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The bagel has been around for at least 400 years, giving bakers plenty of time to hone their craft and that dreamy ideal balance of doughy inside and firm exterior. Bagel Bakery gets that ratio right, then coats the circular loaves with a dusting of seeds. That simple recipe is a key to success, as is the consistency found at all seven locations. And the generous piles of veggies or deli meats or cream cheese on their bagel sandwiches. Where else can you get hummus on an all-seed, or smoked salmon on onion? Any which way, and every way, they’ve conjured a combination that regularly wins Weekly readers’ love and bellies.