Emerald City Bagels assorted bagels, spreads, and toppings. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

How to celebrate National Bagel Day in Atlanta: Where to get bagels, deals and recipes

Ready to briefly ruin those “get healthy” New Year’s resolutions ? This year, to “declare its independence” from National Pizza Day, Einstein Bros. Bagels is declaring Jan. 15 National Bagel Day, moving it from its previous Feb. 9 spot on the calendar. 

It seems like the perfect time for a cheat day (and if you want to indulge again on Feb. 9, that’s OK too). Read on to see how to get your bagel fix in metro Atlanta.

Deals

Einstein Bros. Bagels. Get a free bagel and schmear with any purchase.

Where to eat bagels around town 

Art’s Bagels and More. Art’s may be a dark horse in the best bagel race. But they boil them and bake them here and serve them for breakfast as egg or pork rolls and at lunch stuffed with chicken salad, pastrami and more. Flavors include jalapeno-cheddar, sun-dried tomato and spinach, with a variety of cream cheese and butter spreads.

3451 Cobb Parkway, Acworth, 770-529-4567, artsbagelsandmore.com

BB’s Bagels. Begun by two New York natives in search of warmer weather, BB’s has inspired a rabidly loyal fan base in Alpharetta. Their bagels are hand rolled daily and boiled in a kettle. The interiors of their bagels are dense and chewy, the outside have a good crust. These are bagels that don’t need to be toasted to be good. Just add a little- or a lot – schmear flecked with lox, and transport yourself to bagel paradise.

770 McFarland Pkwy, Alpharetta. 770-475-1818, bbsbagels.net

Emerald City Bagels. Deanna Halcrow and her daughter Jackie brought their family recipe from Long Island to Atlanta, perfecting homemade bagels used by several Atlanta-area restaurants and coffee shops. The Halcrow’s opened their brick-in-mortar in East Atlanta in 2018, offering up a variety of bagels, bagel sandwiches and schmears.

1257A Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-343-3758, emeraldcitybagels.com.

The General Muir. Todd Ginsberg opened the General Muir as a way to bring an authentic New York Jewish deli experience to Atlanta. Judging by the praise they have received, it’s an obvious success. So, how did they do in the bagel department? Knocked it out of the park. There are only five varieties available, but all are made to perfection. Kettle boiled in-house, they are chewy with just the right amount of pull.

If there is one dish that is a can’t-miss it is The Avenue D. This wonderful creation is an open faced bagel with lox, schmear, salmon roe, cucumber and chives. 

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta. 678-927-9131, thegeneralmuir.com

Goldberg’s. With everything from challah bread and matzo ball soup to chopped liver and bologna sandwiches, Goldberg’s does a very good impersonation of a New York Jewish deli. But many regulars just load up on bagels, available in traditional flavors plus more unusual chocolate chip or banana nut.

Multiple locations, goldbergsdeli.net

Make your own

Check out our recipe for 30-minute, two-ingredient ‘miracle’ bagels here.

Get tips for making fresh bagels at home here.

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