Wholy Bagel

Twice this week I’ve been asked, “Who makes the best bagels in Austin?”  It’s time to make my recommendation official.  But first it’s important to discuss what makes a good bagel.   There are three things by which a bagel should be judged:  the outer crust, the doughy inside, and the overall flavor and toppings.

The crust of a bagel should be crispy and browned, not doughy.  Back East, bagels are often so crispy that they even crack when you cut them or take a bite.  The soft doughy outside of bagels found at chain stores are a prime example of what a bagel crust should not be.  The inside should be soft and chewy but not too dense; I want to eat a bagel, not a brick.  While some places serve flavors such as jalapeño and cheddar, I’m more of a purist when it comes to toppings.  If I had to choose only one bagel for the rest of my life it would be an everything bagel with sesame running a close second.  The topping should be plentiful and toasted.  A sesame bagel is a great way to tell if a bagel is cooked enough too.  If the bagel has rich toasted sesame smell and the seeds are browned, odds are you’re in for a treat.

It’s not around the corner from where I live, but Wholy Bagel is the closest I’ve found to an authentic New York bagel here in Austin.


  1. Lee Stokes Hilton

    And here I’ve told everybody I know that there are NO good bagels in Texas. I’ll have to try this one — thanks!

  2. brisketandbagels

    You’ll need to try them out and let me know what you think.

  3. Glad you found a decent bagel in Austin would you like me to send you some bagels from Best Bagel or Bagel Mentch the Bagel Hut!

  4. brisketandbagels

    Thanks for the offer. I’ll take it under consideration. Going to take a stab at some homemade soon.

  5. Wholy Bagel has the very best rye bagel in the universe, and considering that it is impossible to buy a decent rye bread in Austin this bagel is the only way to go.

  6. David Moser

    Easy tiger makes one solid bread. Not sure if they make rye but that would be the place to check.

  7. STUART Wetterschneider

    Wholy Bagels makes not only the best bagels, but the best bagels in the southwest. I have been eating bagels for 75 years, and have lived and worked on the east coast and the west. IMHO Who;y bagels competes well with the best I have enjoyed anywhere. In fact if you like a good seeded corn rye the closet you will come to that taste is Wholy Bagels’ rye bagel.

    If I had a wish it would;d be that they used a little more salt in their recipe. but that is really nitpicking.

    Living in Georgetown its a long, but very rewarding drive to get to the bagel shop.

  8. I’ll need to try the rye bagel I’m there.

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