Bagels are the perfect quick breakfast item for when you want a more casual meal during the week or Sunday morning. Here are our picks for the most savory bagels, cream cheese and other toppings you can find in metro Atlanta.

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery & Deli

This is my personal favorite for a fresh and cheap bagel. The lox and tomatoes on the Sliced Lox with Cream Cheese bagel are very fresh and the bagels are never chewy. If you have ever had a bagel from New York, these are very similar; they kettle boil the bagels the Brooklyn way. The egg melts and sandwiches are also delicious. The bagels and “eggwiches” are all under $10, making it a steal for breakfast or brunch. Johns Creek and Ansley Mall.

Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli

With multiple locations around Atlanta, you are most likely close to this local bagel chain. For a bagel and cream cheese, they have tasty options that are fairly priced, but for more “elaborate” bagels with lox or egg on top, it runs a little more. The advantage of this bagel place is that they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu for those family members or kids who want pancakes or French toast. Don’t forget to also check their grab-and-go refrigerator for easy heat-and-eat meals during the week. 8 Atlanta locations.


The small mom and pop bagel place does not disappoint. Their homemade cream cheese is my favorite of all the bagel places I have been to in Atlanta, and they always make sure to pile it on top. The bagels are always made fresh and nicely toasted. They also have an assortment of breakfast items including French toast and egg varieties. It is cash or check only, so make sure you have enough on hand. Marietta.

The General Muir

If you want the upscale New York deli-inspired experience, General Muir should be your choice. The wait on the weekends can be pretty long, so plan to arrive early, or visit the deli side and pick up bagels and cream cheese instead of sitting. The open-faced bagel with nova, schmear, avocado, grapefruit, cucumber, onion and dill is my favorite. They serve other homemade goodies, such as matzo ball soup or pastrami sandwiches. Emory Point and Sandy Springs.

Emerald City Bagels

The family that opened this bagel company moved here from Long Island, New York and wanted to fill the void for bagels in Atlanta. The rosemary sea salt bagel is a combination not too common, but packs a lot of flavor. They have inventive spreads as well such as the caprese cream cheese with fresh basil, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette or the toasted almond and fig filled with fig preserves. Atlanta.

-Teresa Whiting

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