Don’t want eggs? No taste for bacon? Have craving for the perfect bagel? We found the best places to get bagels in Chicago.
NYC Bagel Deli
300 S. Wacker, Chicago (312) 922-7500
1001 W. North Avenue (312) 274-1278
Don’t let the name fool you. This bagel deli is in sweet home Chicago with the taste of tradition in every bite. The dough is hand-rolled and the bagels are steamed and then baked. You would be hard-pressed to find a better lox-and-cream-cheese sandwich anywhere else. Add any one of the 10 cream cheese choices to these old school bagels with their trademark puffy interior and moist crust.
If you’re looking for homemade bagels and sandwiches at great prices, Jaffa Bakery needs to be on your list. There are a wide variety of toppings to go with the bagels, including nine different flavors of cream cheese. If cream cheese isn’t your thing, pick your poison between peanut butter, humus, or assorted cheeses.
Chicago Bagel Authority
953 W. Armitage, Chicago
The Chicago Bagel Authority has been around since 1998 and models itself after Bagel & Deli at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The CBA is the home of the steamed bagel sandwich. You won’t find any regular old bagels here. CBA prides itself on being unique and creative, with names such as the DePaul Reuben and The CLAYBOY. CBA is “changing the world one bagel at time!”
New York Bagel and Bialy
4714 Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood
For more than 20 years, NYBB has been churning about delectable dough 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The onion version, with caramelized golden bits and salt and poppy bagels are two of the most popular selections. And don’t forget the other eats like chopped liver, Doc Brown’s soda and corned beef.
4905 W. Dempster St., Chicago
So you know how they say you may have to travel to find the best quality. Most reviews say the bagels and pastries from Kaufman’s Delicatessen & Bakery are worth the drive to Skokie. All breads are baked fresh daily. If you just can’t make it to Skokie, they will ship “What you want, Where you want, When you want.”