely place on the coast for a fresh breakfast or lunch. Although this quaint coastal cafe only has one bagel sandwich on the menu – the savory smoky lox bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, greens and all the seeds on a toasted bagel – you can create your own bagel from the modest side menu. An open bagel topped with avocado and a poached egg is a delicious hearty breakfast, or try vibrant beet spread and roasted Portobello mushrooms on a gluten-free bagel, courtesy of Mama Mel’s Kitchen.
10439 Highway 1, Jenner, 707-865-2251, cafeaquaticajenner.com