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Bruegger's Bagel Bakery

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This bagel chain began in 1983 with the opening of the first Bruegger's in upstate New York. Nord Brue and Mike Dressell created a concept that is still going strong today. The secret of their success is in the bagels themselves--ingredients include high-protein unbleached wheat flour, fresh (never powdered) yeast, malt syrup, water and salt. The bagels are kettle-boiled and baked in a stone hearth to give them that crunchy and chewy texture. Don't forget the fresh cream cheese, available in a variety of flavors. You can find enough choices here for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, with sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts all available.

Runners up:

2. Einstein Bros. Bagels, 4708 E. Sunrise Drive, 615-0508; 7151 N. Oracle Road, 219-1220; einsteinbros.com

3. The Bagelry/Brooklyn Bagel Corp., 2575 N. Campbell Ave., 881-6674

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