Every Panera Bagel, Ranked
Bagels are arguably the most versatile breakfast food. They are the perfect base for smoked salmon; a great container for bacon, eggs, and cheese; or taste great with just plain old schmear of good cream cheese.
At Panera Bread -- the bakery-cafe chain that whips out buckets of salad, bread bowls of soup, and and bread sliced bagels -- bagels come in a variety of flavors with a unique twist from traditional bagels: they’re created with a sourdough base (yes, even the sweet bagels!). In straying from tradition, Panera bagels also aren’t boiled, but steamed (though this step is supposedly meant to mimic the traditional method of boiling).
So which of Panera's 12 bagel flavors is best? For this ranking, I considered flavor and texture; did the toppings complement the tang of sourdough? Was the interior of the bagel soft-yet-chewy, like that of traditional bagels? Here’s how everything stacked up: