Ah, the search for the perfect bagel goes on.
Maybe not perfect. But at least outstanding.
Milwaukee, like most cities, has two bagel chain places, Einstein's and Bruegger's. I don't mind either one, although if I had a preference I guess I'd go with Einstein's.
But both places leave me a little dissatisfied. The best bagel I've ever had was a regular one I bought in New York from a breakfast truck.
For me, there are a couple of things that make a great bagel. One is the texture. It must be chewy but it can't be hard to chew. You shouldn't have to work to get a bagel chewed. The crust should be crisp and the inside chewy.
The second thing is the flavor. It has to have a little bit of yeast taste. Yeast is added to flour, water, salt and malt syrup to make the bagel dough. I like to get a little bit of the unique flavor of the yeast in my bagel.
And they are hard to find in Milwaukee. I've been to most grocery stores and many of the bakeries in Milwaukee. I've been to the two great deli's, Benji's and Jake's. And as of yet, I haven't found the great bagel.
Ah, well. The search continues.
Ever tried H&H Bagels?......"No bagel, no bagel, no bagel, no bagel!!!!!"
Brueggers pre-boils bagels before baking; I like them if fresh out of oven. Jonathan's bagels were the best.
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