When it comes to bagels in Boulder, I think we all know the top dog in town. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, here’s a hint: they have iconic hippie daisy flow stickers found on just about every surface in Boulder and their name rhymes with “Poe’s.”
If you haven’t guessed Moe’s Broadway Bagel by now, there’s just no hope for you. With six locations in Boulder and Denver and a seventh set to open up in Old Town Louisville in a couple of months, Moe is pretty much the king of bagels. But who are the other players in the bagel scene in Boulder?
Did you know that there is such a thing as a “Montreal–style” bagel? There is and these folks make it. Now you know.
So what makes it Montreal-style? Well, being boiled in honey water and baked in a wood-fired oven makes it Montreal style. It also gives it a touch of sweetness and a crispy crust. Get it toasted and coated with some smoke maple cream cheese or slathered with a smashed avocado. Either way will have you singing “Oh, Canada” before you can finish your bagel.
Prefer to go the more traditional route with a New York-style bagel? This local bagel baker has four locations in and around Boulder County: Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Golden. They’ve also got a loyal following of bagel lovers who swear by their perfectly boiled bagels and the homemade cream cheese as well.
The motto here should be “come for the espresso, stay for the bagel with lox.” People rave about the bagels made in house topped with fresh lox. Not feeling the fish? Try the veggie bagel with fresh lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, and red onion. It’s a vegetarian feast on a bagel!
Plus, in addition to a delicious bagel, you can get a properly brewed espresso, macchiato, or other fancy coffee drink.
For those of you asking why Mickey C’s isn’t on this list, I have some bad news for you, my dears. Mickey C’s closed down a while ago and Moe’s moved into their space in the Table Mesa shopping center.