By Mario McKellop

Arising out of Poland’s Jewish community in the 17th century, bagels have since become a dietary staple for millions of people across the world. This is due to their incredible versatility; depending on their topping, a bagel can make for an excellent breakfast, brunch, lunch or midday snack. However, the undeniable king of bagel toppings is cream cheese with some fresh lox. Luckily for North Ohioans, Cleveland is full of cafés, bakeries and delis that serve excellent bagels and lox.

Jack’s Deli And Restaurant
14490 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44121
(216) 382-5350

Best known for their stupendous corned beef sandwiches, Jack’s Deli and Restaurant also boasts some of the best bagels and lox in the city. In addition enjoying some smoked salmon on a plain or everything bagel, customers can also sink their teeth into a NOVA Boy. This delicious bagel sandwich is made fresh Nova Scotia lox, tomato, onion and cream cheese. Jack’s Maidlach, which is made with nova lox, tuna salad, whitefish and cream cheese and served on three mini bagels, is also highly recommended.

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The Bagel Shoppe
1982 Warrensville Center Road
South Euclid, OH 44121
(216) 382-5138

With their selection of tasty plain, poppy and sesame seed, pumpernickel, garlic, cinnamon raisin, whole wheat, onion, jalapeno and marble & salt bagels, The Bagel Shoppe is a great place to have breakfast or brunch. This eatery also stocks a range of schmears, including regular, jalapeno, scallion, vegetable and nova. They also serve a great bagel, lox, red onion, lettuce and cream cheese sandwich. And since the Bagel Shoppe sells nova spread by the pound and bagels by the dozen at very affordable prices, visitors can enjoy their mouthwatering wares at home.

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Davis Bakery And Delicatessen
28700 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122
(216) 292-3060

Since 1939, the Davis Bakery has provided the local community flavorful deli sandwiches, pastries and bread. Customers searching for a quick nosh can order a fluffy egg bagel with lox while those with larger appetites can try one of their signatures sandwiches with some nova spread. And larger groups should try Davis’ fish and diary platter. This eight-person party tray features smoked whitefish, egg salad, gefilte fish, cottage cheese wine herring and hand cut Nova Scotia lox.

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Manhattan Deli
8900 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, Ohio 44060
(440) 974-0055

Bringing some New York City flavor to Northeast Ohio, the Manhattan Deli serves its community with varied and exquisite breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Visitors can start their mornings off with Manhattan’s Lox & Eggs, which includes two scrambled eggs, toast and jam, nova lox and home fries. Those searching for a quick and filling lunch should try The Eastsider, a bagel sandwich composed of hand-sliced lox and cream cheese. And anyone seeking to bring home a platter for a large family dinner should try their Fish Smoker platter, which comes with whitefish, Swiss cheese, sablefish, tuna and egg salad, a diary tray and plenty of fresh lox.

Corky And Lenny’s Restaurant Deli
27091 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122
(216) 464-3838

Cleveland finest deli, Corky and Lenny’s has an assortment of delectable lox and bagel dishes. To start, there’s Danielle’s Breakfast Platter, which comes with smoked whitefish and nova lox, sliced tomatoes, creamed herring, olives, bagels and juice. Then there’s the nova or belly lox on a bagel with tomato and onion. And diners wanting to cut back on the calories should sample the smoked salmon wrap, a dish that comes with nova lox, cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers.

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