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A selection of offerings from Rubinstein Bagels, including an everything variety smeared with cream cheese
Rubinstein Bagels is quickly rising as a top Seattle bagel destination.
Peter Hilgendorf

Where to Find the Best Bagels Around the Seattle-Tacoma Area

These sensational shops show that the area’s bagel scene is truly thriving

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Rubinstein Bagels is quickly rising as a top Seattle bagel destination.
| Peter Hilgendorf

For a while, the common complaint in Seattle was that there weren’t any “good bagels,” whether that was simply because of a dearth of non-chain options in general or the persistent (debunked) myth that the water on the West Coast wasn’t up to snuff compared to the East Coast. But over the past few years, several Seattle chefs and bakers have been determined to produce better bagels in the region, opening up spots dedicated to the craft, while hand rolling, kettle boiling, and slow proofing their bagels for improved texture and taste. Check out these 12 spots baking up the best bagels in the city’s new booming bagel scene, listed from north to south.

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1. Whidbey Island Bagel Factory

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11042 WA-525 Suite #124
Clinton, WA 98236
(360) 341-4302
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At this Whidbey Island gem (with two locations), there are over two dozen bagel flavors, including the excellent rosemary, chive, and sea salt, or the creative bahn mi bagel with shredded carrot, ginger, jalapeños, and fish sauce mixed into the dough. The classic everything bagel is loaded with toppings both on the outside and inside for an extra flavorful bite.

2. Zylberschtein's

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11752 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 403-1202
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Pinehurst’s lauded bakery and deli offers many excellent bagels, which are available for takeout onsite or a wide range of delivery around the city via a bagel club. Great on their own with whipped lox schmear, the bagels are also best enjoyed loaded up with pastrami, egg, and cheddar cheese for a messy and hearty sandwich.

3. Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

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5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-5761
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Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic, dedicated to what it did best. The bagels are excellent across the board, with flavor offerings like za’atar and shichimi togarashi-topped bagels or Caesar cream cheese. There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp.

4. Mt Bagel

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1417 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107

This delivery-only bagel operation by former rock star-turned-baker Roan Hartzog offers excellent bagels by the dozen. These bagels are thick and chewy, with a blistered, dark-brown shiny crust and airy interior, well worth the weekly scramble to snag a coveted delivery spot. Customers can log on Mondays at noon to place an order for the following week, but patience is a virtue, since orders often sell out quickly.

5. Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

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928 NW Leary Way Suite #102
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-1413
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This not-quite-traditional Jewish deli in Ballard may have some unconventional items (like latke-pressed sandwiches), but owner Jonny Silverberg’s take on the classic bagel is top notch. Boiled in barley malt syrup before baking, the bagels are shiny with a crisp exterior, nice chew, and soft interior. The satisfying schmears also come in a variety of flavors, including a great herbed caper option (don’t forget to top it with the lox cured onsite).

6. Old Salt Fish and Bagels

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3621 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 294-3331
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This bagel purveyor has been a successful pandemic project by the lauded seafood restaurant Manolin. Smoked cod, kippered salmon, and coho lox sold on crusty and chewy homemade bagels or by the pound showcase this restaurant’s seafood expertise, while the beautifully blistered bagels display a mastery of bagel craftsmanship.

7. Little Lago

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2919 Fuhrman Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 922-3324
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An Italian grocer might not be the first place that comes to mind for bagels, but this Portage Bay neighborhood spot is quietly producing some of the city’s best. All the classics are available, and there’s a parmesan option, a thematic no-brainer with lots of cheese on the outside to form a delectable salty crust. 

8. Loxsmith

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209 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

Loxsmith’s so-called “bagel bodega” operates out of Nacho Borracho on Broadway and channels the East Coast with breakfast sandwiches like the bacon, egg, and cheese, also available with New Jersey pork roll. The Hot Takis-crusted bagels and pepperoni pizza options are playful delights, while an impressive lineup of cured fish, from sable to smoked halibut, round out the menu.

9. Rubinstein Bagels

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 550-1666
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This Belltown bakery in the Via6 complex specializes in sourdough bagels, which gives the offerings a subtle tang and moist crumb, while still achieving the traditional bagel chew. There are over a dozen flavors here, from the basics to tempting novelties like cacio e pepe, shallot, and chocolate chip. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming second shop on Capitol Hill.

10. Eltana

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1538 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 724-0660
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This Capitol Hill restaurant (with a Ballard outpost) offers a bit of an alternative, as it specializes in wood-fired Montreal-style bagels. Thinner and less chewy, the bagels make for perfect sandwiches, including the grilled halloumi, egg, and arugula option. They’re also fantastic served with Eltana’s cream cheese spreads, such as the spicy garlic, as well as infused butters.

11. Westman's Bagel and Coffee

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1509 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

This walk-up window on Capitol Hill was among the first in the city to really up the city’s bagel game with a variety of terrific schmears and sandwiches. The Acme Co. Whitefish is the hidden gem of the menu — this smoked trout from Brooklyn on an everything bagel is a salty breakfast wonder.

12. Howdy Bagel

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2702 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407

This small bagel business started by two friends out of their home during the pandemic has expanded into a robust delivery program and pop-up on Saturdays at the Proctor Farmers Market in TAcoma. The bagel lineup includes all the classics (plus a za’atar bagel), while the schmears range from lemon dill to the excellent cowboy spiced variety with tomato jam, adobo chili peppers, and jalapeños.

1. Whidbey Island Bagel Factory

11042 WA-525 Suite #124, Clinton, WA 98236

At this Whidbey Island gem (with two locations), there are over two dozen bagel flavors, including the excellent rosemary, chive, and sea salt, or the creative bahn mi bagel with shredded carrot, ginger, jalapeños, and fish sauce mixed into the dough. The classic everything bagel is loaded with toppings both on the outside and inside for an extra flavorful bite.

11042 WA-525 Suite #124
Clinton, WA 98236

2. Zylberschtein's

11752 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Pinehurst’s lauded bakery and deli offers many excellent bagels, which are available for takeout onsite or a wide range of delivery around the city via a bagel club. Great on their own with whipped lox schmear, the bagels are also best enjoyed loaded up with pastrami, egg, and cheddar cheese for a messy and hearty sandwich.

11752 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

3. Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

5451 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic, dedicated to what it did best. The bagels are excellent across the board, with flavor offerings like za’atar and shichimi togarashi-topped bagels or Caesar cream cheese. There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp.

5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Mt Bagel

1417 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

This delivery-only bagel operation by former rock star-turned-baker Roan Hartzog offers excellent bagels by the dozen. These bagels are thick and chewy, with a blistered, dark-brown shiny crust and airy interior, well worth the weekly scramble to snag a coveted delivery spot. Customers can log on Mondays at noon to place an order for the following week, but patience is a virtue, since orders often sell out quickly.

1417 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

928 NW Leary Way Suite #102, Seattle, WA 98107

This not-quite-traditional Jewish deli in Ballard may have some unconventional items (like latke-pressed sandwiches), but owner Jonny Silverberg’s take on the classic bagel is top notch. Boiled in barley malt syrup before baking, the bagels are shiny with a crisp exterior, nice chew, and soft interior. The satisfying schmears also come in a variety of flavors, including a great herbed caper option (don’t forget to top it with the lox cured onsite).

928 NW Leary Way Suite #102
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Old Salt Fish and Bagels

3621 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

This bagel purveyor has been a successful pandemic project by the lauded seafood restaurant Manolin. Smoked cod, kippered salmon, and coho lox sold on crusty and chewy homemade bagels or by the pound showcase this restaurant’s seafood expertise, while the beautifully blistered bagels display a mastery of bagel craftsmanship.

3621 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Little Lago

2919 Fuhrman Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

An Italian grocer might not be the first place that comes to mind for bagels, but this Portage Bay neighborhood spot is quietly producing some of the city’s best. All the classics are available, and there’s a parmesan option, a thematic no-brainer with lots of cheese on the outside to form a delectable salty crust. 

2919 Fuhrman Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

8. Loxsmith

209 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Loxsmith’s so-called “bagel bodega” operates out of Nacho Borracho on Broadway and channels the East Coast with breakfast sandwiches like the bacon, egg, and cheese, also available with New Jersey pork roll. The Hot Takis-crusted bagels and pepperoni pizza options are playful delights, while an impressive lineup of cured fish, from sable to smoked halibut, round out the menu.

209 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

9. Rubinstein Bagels

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This Belltown bakery in the Via6 complex specializes in sourdough bagels, which gives the offerings a subtle tang and moist crumb, while still achieving the traditional bagel chew. There are over a dozen flavors here, from the basics to tempting novelties like cacio e pepe, shallot, and chocolate chip. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming second shop on Capitol Hill.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Eltana

1538 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This Capitol Hill restaurant (with a Ballard outpost) offers a bit of an alternative, as it specializes in wood-fired Montreal-style bagels. Thinner and less chewy, the bagels make for perfect sandwiches, including the grilled halloumi, egg, and arugula option. They’re also fantastic served with Eltana’s cream cheese spreads, such as the spicy garlic, as well as infused butters.

1538 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Westman's Bagel and Coffee

1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122

This walk-up window on Capitol Hill was among the first in the city to really up the city’s bagel game with a variety of terrific schmears and sandwiches. The Acme Co. Whitefish is the hidden gem of the menu — this smoked trout from Brooklyn on an everything bagel is a salty breakfast wonder.

1509 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Howdy Bagel

2702 N Proctor St, Tacoma, WA 98407

This small bagel business started by two friends out of their home during the pandemic has expanded into a robust delivery program and pop-up on Saturdays at the Proctor Farmers Market in TAcoma. The bagel lineup includes all the classics (plus a za’atar bagel), while the schmears range from lemon dill to the excellent cowboy spiced variety with tomato jam, adobo chili peppers, and jalapeños.

2702 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407

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