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.
Detroit Institute of Bagels
Named “Best Bagels – Single Location” by Hour Detroit readers in 2019, This Corktown bagel shop offers catering, soups, hot oatmeal, salads, sides, drinks, and, of course, delicious bagels. For the best results, the Detroit Institute of Bagels’ chewy textured bagels are made using the traditional technique of boiling and baking. The eatery offers special bagel varieties such as rosemary sea salt and jalapeño cheddar along with flavored cream cheeses like scallion, strawberry, and lemon zest. And, vegan bagel sandwiches — including the Vegan BLT, which is made with tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and red onion marmalade — were recently added to the menu. The Detroit Institute of Bagels, 1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-788-7342; detroitinstituteofbagels.com
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.
Bagel Factory Café
This Troy-based breakfast and lunch spot carries baked goods, a variety of coffee, and 30 flavors of bagels, including classics like plain and sesame and unique options like cranberry walnut and sun-dried tomato. Toppings include flavored cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and cream cheese and sliced lox, and breakfast sandwiches with a bagel base and variations of scrambled egg, meat, and cheese can also be ordered. Finally, you can opt to order one of the shop’s 20 additional sandwiches — such as a Pesto Melt, BLT, and California Club — with a bagel as your “bread” of choice. If you plan to visit frequently, ask for a punch card and earn your way to a free coffee. Bagel Factory Café, 5389 Crooks Rd., Troy; 248-267-9997; bagelfactorycafe.com
In business for 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 corned beef on rye and egg and cheese bagel 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 $7.50. Detroit Bagel Factory, 18760 Middlebelt Rd.; 248-482-2435; detroitbagel.net