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Best bagels in South Florida 2017: Sage Bagel and Deli

BEST BAGELS

Sage Bagel and Deli

800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach; 954-456-7499; SageBagelAndDeli.com

Milton and Iris Fuerst opened Sage Bagel next to Gulfstream Park in 1973 after moving from Queens, N.Y. Now run by their son Harvey, Sage is a shrine to old-school craftsmanship. The bagels — crunchy, chewy, puffy and asymmetrical — are hand-rolled, boiled and baked in a brick oven, $11 for a baker’s dozen. They cool in wire baskets behind a glass case. Nothing is finer than a fresh everything bagel hot from the oven, studded with garlic, onion, poppy and sesame seeds. In this state, it does not need cream cheese, lox or a knife to slice, just hands to tear it asunder.

Readers’ choice: Brooklyn Water Bagel, multiple locations

Readers’ choice runner-up: Einstein Bros. Bagels, multiple locations

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