New York and New Jersey expats have far less standing to gripe about bagels in Washington than they did just a few years ago, thanks to semi-recent and expanding additions like “Jew-ish” deli Call Your Mother, labor of love Pearl’s Bagels, the homegrown Bullfrog Bagels, and more. Here are 15 places to find standout bagels around town, including plenty of options for online ordering.Read More
15 Places to Find Standout Bagels Around D.C.
Bakeries, delis, and mom-and-pops that serve up the best rounds to go with lox and cream cheese
Goldberg's New York Bagels (Multiple locations)
This local chain has been supplying D.C. diners with New York-style bagels and bagel sandwiches for nearly two decades. Order via phone or on-site.
Bagels 'n Grinds (Multiple locations)
Owner Adam Greenberg takes his bagels seriously, following a 10-step process that involves a proprietary water treatment facility and New York-style baking techniques. Order online for pickup.
Bethesda Bagels (Multiple Locations)
As a homegrown chain that started in 1982, Bethesda Bagels has long been a go-to for New York-style bagels. Order online here.
In addition to producing baguettes, croissants, and cookies, James Beard Award-winning baker Mark Furstenberg makes bagels at his Van Ness shop. Call ahead for bagels, or order online for pickup or delivery.
The stellar all-day cafe and bakery in Mount Pleasant also dips its hand into the world of bagels, serving them with butter, cream cheese, jam, or even beet-cured salmon.
Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)
The hit “Jew-ish” deli selling wood-fired bagels from chef Daniela Moreira and her Timber Pizza Co. partners has expanded in a big way during the pandemic. The Georgetown store drew national attention when it received a visit from President Joe Biden’s motorcade. Call Your Mother is known for its bacon (or pastrami) egg and cheese and funky combinations like mashed avocado and Fritos. Other innovations include a nacho-jalapeno cream cheese and the addition of a cheddar bagel.
A tried and true breakfast option is the bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel at this small, cash-only shop in Dupont. Call ahead.
This newcomer from Albi chef Michael Rafidi offers Jerusalem-style bagels (sadly its Navy Yard location is no more).
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Buffalo & Bergen (Multiple locations)
The bagel dough at this old-school soda counter is made with New York City water, then shipped down daily for proofing, dressing, and baking on-site. Bagels form the base of offbeat sandwiches with fun names like the Original Sinner and the Mountain Shiksa. They also have a pretty epic Bloody Mary. Order online for takeout and delivery at both locales, with outdoor seating options too.
Chewy, plump bagels that rise with the assistance of sourdough starter come from this small shop in Mt. Vernon Triangle with roots in New Jersey. Doctor up classic bagel flavors with honey butter or a jalapeno cheddar spread. Cold brew and drip coffee come from beans supplied by Small World Coffee in Princeton. Order here for pickup through 1 p.m.
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Bullfrog Bagels (Multiple locations)
George Washington University students flock to more than 75-year-old GW Deli, aka Leo’s. Breakfast sandwiches are the move here, and New Jersey expats will be pleased to find Taylor pork roll bagels. Walk in to choose from several varieties of bagels.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
This Court House shop has a nice variety of flavors, from Asiago to French toast, and possesses the speed and gruff delivery of a New York bagel joint. Order here for pickup and delivery.
At various points a hit farmers market stall and a nomadic Del Ray pop-up, Bagel Uprising finally got its own space in 2019. Stomping Ground chef Nicole Jones partnered with lawyer-turned-bagel maker Chad Breckinridge on the project. He oversees classic rounds that, at about 4 ounces a piece, are smaller than the typical carb splurge. She concocts spreads like lingonberry jam or a smoked whitefish salad that comes with a bright ring of red roe. Order online for same-day pickups until 1 p.m.
The Chewish Deli (Multiple Locations)
This relative newcomer to the scene now has two locations. Founder Gregg Linzey went from hobby baker to pop-up purveyor to restaurant owner, offering traditional flavors like poppy, sesame, and everything. There are build-your-own bagel sandwiches, too. Online ordering here.