Where to find fresh bagels around Lakeland

Plain, with cream cheese, or topped with an egg, bagels are sure to be a hole in one. Order one from these local bakeries, delis, and cafes.

A hand holds a bagel sandwich in front of Uncle Nick's Deli in Lakeland. The cheese bagel is wrapped in aluminum foil. The deli is in a small shopping center and has a few tables and chairs by the front entrance.

You’re looking at a fresh mozzarella bagel from Uncle Nick’s with sausage, egg, cheese, and cream cheese.

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No matter how you slice it, sometimes a fresh bagel is everything you need. Maybe that’s why Reader Jan S. recently asked us for the most authentic New York-style bagels in town. Whether you order a sandwich stacked with toppings or keep it simple with cream cheese, these bagel shops are sure to hit the spot.

Uncle Nick’s Italian Deli and Bagels, 6955 Old Hwy. 37, Lakeland
We recently asked our Facebook followers for their favorite local bagels, and the resounding answer was this deli. Head to the counter for your choice of 20 sweet + savory bagel flavors. There’s limited outdoor seating, so you might want to take it to-go.

Editor’s pick: Sausage, egg, and cheese on a cheddar everything bagel

A breakfast sandwich sits on a table next to a cup of hot black coffee. The sandwich is made on an everything bagel with egg and bacon. Another meal sits further away on the table.

Mary’s is a go-to breakfast spot when you’ve only got a New York minute.

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Mary’s Bagel Cafe, 1242 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland
All of the menu items here are inspired by New York City. Pair yours with a drink from the coffee bar or a pastry for the ultimate casual breakfast.

Editor’s pick: The Bronx sandwich (bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel)

A hand holds a bagel breakfast sandwich with egg, ham, and cheese. In the background is a painted mural of angel wings.

The cragel just might give you wings.

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Born & Bread Bakehouse, 1113 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
This bakery is known for its cruffins, but you also have to try the cragel (a bagel made with croissant dough). The menu here rotates, so place your pre-order when you see them available to make sure you get your hands on one.

Editor’s pick: Everything cragel with “super secret cheese”

Honeycomb Bread Bakers, 140 6th St. SW, Winter Haven
You’ll have to drive outside of Lakeland to get these bagels straight from the source, but you can also find them in town at the farmers market. The bakery keeps it simple with just three flavors (plain, everything, and cheddar), but the schmear options are to die for.

Editor’s pick: Cheddar bagel with apple butter

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