Cincinnati's 3 best spots to score bagels, without breaking the bank

Photo: The Bagelry /Yelp

Need more bagels in your life?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bagel sources in Cincinnati, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. The Bagelry

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Topping the list is The Bagelry. Located at 1401 Walnut St. in Over-The-Rhine, the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers bagels and sandwiches, is the highest-rated inexpensive bagel spot in Cincinnati, boasting 4.5 stars out of 64 reviews on Yelp. Enjoy a smoked turkey club or pizza bagel with choices of beer cheese, cream cheese and vegan spread.

We looked to Yelp to learn more about The Bagelry.

"The principal owner, Richard Huff, began baking bagels in 2015 and has been refining his recipe ever since," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "He teamed up with his brother Kyle Jones and sister-in-law Colleen Hert in early 2017 to make their bagel shop dreams a reality. They built a loyal following selling bagels and cream cheese at flea markets and festivals and opened their brick and mortar on Oct. 5th, 2018."

2. OTR Bagel Bar

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Over-The-Rhine's OTR Bagel Bar, located at 107 W. Elder St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap breakfast and brunch spot, which offers bagels and more, 4.5 stars out of 10 reviews. Pick up a plain bagel and top with ingredients like goetta, lox, Nutella or turkey sausage. There are also sandwich options that range from egg and cheese to roasted turkey.

Stephanie C. noted, "The real star is the bagel itself. They were quite obviously freshly made, just dense enough to be considered a bagel, and slightly chewy. We will add this to our growing list of must-haves at Findlay Market."

Yelper Fairlight S. wrote, "Very cool, unique little shop located next to Findlay Market. OTR Bagel Bar has delicious bagels, great atmosphere, awesome workers and with touch of bubbles! Literally everyone stopped to take a picture of or with the bubbles."

3. Bagel Brothers


Bagel Brothers, a spot to score bagels and sandwiches in CUF, is another inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 24 Yelp reviews. Head over to 347 Calhoun St. to see for yourself. Choose from a list of savory and sweet bagels that include raisin cinnamon, poppy seed, asiago, onion and pumpernickel. Make it a bagel sandwich like the BLT, tuna melt, egg salad or corned beef. 

If you're curious for more, we found these details about Bagel Brothers on Yelp.

"Family owned and operated since 1990," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "We use only the freshest ingredients, sourcing from local purveyors whenever possible."

As to what the business is known for, "The secret to a truly delicious bagel?" it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We source 14 different flavors from local vendors. We also offer a variety of in-house, scratch-made cream cheeses and croissant sandwiches (from chicken and tuna to egg salad)."

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