The Best Bagels In Miami
Because you woke up thinking about one thing and one thing only: bagels.
Whether you’re brutally hungover or just finished a 60-minute, 8am spin class, a bagel is always a good call. And though we’re certainly no New York when it comes to the sheer quantity of our bagel selection, we’ve got a couple of really wonderful options in our backyard. You’ll find those and more on this guide, which we hope comes in handy the next time you’re in dire need of bread and cream cheese in the morning.
There aren’t many bagels in town that make us want to get the word “bagel” tattooed on our forehead. But El Bagel is the exception. It is the best bagel experience in Miami. This is thanks to the always-fresh bagels—which are soft and chewy—but also the stuff they put between the bagels, like roasted jalapenos, thick bacon from Proper Sausage, and sweet guava marmalade. There is a reason they sell out nearly every day of the week. And if you see us walking around with a bagel face tattoo in the future, you’ll know why.
LNB Grovestand operates from a quiet parking lot in West Kendall on Saturday and Sunday, and it's more of a farmer's market than a restaurant. They do, however, make a turmeric everything bagel with scallion cream cheese that is worth traveling for, no matter how far from West Kendall you may be. They only offer them on Sundays, but these are bagels well worth carving into your calendar. The turmeric gives them a golden color and (obviously) a subtle turmeric flavor. But, turmeric aside, these are also just pitch-perfect bagels: a light, bubbly crisp on the outside that gives way to a soft, chewy interior. It's as perfect a bagel as we've found in Miami—and it pairs beautifully with the rainbow smoothies (made with local tropical fruits) they also make here. There are no tables where you can eat, so take it to the nearby Camp Matecumbe Children’s Park for a bagel picnic.
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Zak The Baker
This Wynwood bakery is incapable of baking something that’s not delicious. Hand them your shoe and it will emerge 30 minutes later, golden brown and fragrant. Zak the Baker didn’t always make bagels, but when they finally put them on the menu, we knew it was going to be a home run. We were right. You can tell months of development went into making these bagels from both the bubbly crust and perfectly distributed seasoning. The result is yet another Miami bagel worthy of, at the very least, a neck tattoo.
photo credit: Cleveland Jennings
All DayIf Miami’s government had a breakfast department, we’d nominate All Day to lead it. Not only are they brilliant coffee scientists, but their menu of breakfast and brunch-appropriate things is unanimously excellent. One of those things is a gorgeous everything bagel they make in house. It is worthy of your attention even among a menu full of breakfast all-stars, especially if you order one before 10am, when they're fresh from the oven.
We really like this little Surfside deli. Josh’s has great things like spicy tuna latkes and an excellent pastrami sandwich, but they make some tasty bagels too. You can order one with a cured salmon platter or as a side with your lobster omelette. The bagels are simple but tasty, and will definitely satisfy any and all bagel cravings you’ve been having lately.
Kendall outsiders may be surprised the area has some solid bagel options. But before croquetas took over, bagels were as common in this part of Dade as Michael Kors bags in TJ Maxx. Bagel Express is one of those old-school Kendall bagel shops. Bagels here strike the perfect balance between soft and chewy, the lox schmear is smooth and savory, and the coffee is hot. It’s also kind of trippy to eat a bagel in a place that feels less like being on the set of The Nanny—which is what you’d get in Aventura—and more like ¿Qué Pasa USA?.
Bagel Cove is a little north in Aventura, but it’s a classic spot and is also proof that there are other things in Aventura besides a mall. We like the bagels here. They’re nothing too fancy, but they’re fresh and if you get a fish platter on the side, it’ll come on a fish-shaped plate. Isn’t that cute?
Bagel Bar East
This simple breakfast spot is the kind of place you can come with your family on the weekend and everyone will find something they like on the big menu. One thing we usually go for is the everything bagel with nova spread. They do not skimp on the nova—or the cream cheese. It all bursts out of the center hole like a volcano, which makes for a slightly messy yet satisfying bagel experience. It also comes with an orange wedge. We love a surprise orange wedge.