It is a fact that the New York area has some of the best bagels in the world, but Virginia offers up some stiff competition. Bagel shops across the Commonwealth offer everything from signature bagel sandwiches to the classics. Whatever your palate desires, Virginia’s great bagel shops have it. Here are the 9 best in the state!
Bliss has the classic favorites, like plain, sesame seed, and everything, along with a few unique creations, like their French toast bagel. Get it with cream cheese, butter, nova, or salmon spread (cream cheese with salmon chopped up already in it). You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, including their freshly made donuts, cookies, croissants, cakes, cupcakes, and sandwiches.
J’s is a Harrisonburg staple, with three locations scattered throughout the sprawling city. Everything is tasty, but their unique egg bagels keep people coming back.
Bodo’s Bagels in Charlottesville, Virginia, is simply one of the best things about Charlottesville. It has been a Charlottesville “Best-Of” winner since 1996. Their bagels are made from scratch each day, and boiled before baking in the authentic New York style. The bagels are inexpensive, delicious, and always oven-hot. The Bodo’s menu doesn’t have a ton of accruements; their success is in doing what they do better than anyone.
Yorgo’s Bageldashery not only has one of the best bagels in Tidewater, but one of the best restaurant names, hands down. Greg Peterman, the owner, has been making bagels professionally since 1988. He took over Yorgo’s in 2006 and has since made it Ghent’s number one bagel spot. Rotating bagel flavors, such as jalapeno, chocolate chip, and pumpkin keep things fresh.
Northern Virginia Magazine recognized the Bagel Café in Herndon, Virginia, in 2012 as having the “Best Bagels in Northern Virginia.” The first thing you’ll notice about the Herndon bagels is the color-coded strawberry, before noticing the gob smacking cream cheese selection. With just under 20 different flavors, all whipped on site, including spinach Florentine, chocolate chip, vanilla-walnut-raisin, and bacon-jalapeno-cheddar, you’ll never run out of options or new experiences at The Bagel Café.
If you’re hankering for a bagel in Fairfax, then you must stop by Bagel Buddies. Since 1993, the buddies at Bagel Buddies have been baking authentic, New York-style bagels (Remember: That means the bagels are boiled before they’re baked). Check their website for the rotating bagel of the month and monthly specials.
A favorite of the Arlington Courthouse district, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery has brought New York flavors to Arlington, Virginia, since 2000. Asiago cheese and jalapeno bagels add an exotic twist on the classics. In addition to cream cheese and lox, egg breakfast sandwich’s and large lunch sandwiches round out the Brooklyn experience.
Ashburn Bagel and Sandwich Shop is a no-frills bagel shop in Loudon County. The bagels are baked fresh every morning with daily specials. Not only is the food delicious, but also Ashburn Bagel and Sandwich shop makes an effort to involve itself in the community, sponsoring local teams and organizations. The quaint location is usually packed, so make sure to come early!
VA Bagel in Centreville, Virginia, offers 18 different bagels and 10 different spreads, available all day every day. Breakfast sandwiches include fresh nova and lox, egg and cheese, peanut butter on a bagel, and more. Catering is available for bigger events. VA Bagel knows its customers want their food fresh and fast, and works hard to deliver.