Best Bagels - 2009
Common Roots Cafe
You can tell when a bagel was made with love—and when its creators want you to love it as much as they do. Carefully hand-sculpting these golden rings of yeasty dough has to be almost an intimate act in order to secure a perfectly crusted outside and chewy inside lightly peppered with air pockets. Common Roots is committed to fair-trade, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Its flour and honey come from a Minnesota mill and farm, and the malt powder travels from only as far as Wisconsin. To keep the spotlight on the bagels' highly praised texture, flavors are nice and simple: plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, and onion, which can be complemented by smoked salmon and the cafe's exquisite cream cheeses.