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The Ten Best Bagels in Miami 2021

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Bagels are a contentious subject — particularly in a city as rife with New York influence as Miami. Merely broaching the subject of the doughy breakfast staple can lead to a heated debate about the boiling process, a proper schmear, and whether it really is all about the water.

And yes, you can find a great one in Miami. You just have to know where to look.

Though Miami doesn’t have New York water flowing from its taps, we do have our share of impressive bagel makers.

Get out your lox and cream cheese, because listed below in alphabetical order are Miami’s best bagels.

Bagel Bar East is a favorite breakfast haunt for North Miami residents who crave bagels.

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Bagel Bar East

1990 NE 123rd St., North Miami

305-895-7022

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Bagel chips. Bialys. Mini bagels. Bagels by the dozen. Bagels East has it all, and the discerning bagel clientele — AKA transplanted New Yorkers — to go with it. The best part: This North Miami standby still hand-rolls, -boils, and -bakes more than a dozen varieties daily, from rye, pumpernickel, and sesame to oat bran, asiago, and blueberry. Whether you spread smoked fish or cream cheese on your bagel or prefer it as a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese, this old-school spot does Miami proud.

The Bagel Club Miami is known for its bagel sandwiches.

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The Bagel Club Miami

2400 N. Miami Ave., Miami

786-275-4397

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Chewy, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned, the bagels at the Bagel Club Miami are best when turned into the stacked, thick sandwiches that elicit uncontrollable drooling when pictured on the restaurant’s Instagram feed. Be it a classic “BEC” (bacon, egg, and cheese) or a build-your-own, there’s something on the menu for any taste with schmears like smoked salmon, whitefish, avocado, and “Volcano” (a jalapeño-infused cream cheese).

Bagel Cove is the only place to find the “Challagel,” a bagel-challah mashup.

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Bagel Cove

19003 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

305-935-4029

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For nearly 30 years, Bagel Cove has offered a consistently hearty, delicious, chewy circular bread product with a hole in it. Whether you choose pumpernickel, poppyseed, whole wheat, or plain they all go for a buck a pop, or save a dollar if you take home a dozen. Don’t miss the Friday-only “Challagel” — an unhole-y (literally, there’s no hole) combination of bagel and challah that stands as one of Bagel Cove’s rarer offerings that you can enjoy with or without a schmear.

Bagel Emporium & Grille has been serving Coral Gables — and the University of Miami — for years.

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Bagel Emporium & Grille

1238 S Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables

305-666-9519

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Its location across from the University Metrorail station has made Bagel Emporium a student hangout for what seems like decades. The students will eat all sorts of dishes from the Emporium’s extensive menu, but during the morning hours most indulge in the shop’s fresh-baked bagels that arrive dense, soft, and full of flavor. Like all the places on this list, bagels are baked fresh daily, with numerous varieties offered. All necessary accoutrements — cream cheese, smoked fish, etc. — are likewise available. Go here for the bagels and lox, which happens to be excellent at this bustling Coral Gables deli. 

Charlotte Light is the one-woman baker behind newcomer Bagel Max Miami.

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Bagel Max Miami

1951 NW Seventh Ave., Miami

305-454-9065

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Philadelphia transplant Charlotte Light is the one-woman show behind Bagel Max Miami, baking up her small-batch, hand-rolled bagels Monday through Friday inside 7th Cafe. What began as a way to fill the void of bagel bakeries in her home neighborhood of North Miami Beach in late 2021 has blossomed into a thriving delivery business and full-time pop-up at the Miami café. Before embarking on a brick-and-mortar, Light continues to up her batches, keeping up with demand, crafting dozens of bagels each weekday. Made using several types of flour and wild yeast, they offer a sweet and bold flavor that is 100 percent Miami, available in varieties including sesame, whole wheat, poppy, onion and salt, and everything.

Coral Bagels is a longtime favorite of Coconut Grove residents.

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Coral Bagels

2750 SW 26th Ave., Miami

786-767-6134

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Established in 1986, Coral Bagels isn’t exactly a diner; it’s just a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant that also just so happens to offers some of the best bagels in Miami. A locals-only spot, this hidden gem started as a bagel shop and grew into its current status as the breakfast and lunch spot favorite for Groveites in-the-know. Today the menu serves up a number of classic American diner staples alongside a bagel lineup that includes flavors like egg, sesame, blueberry, cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, and asiago. No matter which one you choose, or how you to choose to top it, you can’t go wrong with this longtime, family-run establishment.

The “King Guava” is among the most popular bagel sandwiches at El Bagel.

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El Bagel

6910 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

786-536-7365

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Matteson Koche’s takeout-only Biscayne Boulevard bagelería — not to be confused with your average bagel deli — has become Miami’s own bagel breed, a favorite since the one-day-a-week food truck pop-up’s inception in 2017. Five ingredients with no additives or conditioners make up these sourdough bagels, which are cold-fermented, boiled, and baked fresh each morning. Since opening the brick-and-mortar in March 2020, repeat customers know to order ahead via the website to avoid what would otherwise be a lengthy line. While purists can purchase an unadorned bagel or a dozen to take home, a solid list of sandwiches are the go-to options. Crafty creations include the longtime favorite “EB Original” made with thick-cut bacon, scallion cream cheese, and roasted jalapeños; or the “King Guava”, a bagel of your choice schmeared with guava jam and cream cheese finished off with papitas and a fried egg.

The “Sadelle’s Tower”

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Sadelle’s

3321 Mary St., Coconut Grove


 


305-990-8707

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A true New York transplant, Sadelle’s, which opened in downtown Manhattan in 2016, is a breakfast-centric haven that just so happens to serve some of the best bagels in America, never mind Miami. Order them as part of the “Sadelle’s Tower”: a variety of the restaurant’s bagels, including sesame, poppy, everything, everything 2.0, salt and pepper, and cinnamon raisin, served with a tower of tomato, red onion, cucumbers, and capers along with a choice of tuna or egg salad, house-smoked salmon, whitefish or salmon salad, or sturgeon.

Toasted Bagelry is a tribute to all things bagels from brothers Islam and Khaled Mohammed.

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Toasted Bagelry

Multiple area locations, including:


83 SW Eighth St., Miami


305-400-6996

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Brothers Islam and Khaled Mohammed are the team behind Toasted Bagelry & Deli, now with multiple South Florida locations, including several in Miami. The brothers say they honed their bagel-making skills at various restaurants across New York and New Jersey before relocating to Miami. What sets Toasted Bagelry & Deli apart is the Mohammed brothers’ dedication to preserving the old-school way of making bagels, using only kosher malt, flour, conditioner, and filtered water. The menu features deli classics including Nova lox with cream cheese, tomato, onions, and capers, as well as tuna and chicken salads. Guests can also choose from nine different cream cheese spreads, each prepared in-house daily.

Zak the Baker began making bagels in 2019 in response to customer feedback.

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Zak the Baker

295 NW 26th St., Miami

786-294-0876

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Zak Stern of Wynwood’s Zak the Baker didn’t always make bagels, but the people wanted — nay, demanded — them. In 2019, he acquiesced, spiking pots of boiling water with honey to test both recipe and technique. He spent months determining everything from cooking time to how onion flakes would stay put. Today, Stern’s kosher deli-style approach to baking has created the perfect foundation for making some of the Magic City’s best bagels, yielding the ideal ratio of crusty-to-chewy. Find plain, poppy, sesame, and everything bagels fresh out of the Wynwood shop’s oven around 8 a.m., and savor them solo or topped with lox, cream cheese, capers, and a dusting of fresh dill.

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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