A decades-old sourdough starter plus 24 hours of fermentation put these handmade bagels above the rest, which explains the frequent lines. From plain and pretzel to olive and everything, the chewy texture and crackly crust make each variety perfect as-is, untoasted, but you can top with a number of classic or unusual spreads including honey rosemary cream cheese, mustard butter and beet hummus.
You’ll find extreme loyalty when it comes to favorites, but the common denominator of the best bagels in Boston is that they are satisfying in both texture and flavor—dense and chewy, with a slightly crispy exterior. Flavors run the gamut from classic plain to flavor-bomb everything to more extreme options like chocolate chip or jalapeno-cheddar. Top it off with a cream cheese spread or go all in with a bagel sandwich. These bagel spots know how to stuff theirs with delicious ingredients that are sure to satisfy. If you’re looking for a heartier breakfast option, check out the best breakfasts in Boston. For different sort of circular treat, try one of Boston’s best donuts. Or for something different yet equally carb-o-licious, peruse our list of the best bakeries in Boston.
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