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I could (but I won't) eat a bagel every day.

Milwaukee's best bagels (according to me)


For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2011."

I'm OK with certain stereotypes. As a Jewish guy, it's true that I run a media company and love bagels.

The media company wasn't my a life-long goal or something I inherited, but bagels – man, I've loved them forever. Having lived on the East Coast from ages 13-21, I ate some of the best of the world, and unfortunately, Milwaukee is not exactly a hot-bed of bagel activity. (R.I.P., Blue Dog Bagels ... )

Still, some are better than others, chain or otherwise. Here are my top five (though, in reality, I can't think of a lot more than five). Chime in with your favorites using the Talkback feature below.

  1. Benji's
  2. Einstein Bros.
  3. Alterra
  4. Cosi
  5. Bruegger's

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captain | Oct. 25, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. (report)

Bagels suck! There's no such thing as a good one.

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alog70 | Oct. 21, 2011 at 8:06 p.m. (report)

What the heck??!! Einsteins?? Brueggers is the ONLY bagel in town!

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bookem14 | Oct. 21, 2011 at 3:56 p.m. (report)

The bagels in Milwaukee are no better than Wonderbread. My best bagel experience was at Hot Bagels in Fairlawn, NJ.

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lks | Oct. 21, 2011 at 8:01 a.m. (report)

I enjoy Panera's bagels. They are light and fluffy, while Bruegers are more dense.

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brienlee | Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:34 p.m. (report)

Einstein bagels are basically foam, their cream cheese essentially whipped cream. This wasn't the case when they came to town maybe a 15 years ago, but they kept fiddling with their recipes and serving methods to up their throughput. Bruggers is better, Benji's the best.

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