The perfect bagel boasts a crispy, crusty exterior, a fluffy but chewy middle, and subtle flavor just salty enough to pair with a heaping scoop of cream cheese. Look to the great bagels found on the East Coast, of which their purveyors conduct a “knock test” — rapping their knuckles over the bagels’ hard crust and then theatrically ripping it open, revealing a steaming and slightly doughy texture.
For a truly life-affirming bagel, you’ll have to venture to the other side of the country. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a passable — or even very good — bagel in Southern Nevada. The below bakeries make bagels with chewy centers, dark crust, and robust selections of cream cheese, smoked fish, and salty capers.