Brisbane’s best bagels | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best bagels

There was peanut butter, salted caramel, kale, acai, cold press juice, cold press coffee and now, we welcome the great Brisbane bagel boom. The holy dough ring that is the bagel has become surprisingly accessible around Brisbane, teamed with scrumptious toppings, coffee and the odd poppy seed sprinkle for good measure. So let us introduce you to Brisbane’s best bagel joints where you can get a carb-loaded fix. Cawfee | Brisbane CBD Cawfee’s bagels are definitely something you knead in your life for breakfast, brunch and lunch. We’re talking soft, doughy goodness in flavours like jalapeño and garlic, stuffed with fillers like avocado, chicken, pesto, turkey, cranberry and brie. They even do a stellar deal where you get a coffee, a bagel and Byron Bay Cookie for $8. Now that’s a deal to kick your despresso (depression from lack of coffee) to the curb. Famished on Frasers | Ashgrove Feeling famished? A soy and linseed bagel loaded with chargrilled vegetables, ricotta cheese, baby spinach and basil pesto from Famished on Frasers will set you to rights. If that’s not enough for you, weekly specials like their towering chicken Caesar bagel so jam-packed with chicken, bacon, egg and cheese that you’ll need a knife and fork to eat it won’t let you down. Scout | Paddington Famed city wide for their hipster eats, this café’s all-star bagel lineup has included the likes of a Banh Mi bagel with roast pork belly, pickled carrot, radish, coriander, fresh chilli and aioli and a vegetarian delight piled with baked pumpkin, onion jam, Pecorino, roasted peppers and salsa verde. We await their next menu with bated breath! The Bagel Boys | Brisbane CBD The stars of Brisbane’s bagel world, The Bagel Boys mix, roll, boil and bake bagels not just for themselves, but plenty of other cafes as well! After winning acclaim with their market stalls they now have a delightfully accessible store, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have our bagel needs so readily met. With bagel flavours like onion, blueberry and cinnamon and all manner of toppings to put on them, you’ll be rolling out the door in no time.   brisbane's best bagels NKB Express | Indooroopilly There might be a hole in our bagel but there’s certainly not a hole in our tums after we dine at NKB Express. Choose from their New Yorker, with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onion on a poppy seed bagel, their breakfast bagel, filled with egg, bacon, avo, feta and tomato relish (drool), or their Carnegie, stuffed with pastrami, sauerkraut and mustard. Brewbakers | Albion Brewbakers’ freshly baked bagels need no fancy toppings, they are perfect just as they are or with a generous slather of butter. Sweet tooths will want to sink their chompers into a date and walnut bagel while the cheese and onion bagel makes for a delicious morning snack. Banneton | New Farm, Wooloongabba & Ashgrove All the French inspired goodness in the world couldn’t sum up how wonderful this neighborhood favourite is. Indulge in a morning treat with their classic egg, bacon and cheese bagel, perhaps with a sneaky side of vanilla slice, apricot Danish or croissant (jokes, take all three). Deedot Coffee House | Holland Park There’s a lot of things Deedot do right, and their philly cheese bagel is one of them. Nothing beats a soft, warm bagel paired with the basics like cream cheese and smoked salmon if you fancy it. It’s the crème de la crème of cream cheese bagels. There are two types of people in this world: people who love bagels, and liars. Don’t be the latter. Words by Lucille Burkitt