Boston is a city with a proud and old Jewish community; but like many cities, its Jewish food has been waning in recent years.
And unlike Northern brothers New York and Montreal, Boston has no specific bagel type to call its own. So when Boston Eater polled its readers recently to find the city’s best bagels, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the winner isn’t actually a bagel shop.
Bagelsaurus, like many of the hottest spots in Jewish food today, is a pop-up. Working out of Cutty’s, a sandwich shop in Brookline, proprietor Mary Ting Hyatt sells bagels every Friday and Saturday, from 8am until she sells out. Bagelsaurus offers both traditional and more avant-garde bagel varieties, from everything and poppy, to olive and pretzel (which clearly violate the Jewish Daily Forward’s Bagel Treaty of 2014).
Bagelsaurus joins the ranks of bagel pop-ups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and Washington DC, some of which (Rockstar Bagels in Austin) now have permanent homes. Other forms of groundbreaking Jewish food have also been drawn to pop-ups, like New York offerings Hassid+Hipster and The Hester (the latter of which led to the Prospect Heights kosher spot Mason & Mug), and the Wandering Chew in Montreal.
Runner-up for Best Boston Bagel was Katz Bagel Bakery, which has such devoted fans they flooded the Eater comment section when the Chelsea institution was omitted. Katz has been baking bagels since 1938, and (questionably) claims to have invented the pizza bagel.
Other top options included Kupel’s Bakery in Brookline, Bagel Rising in Allston, and Rosenfeld Bagel Company in Newton.
Do you have a favorite bagel spot in Boston, or a favorite bagel pop-up in your city? Let us know in the comments.