Sure, you can toast a store-bought bagel at home or stop by a corporate chain for a mass-produced pick, but there’s nothing like indulging in a bagel from a small, local shop that takes pride in crafting the best tasting option possible.
From storied family businesses to newer eateries putting unique spins on the breakfast staple, here are five metro Detroit bagel shops serving up flavorful fare.
This family-owned business has everything from bagels, sandwiches, smoothies, and coffee that is good for breakfast and lunch. Eastside Bagel never steams their bagels. Instead, bagels are water-boiled and hearth-baked to achieve the best tasting results. Serving their customers for two decades, they offer an extensive menu featuring egg and sausage bagel sandwiches, chicken Caesar salads, ham and Swiss sandwiches, and even pizza bagels. If you can’t decide what to pick, a single bagel paired with the shop’s fresh whipped or flavored cream cheese is always a safe bet. Eastside Bagel, 21601 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-775-8820; eastsidebagel.com.
New York Bagel
New York Bagel has three metro Detroit locations and carries bagels, sandwiches, and even bagels for dogs. The Best of Detroit-winning shop, which has been operating for nearly 100 years, makes its bagels from scratch, and they contain no trans-fats, preservatives, dairy, or peanut products. Some flavors include sesame, cinnamon sugar, blueberry, and whole wheat. New York bagel also hosts bagel sales at local schools to help raise funds for special classroom projects, activities, and materials. Visit newyorkbagel-detroit.com for locations.
This spot makes and bakes fresh bagels everyday by hand with only five ingredients — flour, water, yeast, malt, and salt — in the same way that New York bakers make theirs. They come in classic flavors like everything and poppy seed, and signature flavors including rosemary olive oil, and blueberry. Try them with Vermont-made flavored cream cheese or in a sandwich. Visit brueggers.com for locations.
In business for more than 55 years, the Detroit Bagel makes delicious bagels in small batches that are sold hours — sometimes even minutes — fresh out of the oven. Alongside its award-winning bagels, the shop offers deli staples such as hot corned beef and turkey sandwiches. The homemade whipped cream cheese complements the wide variety of bagel flavors including mozzarella, pumpernickel, and chocolate chip. Every Tuesday is bagel day at the Detroit Bagel Factory, so enjoy a special dozen bagels for only $10. Detroit Bagel Factory, 18760 Middlebelt Road, Livonia; 248-482-2435; detroitbagel.net.
Detroit Institute of Bagels
After closing its doors at the height of the pandemic, Detroit Institute of Bagels (DIB) made a comeback in the old location of Ochre Bakery in Core Town. DIB offers both baked and boiled bagels, breakfast sandwiches, handmade Jewish Bread, coffee, and more. The Detroit Institute of Bagels, 4884 Grand River Ave., Suite 1B, Detroit; 313-512-8292; detroitinstituteofbagels.com.
This post has been updated for 2020.