There are bagels and then there are bagels : Doughy, delicious deli icons that are good on their own, as a sandwich, or with the ever-classic cream cheese.
Every neighborhood has its own go-to bagel shop, but which one is best? Here are five of the top bagel shops in Hunterdon County, determined by Yelp's methodological algorithm.
The algorithm combines the number of reviews and star ratings. Quotes are from customer reviews. Did your bagel shop make the cut?
Clinton Bagel Company , 36 Old Hwy 22, Clinton: Located in "The Blue Building," the CBC has been in business since 1995 . It's run by a local family, born and raised in Hunterdon County. Yelpers love the breakfast sandwiches and wide variety of cream cheeses.
Main Street Bagel, 26 Main St., Flemington: Right in the downtown district, this easily-walkable bagel shop has some of the freshest and most authentic in the area, Yelpers say.
Bridge Street Bagels & Deli, 71 Bridge St., Milford: There seems to be something for everyone at this Bridge Street bagel shop, where a bagel isn't the only specialty item. Try some crumb cake, a scone and a cup of coffee.
Bagelsmith Food Stores & Deli, 172 Perryville Road, Hampton : "This franchise is the king of convenience stores," one Yelper said. "Very convenient for us. Great coffee, pretty good bagels, a great selection of drinks and snacks. Containers of rugelach near the register! Awesome."
Mel's Bagels & Deli, 174 Rte 31 North, Flemington: Don't judge a bagel shop by its facade, customers are saying. Although Mel's might have a simple exterior, the bagels are extraordinary, Yelpers say. "Super simple bagel shop with good food," one said. "If it was somewhere local to me I'd definitely be giving it a frequent go."
Hot Bagels and Deli, 1802 State Route 31, Clinton: "What a relief it was to find a great bagel shop in western Jersey," a new local resident said. "I moved from North Jersey/Newark over the winter and I was delighted to find a real bagel place on my first shot. The staff is incredibly friendly, the coffee is good, the bagels are perfect, and the cherry on top is that their lunch sandwiches are also delicious.You guys have saved my bagel-loving life."
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