The State of the Bagel in Chicago

Photo: courtesy Reno

After a month or two of lavish praise for Reno’s Montreal style bagels, it was perhaps inevitable that somebody would want to take the State of the Bagel in Chicago. Serious Eats Chicago does it this week, identifying six noted bagels and what their strengths are. (Though as Ken Zuckerberg, who has notably strong opinions of his own on the subject, immediately pointed out, Chicago Bagel Authority actually get theirs from another place on Serious Eats’ list, New York Bagel & Bialy.) As it happens, Chicagoist did the same thing just a few weeks ago in this piece, which identified lots of bagels on the North Shore worth checking out in particular. We’re more bagel and less hole than many think.