BEST BAGEL - 2010
You know that thing dogs do when they get their jaws around their favorite toy, how they shake it and wrestle with it and in general look like they're having the best time ever? Eating a bagel from Common Roots is kind of like that. There's something sort of carnal about the whole experience, but that's part of what makes it so satisfying. You have to tug and contort, and your jaw might be a little sore later, but it was all just so enjoyable and tasty you'd do it all over again, in another five minutes if possible. The bagels at the Minneapolis café are old-school: hand-formed, baked, and then boiled, with a cornmeal dusting on the bottom adding a bit of texture. They are heavy and wholesome, with a delicate, crackly skin and a touch of honey sweetness. We're partial to the nutty crunch of the sesame, but all are tasty. If you insist on a little lubrication for your wrestling match, load up with some cream cheese. We especially recommend the garlic, dill, and chive. Let the games begin!