Best of Philly 2009: Bagel
South Street Philly Bagels, Inc.
613 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
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 — and then a plain to eat on the walk home.