January 19, 2022

Cincinnati Loves Its Bagels. Here Are 10 of Our Favorites

During cold and chaotic mornings, there's something comforting about a fresh, warm bagel — and you can find plenty of them in Cincinnati. These 10 delicious bagel joints offer bites ranging from traditional New York-style bagel deli sandwiches to handcrafted artisan bagels.  Whether you're on the go or stopping in to enjoy the atmosphere,  Cincinnati has a bagel restaurant for you.  
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Bagel Brothers
347 Calhoun St., Clifton
Family owned and operated, Bagel Brothers has been serving Clifton since 1990 with cheap options for breakfast, lunch and pastries baked fresh daily. With 14 different flavors sourced from local vendors, Bagel Brothers also offers a variety of cream cheeses made in-house from scratch.
Stephanie Scarbrough

Bagel Brothers

347 Calhoun St., Clifton
Family owned and operated, Bagel Brothers has been serving Clifton since 1990 with cheap options for breakfast, lunch and pastries baked fresh daily. With 14 different flavors sourced from local vendors, Bagel Brothers also offers a variety of cream cheeses made in-house from scratch.
Lil’s Bagels
308 Greenup St., Covington
At Lil’s Bagels, each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled and baked with ingredients from Cincinnati favorites like Urban Stead Cheese and Made by Mavis Artisan Canned Goods. Big on sourcing locally, Lil’s Bagels also serves coffee from local roastery Urbana Café, and customers can purchase a dozen free-range eggs from The Egg Shack, a group of small Amish farmers in southwestern Kentucky.
Stephanie Scarbrough

Lil’s Bagels

308 Greenup St., Covington
At Lil’s Bagels, each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled and baked with ingredients from Cincinnati favorites like Urban Stead Cheese and Made by Mavis Artisan Canned Goods. Big on sourcing locally, Lil’s Bagels also serves coffee from local roastery Urbana Café, and customers can purchase a dozen free-range eggs from The Egg Shack, a group of small Amish farmers in southwestern Kentucky.
The Bagelry
1401 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Since its first brick-and-mortar shop opened in October 2018, The Bagelry has offered Over-the-Rhine fresh-baked bagels made with traditional hand-rolling and kettle-boiling techniques. With eight bagel flavors to choose from, the shop’s menu consists of a variety of egg and bagel sandwiches and also has drip coffee from Indianapolis based roaster Tinker Coffee.
Stephanie Scarbrough

The Bagelry

1401 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Since its first brick-and-mortar shop opened in October 2018, The Bagelry has offered Over-the-Rhine fresh-baked bagels made with traditional hand-rolling and kettle-boiling techniques. With eight bagel flavors to choose from, the shop’s menu consists of a variety of egg and bagel sandwiches and also has drip coffee from Indianapolis based roaster Tinker Coffee.
OTR Bagel Bar
107 West Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Just outside Findlay Market, vegan-friendly OTR Bagel Bar boasts a selection of more than 18 New York-style bagels ranging from the classic Everything Bagel to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and even gluten free options.
Stephanie Scarbrough

OTR Bagel Bar

107 West Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Just outside Findlay Market, vegan-friendly OTR Bagel Bar boasts a selection of more than 18 New York-style bagels ranging from the classic Everything Bagel to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and even gluten free options.
Everything Bagels 
792 Eastgate South Drive, Eastgate
Everything Bagels is a family-owned establishment that serves a variety of bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and brunch. Their signature bagels include the Hot Ham & Swiss on Pumpernickel Bagel and the Roast Beef Philly on Cheddar Bagel.
Casey Roberts

Everything Bagels

792 Eastgate South Drive, Eastgate
Everything Bagels is a family-owned establishment that serves a variety of bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and brunch. Their signature bagels include the Hot Ham & Swiss on Pumpernickel Bagel and the Roast Beef Philly on Cheddar Bagel.
Big Apple Bagels
7157 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Established in Illinois in 1993, Big Apple Bagels serves made-from-scratch bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. They also are known for their cake-like muffins.
Casey Roberts

Big Apple Bagels

7157 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
Established in Illinois in 1993, Big Apple Bagels serves made-from-scratch bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. They also are known for their cake-like muffins.
Mad Llama Coffee
5001 Kenwood Road, Madisonville
A coffee shop, roastery and bakery all in one, Mad Llama Coffee makes all their breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soft-serve and coffee in house. Their Llama Bread, a marbled pound cake, is a popular menu item.
Stephanie Scarbrough

Mad Llama Coffee

5001 Kenwood Road, Madisonville
A coffee shop, roastery and bakery all in one, Mad Llama Coffee makes all their breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soft-serve and coffee in house. Their Llama Bread, a marbled pound cake, is a popular menu item.
Marx Hot Bagels
9701 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Featuring more than 30 varieties of bagels, Marx Hot Bagels have served the people of Cincinnati since 1969. Popular items include White Albacore Tuna and a Nova Lox and cream cheese sandwich.
Casey Roberts

Marx Hot Bagels

9701 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Featuring more than 30 varieties of bagels, Marx Hot Bagels have served the people of Cincinnati since 1969. Popular items include White Albacore Tuna and a Nova Lox and cream cheese sandwich.
Skip’s BagelDeli 
12092 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township
Skip’s BagelDeli has been serving bagels since 1996. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also provide catering options for events. The shop features a variety of bagels and New York-style deli sandwiches.
Casey Roberts

Skip’s BagelDeli

12092 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township
Skip’s BagelDeli has been serving bagels since 1996. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also provide catering options for events. The shop features a variety of bagels and New York-style deli sandwiches.
The Bagel Stop 
312 Elm St., Downtown
Bagel Stop has served breakfast and lunches in downtown Cincinnati for over 20 years.  Their sandwiches are made to order and are great for catering events. Some of their signature items include their Turkey Zinger and Corned Beef Reuben.

The Bagel Stop

312 Elm St., Downtown
Bagel Stop has served breakfast and lunches in downtown Cincinnati for over 20 years. Their sandwiches are made to order and are great for catering events. Some of their signature items include their Turkey Zinger and Corned Beef Reuben.