A Definitive Ranking Of The Best (And Worst) Bagel Flavors

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When it comes to bagels, there are a few truths everyone has to accept. First, it's really hard to get a decent bagel outside of New York or Montreal -- despite the fact that it is scientifically possible. And two, not all bagel flavors are created equal.

It would be a beautiful world if one could order a bagel flavor on a whim and be just as pleased as if they had ordered a plain bagel. This is not the case. While some bagel flavors are so good they make everything they touch turn to gold (ahem, everything bagels), others are in fact so terrible that accidentally ordering one can ruin your day, week, or even year (ahem, blueberry).

Don't let bad bagels happen to you. We've ranked our favorites among a selection of popular bagel flavors, starting with the ones that shouldn't be touched with a 10-foot pole to flavors so good you'll request a dozen of them for special occasions. Since this is obviously a subjective ranking, we want to hear your thoughts below.

13
Blueberry Bagels
Nemo's great uncle/Flickr
Let's be honest here, these bagels look diseased.
12
Chocolate Chip Bagels
BonzoESC/Flickr
Chocolate chip pancakes? YES. Chocolate chip muffins? Sure. Chocolate chip bagels?? Hell to the no. Uh uh. Never. Don't do it.
11
Whole Wheat Bagels
barry.pousman/Flickr
What are you even playing at?
10
French Toast Bagels
melissa.delzio/Flickr
This here bagel is proof that food mashups are a dangerous game. French toast is awesome and bagels are awesome, but that doesn't mean they should become one.
9
Poppyseed Bagels
adactio/Flickr
Every bite makes you wish it was sesame. Plus, you're guaranteed to have tiny black seeds stuck in your teeth.
8
Garlic Bagels
Mel B./Flickr
Good, but missing something.
7
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
Chef Cooke/Flickr
The only sweet bagel that passes.
6
Asiago Bagels
orijinal/Flickr
Mmmmmm, cheese.
5
Sesame Bagels
BXGD/Flickr
Sesame for life.
4
Onion Bagels
ShellyS/Flickr
Bold and unforgettable.
3
Pumpernickel Bagels
bionicgrrrl/Flickr
Its deep brown color holds the promise of great meals ahead.
2
Everything Bagels
woodleywonderworks/Flickr
It is the sum of all great bagels. The everything bagel turns everything to gold.
1
Plain Bagels
dreamcat115/Flickr
PERFECTION. A truly great bagel doesn't need any fixings to make it shine. Remember that, folks.
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