Sure, New York is the undisputed bagel capital of the world. Whether it's the water, the air, or something about the presence of the New Yorkers themselves, the city wins the title of Best Bagels.
But no matter how blessed with Brooklyn holy water each one might be, South Florida is the unofficial second home of not only New Yorkers but of the bagel -- and its close cousin, the bialy (the Yiddish word for that soft-baked -- not boiled -- Polish varietal that's missing the whole hole thing).
Some shops have perfect bialys, a vast array of homemade spreads, and dozens of bagel flavors to pick from. And depending on where you go, the bagels range from small and shiny with a paper-thin shell of a crust to fat, doughy, and fluffy.
Whether you like yours toasted and piled high with plenty of lox -- or stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon -- here are our picks for the best bagels in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Have an issue with our picks? Hash it out in the comments section, and let us know what we're missing.