With the plethora of bagel haunts dotting South Florida, one question rises with the yeast: Who bakes the best? We decided to load up on carbs and find out, so we put five neighborhood favorites to the test.
Using a scale of 1-5 (low to high), our tasting committee assessed plain bagels from the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., Bagel Boyz, Makeb’s, Way Beyond Bagels and Bagel City South on six important qualities: appearance; crust composition (perhaps the most crucial aspect of the bagel anatomy); dough density (Chewy? Hard? Sticky? Perfect?); where it fell on the savory index; and how well it stood up to the schmear. So where is the best baker’s dozen? Read on for our humble opinion.
And the winner is ... Way Beyond Bagels in Delray Beach. Its old-school, kettle-boiled bagels, excellent in every category, had us longing for more. The locals’ favorites: sourdough pecan raisin and spinach. (561-638-1320, waybeyondbagels.com)
Did we get it right? You be the judge and vote for your favorite bagel Palm Beach County. When voting, take into account the five factors for the perfect bagel by using our handy dandy survery form (PDF). As an added bonus, a $50 gift card to Rocco's Tacos will be given to one lucky voter at random.