Best Bagels

South Street Philly Bagel

Weve come to accept the fact that New York has better bagels. They just do. But this South Street institution is the closest weve found to New Yorks greatness nice and crispy on the outside, just the right amount of soft chew on the inside and the $7.75 lox special on a toasted everything with pickles on the side will sustain you for most of the day.

613 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-627-6277 | Website

2012 WINNER, Bagels

Spread Bagelry

262 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Judging by the line out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings, we’re now a city of converts. Screw New York. We want our bagels smaller, denser, sweeter. We want them Montreal-style. And we want them from Spread in Rittenhouse Square. Read more »

2011 WINNER, Bagels

Hot Bagels and More

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If Philly is a good-bagel desert, then here, carb-lover, is your oasis: a goofily named local chain at the Jersey Shore with four outposts, bready bagels that don’t lose their chewy texture when reheated, and a chived cream cheese that constitutes all the “more” you need. Read more »

2009 WINNER, Bagels

South Street Philly Bagel

613 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

You’ll justify waiting in the steamy, cramped, un-air-conditioned quarters for these just-baked, crunchy-crusted, doughy rounds, which put other area bagel makers to shame. Health nuts can go oat or whole wheat, and there are powder-sugar-dusted French toast and chocolate chip varieties. But true bagelphiles simply order an everything smeared with the superb whipped cream cheese… Read more »