Best of Boston

Best Bagel

2001 Best Bagel, West

Café Fresh Bagel

Needham
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 […] read more»
2000 Best Bagel

Cafe Fresh

Dedham
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 […] read more»
1999 Best Bagel

Cafe Fresh Bagel

Dedham
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 […] read more»
1998 Best Bagel

Brooklyn Bagel

Framingham
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 […] read more»
1997 Best Bagel

Finagle A Bagel

Boston
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: […] 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 […] read more»
1990 Best Bagel

Kupel’s Bake & Bagel

Brookline
It’s not New York, but it’s the best we’ve got. read more»
1986 Best Bagel

Kupel’s

Brookline
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1982 Best Bagel

Rosenfeld’s

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

Brookline
Why is that the best Boston bagel is always found out of town? read more»
1978 Best Bagel

Al Jaffe’s Pick-A-Chick

Brookline
We deferred to our readers here. “Softer than Eagerman’s,” one wrote on her ballot. “So fresh out of the oven they’ll burn your hands,” said […] read more»