There is an increasing amount of bagel variations these days—cheese, onion, chocolate, everything. I’ve even come across a sweet potato version. I kid you not. So, how do you decide where to go for the perfect bagel?
All chains aside, Metro Detroit is home to several bagel shops that have perfected the art of this wonderful boiled and baked bread product, all the while adding their own special twists.
Detroit Institute of Bagels is located at 1236 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. DIB is one of Motown’s newest bagel shops and has already had an overwhelming response since the Thanksgiving Day opening. The shop was scheduled to have open doors 7 days a week, but since the bagels have been in such high demand, DIB will now close shop on Thursdays to allow themselves a day just to catch up on baking!
New York Bagel, located at 23316 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, is right down the street from my office so naturally, I stop in from time to time. They offer several bagel varieties (including the Dogel, a bagel created specifically for dogs), but I have grown particularly fond of the sesame and egg flavors.
Eastside Bagel, located at 21601 Harper Ave. in St. Clair Shores, is a family-owned business that has been serving Metro Detroit since 1994. In addition to the great bagels, they serves salads, sandwiches, soups, and more. Might I suggest the everything bagel with veggie cream cheese? If you’re headed in for lunch, the Chicken Caesar on a Toasted Parmesan bagel is never going to be a bad choice.
The Bagel Factory Café, located at 5389 Crooks Rd. in Troy, is another great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. Make sure to get there early though; it closes at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The sugar cinnamon and maple nut bagels are definitely a must try, but take a gander at the menu to see which one catches your eye, as there are more than enough flavors to choose from.
The Original Bagel Factory, located at 24551 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Southfield, has been in business since the 1970s. This place is home to the original “fragel”- a deep fried cinnamon and raisin bagel coated with crunchy cinnamon sugar. Sure, it may not be the healthiest of breakfast options, but sometimes you just have to live a little, and chowing down a “fragel” is a great way to do so.
So, what are you waiting for? Throw on your seven layers of winter gear and head out for a bite to eat. It’s bagel time.