Admittedly not a deli, but this Highland Park favorite deserves a spot on our list. Belle’s serves up your usual suspects of bagel flavors, plus limited-edition Jewish delights like Matzo Brei topped with parsley, dill, and fried shallots, and house-made Hamantaschen pastries filled with raspberry rose jam, poppy seed Earl Grey, and chocolate hazelnut. You’ll find the classic bagel and schmear and bacon, egg, and cheese options on the menu, as well as standouts from their newish Jewish menu, like a Loxsmith that comes with lox, crispy salmon skin, radishes, dill, pickled fennel, and beet cream cheese. They also sling specialty bagels with non-traditional toppings, like a recent Cacio e Pepe creation.
How to order: Walk-up or order through their website for pickup or delivery through Caviar.
Since 2012, Belle’s has been rolling, boiling, and baking bagels with no dough conditioners, topping both sides, and basically just making goodness as simply as possible. The menu is pretty straightforward: plain, salt, sesame, poppy, onion, or everything, with schmears including a lox cream cheese and a lemony roasted beet number; the garlic-sesame-herb shalom sauce is also a fave.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery through Caviar.