From the little ones to the seniors, it seems every American loves a good bagel! While the debate over which bagel is best may never be settled, the delight of biting into one of these fresh baked treasures is something we can all agree on. Whether you’re preparing for a day at school, or gearing up for a day on the mountain, the bagels of New Hampshire have got you covered!
With 12 varieties of bagel and nine types of cream cheese, Bagel Cafe is sure to please even the pickiest palate. Try the bacon and scallion cream cheese or the well-loved lox bagel sandwich.
Bagels Plus is big on taste and variety. Inventive bagel flavors (think peanut butter chocolate chip and veggie alfredo), made fresh daily and served with a smile. Stop by on the weekends for a “Boissant,” a tasty bagel/croissant hybrid, and linger over bagel-themed board games.
Ani’s is a well-loved Exeter location offering bagels and coffee, both of which are superb. Ani’s also sells sandwiches and salads, as well as some seasonal items (bagel flavors, soups when it’s cold, smoothies when it’s warm). Order the jalapeno-cheddar or focaccia bagel for a true Exeter favorite.
Bagel Grounds has dedicated itself to the art of the bagel, and that devotion certainly shows. Whether you opt for a bagel with cream cheese, one with another spread like Nutella or hummus, or bagel sandwich (with iterations for both breakfast and lunch), one visit will have you hooked for life.
The menu at KB’s is all about sandwiches, available on bagels as well as other breads. While any of their bagels is delightful with just a flavored schmear, there truly is nothing like a breakfast sammie at the beach. Visit in warmer weather for outdoor seating and seasonal ice cream at this cash-only (ATM on location) classic.
A family recipe that originated in Brooklyn somehow migrated to our very own North Conway, and boy aren’t we lucky for it. Big Dave’s extensive menu might tempt you, but if you can only swing one visit, make it a bagel. Try a superb breakfast sandwich, or stick with a flawless plain with cream cheese.
For an old fashioned boiled bagel, visit Big Easy in Manchester. Whether you seek breakfast, lunch, or something in between, the sheer variety of spreads, flavors, and sandwich toppings make this an easy stop for even the choosiest among us.
The Works may not be entirely devoted to the art of the bagel, but it’s certainly an advanced portion of their repertoire. A focus on fresh, local-when-possible ingredients that result in wholesome, delicious food served in an atmosphere that feels like home. Pop in for a breakfast bagel, or build your own sandwich on one for lunch or a snack.
Whether you’re a Lakes Region local or just passing through, a stop at Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls is an absolute must for bagel lovers. A classic assortment, with gourmet, specialty, or plain cream cheese, or served up as a unique sandwich.
The locals love Peterborough’s Bagel Mill, and one visit will have you hooked as well. Fair prices, friendly service, and scrumptious bagels make this an easy pick for my list.