What it is: The pizza bagel is -- simply -- traditional pizza toppings (tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni) on a (usually) toasted bagel. And when pizza's on a bagel, you can eat pizza any time.
Where it came from: For such a seemingly simple concept, the pizza bagel has a convoluted history. Richard Katz of Katz Bagel Bakery -- a Chelsea, Massachusetts bagel shop -- claims his grandfather invented the pizza bagel in the 1970s. On the left coast, Bruce Treitman (now a financial advisor for Deutsche Bank) claims he invented it while playing around with ingredients in the back of a Western Bagel as a teenager, years before Katz's pizza bagels were "invented." Either way, the pizza bagel has become a beloved novelty that bends the conception of what pizza can be. "Pizza is so unique amongst food, in that it is almost always adapted and remade to fit new and evolving tastes, especially when introduced to new cultures" said Dan Bransfield, author of Pizzapedia: The Illustrated Guide to Pizza. "With the pizza bagel, we took two foods everyone loves, and combined them. It's a testament to the flexibility of pizza as a concept, no matter where it came from."
Where to get it: The aforementioned Katz Bagel Bakery is still churning out pizza bagels for their fans (and continue to insist they are the true and rightful visionaries behind the idea), although Western Bagel is still serving up their original recipe for pizza bagels, too, all across Southern California. If you want to avoid any and all debate (and are in New York City), Black Seed's pizza bagel -- placed atop their trademark Montreal-style bagels -- is a drama-free option that is just as good as either. And if you're in none of these places, there are always Bagel Bites.