The nationwide meals journal Bon Appetit has named two coastal Maine bagel retailers to its greatest in the USA checklist — outdoors of New York — and these bagels defy categorization.
However sorry, Bangor, Bagel Central didn’t make the minimize. Nor did the artistic, new Sand Hill Bagels in Augusta or the pleasant boiled and brick oven-cooked bagels at Forage in Lewiston and Portland.
No, if you wish to chunk into the most effective bagels in the USA, you’ll need to head to Rose Meals in Portland or Rover Bagel in Biddeford, based on the journal.
Revealed Tuesday on-line, the checklist included 24 bagel retailers in 16 states. Solely three had been positioned in New England. Along with the 2 in Maine, Bagelsaurus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, made the minimize, too, in case you had been searching for one other prime bagel to strive.
And whereas each the New York bagel and the Montreal bagel are in a category all their very own, these bagels all are slightly totally different — taking some inspiration from these notable regional bagels however giving a contemporary take, based on the journal.
“You’ll discover that a few of these bagels do take inspiration from stalwarts like New York and Montreal, however principally, they defy neat categorization. That’s a part of what makes them so nice,” Bon Appetit stated within the story.
At Rose Meals, positioned at 428 Forest Ave., which was opened in 2017 by Chad Conley, it’s the distinctive yeast-sourdough mixture that’s boiled in a lye resolution like pretzels and is constructed for sandwiches that helps the bagels stand aside.
“The ensuing bagel has a plushy and accommodating crumb for ample toppings, and a shiny crust that has a pleasant yield to it — whereas nonetheless tender sufficient to keep away from sloppy bagel sandwich side-spill,” the journal stated.
Biddeford’s Rover Bagel, positioned within the Pepperell Mill growth, affords takeout solely from the ten West Level Lane, Suite 10-204 location. It was opened in 2021 by Kim and Alec Rutter.
“The bagels listed below are wood-fired and mix one of the best of each worlds: the nice chew of a New York-style bagel, and the outer char and crunch of these favored in Montreal,” the Bon Appetit story stated.
Have you ever tried these bagels? What do you assume? Are they among the many greatest within the nation outdoors New York?