Bagels and lox. There’s something about the combination of a doughy bagel, cream cheese, and salty cured salmon that makes it a perfect breakfast dish. Long a staple in Northern cities, brought over by Jewish immigrants, bagels and lox have found popularity in the South in recent years, especially in as diverse a melting pot as Atlanta. But with a deli on seemingly every corner, where can you get the best bagel and lox in Atlanta? These five destinations will satisfy your cured fish cravings.
4383 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Considering Goldberg’s is an Atlanta institution, founded in 1972 as a single store on Roswell and expanding to locations throughout the city, it’s no surprise they’re the go-to spot for many Atlanta residents’ bagel and lox needs. Goldberg’s keeps it simple with their bagel and lox sandwich. Just a bagel, cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onions, and capers. It’s a big sandwich, sure to fill you up for your morning meal.
1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
Aiming to bring the look and feel of a New York deli to Atlanta, The General Muir brings a more refined take on traditional bagel and lox with their Avenue D. The Avenue D is an open-faced bagel topped with lox, schmear, salmon roe, cucumber, and chives. It’s a big left turn from your standard bagel and lox but has quickly risen in reputation on Atlanta’s food scene as one of the best new spins on an old standard in years.
655 Highland Ave.. N.E., Suite 10
Atlanta, GA 30312
Although a lot of restaurants call smoked salmon “lox” or sometimes “Nova lox”, traditional lox is brine cured and not smoked. Highland Bakery recognizes the difference and calls their offering just “smoked salmon.” But for Atlanta residents used to smoked “lox”, the Highland Bakery Smoked Salmon Plate will give you what you’re looking for. The presentation is fairly traditional, with slices of smoked salmon atop a bagel with cream cheese, red onion, tomato, and capers. It also includes mixed greens. The Highland Bakery has been successful enough to have expanded to six locations throughout the Atlanta area in recent years.
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4225 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Messing with something as traditional and beloved as bagels and lox is always a balancing act. On one hand, people look for the comfort of what they know. On the other, the only way to stand out in a competitive market is to innovate. Buttermilk Kitchen hits that balancing act with their Lox Plate. They cure their salmon in beet juice, giving it a deep ruby red color and imparting a subtle but noticeable flavor different than a traditional bagel and lox. Served on a Jerusalem bagel with cream cheese, onions, capers, and farm greens, it’s not the taste of your youth but it’s a flavor that many Atlanta residents swear by to kick off their day.
770 McFarland Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
BB’s stand’s for Brooklyn Bagels and that’s exactly what you get. Started by two native New Yorkers looking for warmer weather, BB’s recreates the loud, brassy, all business feel of a New York deli, but backs it up with their food. Regularly voted as the best bagel in Atlanta and even making some national best lists, BB’s takes pride in their food. Their Nova Salmon Platter is smoked rather than brined, but delivers a flavor punch. The standard comes with the traditional bagel, plain cream cheese, tomato, onions, and capers, but for an additional price you can customize your order with one of their specialty bagels or specialty cream cheeses for some variety.