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A king salmon lox bagel from Seattle’s Loxsmith Bagels.
Matthew Segal

Where to Find Sensational Bagels Around the Seattle Area

The area’s bagel scene is thriving, with options for chewy New-York-style bagel breakfast sandwiches, Montreal-style wood-fired bagels, toro and uni bagels, and more

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A king salmon lox bagel from Seattle’s Loxsmith Bagels.
| Matthew Segal

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. Recent Seattle transplant and famous food writer J. Kenji López-Alt even made the contentious declaration in 2021 that the city’s bagels stand up to New York’s best. Check out these 12 spots baking up the best bagels in the city’s now-booming bagel scene. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

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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 (now with three locations), there are over two dozen bagel flavors, including the excellent rosemary, chive, and sea salt, and a creative “bahn mi” bagel with shredded carrot, ginger, jalapeños, and fish sauce mixed into the dough for a super savory bite. The classic everything bagel has a thin, less chewy crust and iis loaded with toppings both on the outside and inside.

2. Zylberschtein's

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11752 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 403-1202
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Pinehurst’s neighborhood 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. Created by master baker, Josh Grunig, these bagels have a subtle sourdough tang and chewy, but airy interior. Great on their own with whipped lox schmear, the bagels are best enjoyed loaded up with pastrami, egg, and cheddar cheese for a messy and hearty sandwich. Grunig’s bagels can now also be found in Seward Park, at Muriel’s, a new Kosher dairy restaurant and pareve bakery.

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. These perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. The shop also serves special flavors each day of the week, with pepperoni bagels offered each Wednesday.

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, which is 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. Rubinstein Bagels

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 550-1666
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Rubinstein’s 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. This fast-growing bagel favorite has two locations, in Belltown and Capitol Hill, with plans for a forthcoming location in Downtown Redmond to open later this year.

9. 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 an alternative to the  bagels at other spots in Seattle with its wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels. Thinner, slightly sweeter, 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 a variety of infused butters.

10. 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 Seattle to really up the city’s bagel game, with a New York-style, dense and chewy bagel served with a variety of terrific schmears or as sandwiches. The house-smoked whitefish sandwich is the hidden gem of the menu — the smoked trout on an everything bagel making a salty breakfast wonder. There’s also a vegan bagel sandwich made with carrot lox, vegan schmear, and herb caper dressing that’s far from traditional but makes for a wonderfully bright and tangy bagel sandwich.

11. Loxsmith Bagels

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inside Harried & Hungry, 515 S Michigan St
Seattle, WA 98108

Loxsmith’s “bagel bodega” channels the East Coast with breakfast sandwiches like the bacon, egg, and cheese, also available with New Jersey pork roll. The pepperoni pizza is a playful delight, while an impressive lineup of cured fish, from sable to smoked halibut, round out the menu. But don’t leave without trying the shop’s house-made king salmon lox or the creative sushi-inspired bagels and bialys with toro, uni, and ikura. It’s currently operating out of a commissary kitchen inside of Georgetown deli Harried and Hungry but is opening a permanent Beacon Hill location in April.

12. Howdy Bagel

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2702 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407

This small bagel business started by Jake Carter and his partner Daniel Blagovich 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 which also occasionally pops up in Seattle. The bagel lineup includes all the classics (plus a za’atar bagel), served with schmears or as innovative open-faced bagel tartines. Hand-rolled, the bagels are smaller than your average, but not too dense, with a crisp crust. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming brick-and-mortar shop on South Tacoma Way.

1. Whidbey Island Bagel Factory

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

At this Whidbey Island gem (now with three locations), there are over two dozen bagel flavors, including the excellent rosemary, chive, and sea salt, and a creative “bahn mi” bagel with shredded carrot, ginger, jalapeños, and fish sauce mixed into the dough for a super savory bite. The classic everything bagel has a thin, less chewy crust and iis loaded with toppings both on the outside and inside.

11042 WA-525 Suite #124
Clinton, WA 98236

2. Zylberschtein's

11752 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Pinehurst’s neighborhood 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. Created by master baker, Josh Grunig, these bagels have a subtle sourdough tang and chewy, but airy interior. Great on their own with whipped lox schmear, the bagels are best enjoyed loaded up with pastrami, egg, and cheddar cheese for a messy and hearty sandwich. Grunig’s bagels can now also be found in Seward Park, at Muriel’s, a new Kosher dairy restaurant and pareve bakery.

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. These perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. The shop also serves special flavors each day of the week, with pepperoni bagels offered each Wednesday.

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, which is 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. Rubinstein Bagels

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Rubinstein’s 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. This fast-growing bagel favorite has two locations, in Belltown and Capitol Hill, with plans for a forthcoming location in Downtown Redmond to open later this year.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Eltana

1538 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This Capitol Hill restaurant (with a Ballard outpost) offers an alternative to the  bagels at other spots in Seattle with its wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels. Thinner, slightly sweeter, 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 a variety of infused butters.

1538 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. 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 Seattle to really up the city’s bagel game, with a New York-style, dense and chewy bagel served with a variety of terrific schmears or as sandwiches. The house-smoked whitefish sandwich is the hidden gem of the menu — the smoked trout on an everything bagel making a salty breakfast wonder. There’s also a vegan bagel sandwich made with carrot lox, vegan schmear, and herb caper dressing that’s far from traditional but makes for a wonderfully bright and tangy bagel sandwich.

1509 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Loxsmith Bagels

inside Harried & Hungry, 515 S Michigan St, Seattle, WA 98108

Loxsmith’s “bagel bodega” channels the East Coast with breakfast sandwiches like the bacon, egg, and cheese, also available with New Jersey pork roll. The pepperoni pizza is a playful delight, while an impressive lineup of cured fish, from sable to smoked halibut, round out the menu. But don’t leave without trying the shop’s house-made king salmon lox or the creative sushi-inspired bagels and bialys with toro, uni, and ikura. It’s currently operating out of a commissary kitchen inside of Georgetown deli Harried and Hungry but is opening a permanent Beacon Hill location in April.

inside Harried & Hungry, 515 S Michigan St
Seattle, WA 98108

12. Howdy Bagel

2702 N Proctor St, Tacoma, WA 98407

This small bagel business started by Jake Carter and his partner Daniel Blagovich 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 which also occasionally pops up in Seattle. The bagel lineup includes all the classics (plus a za’atar bagel), served with schmears or as innovative open-faced bagel tartines. Hand-rolled, the bagels are smaller than your average, but not too dense, with a crisp crust. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming brick-and-mortar shop on South Tacoma Way.

2702 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407

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