Best of Boston

BEST Bagel

2001 BEST Bagel, West

Café Fresh Bagel


Generous but not too doughy, these fat, warm bagels draw long lines of in-the-know commuters every morning. And the counter staff brooks no delays, welcoming regulars without missing an order. The bagel selection rivals that of any New York bagelry,… read more»

2000 BEST Bagel

Cafe Fresh


Though we have many advantages as a city, Boston is not New York when it comes to bagels. Thank goodness for Cafe Fresh, a suburban outfit doing its best to raise everyone’s favorite breakfast carb to a higher level. The… read more»

1999 BEST Bagel

Cafe Fresh Bagel


They’re plump and chewy, not the leaden wheels so many bagel shops offer. Even visiting New Yorkers keep H&H comparisons under wraps when they’re served these bready wonders at brunch. Don’t feel like driving to the burbs for a bagel?… read more»

1998 BEST Bagel

Brooklyn Bagel


How far did we have to go to find the best bagel? To Brooklyn, by way of Framingham Center. Firm on the outside, hot on the inside, these babies come in varieties that torment purists and tantalize the rest of… read more»

1997 BEST Bagel

Finagle A Bagel


Their initials don’t spell FAB for nothing. Soft and chewy on the inside, with a firm-but-not-crunchy shell, Finagle’s are what bagels are supposed to be: not too round, not too heavy, not too big. In a variety of flavors ranging… read more»

1995 BEST Bagel

Finagle A Bagel

At last, a treat we can enjoy without guilt. Finagle bagels have very little fat and most varieties have no cholesterol, and they are still fabulous. Of course, they’re even better topped with one of the shop’s cream-cheese spreads. Our… read more»

1990 BEST Bagel

Kupel’s Bake & Bagel


It’s not New York, but it’s the best we’ve got. read more»

1986 BEST Bagel



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1982 BEST Bagel


Newton Centre

This newcomer edges out Hall of Famer Jaffe’s Pick-A-Chick for the first time. Crustier and tastier than the perennial favorite. read more»

1980 BEST Bagel

Jaffe’s Pick-A-Chick


Why is that the best Boston bagel is always found out of town? read more»