Best of Boston

2024 Best Bagel

Café Fresh Bagel

A great bagel does three things well: texture, flavor, and shape. And this longtime takeout favorite nails them all. A glossy, crackly crust with a slight chewiness gives way to an interior with plenty of “pull” to it. A hint of sweetness balances any savory toppings you might add (think: lox; chicken salad; or bacon, egg, and cheese), and a perfectly sized middle makes for even toasting and plenty of room for one of nine available flavored cream cheeses. Add a large iced coffee, and every morning is yours for the taking.

896 Highland Ave., Needham,