20 of the Best Bagel Shops Across the Country
Founded in 1976 by an Austrian baking family, Ess-a-Bagel is considered by many to produce the best bagels in Gotham, which explains the hourlong wait patrons have experienced at busy times, according to reviews on Zomato. Still, devoted customers say this New York institution is well worth the wait for a classic, New York-style bagel.
First opened in 1947, this small franchise specializes in New York-style bagels with a West Coast twist. The chain has 11 locations in the Los Angeles area, primarily in the San Fernando Valley, but they all have one thing in common -- amazing bagels that are "softer and chewier than the typical dense and harder East Coast bagel."
A & S Bagels operates a 24/7 retail store where customers can stop in anytime and select from a huge variety of bagels, from plain, poppy, and sesame to French toast pumpernickel, and more. Reviewers on TripAdvisor warn that there's often a line, but it's definitely worth the wait.