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Isaac's Bagels


1003 W Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
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Photo of Carrie Buth Carrie Buth
Nov 12, 2023 5

Okay we all know the bagels are THE BEST bagels in the triangle but don’t sleep on the coffee! I got an iced vanilla latte this morning and described it to my husband as the most tenderly loving latte I’ve ever seen made. Of course he wanted to try it and his response was “Wow, I had one sip and now I’m smiling”. So don’t forget to grab a coffee either your bagel 🙂 it looked like the syrups were house made too!

Photo of Brian Leone Brian Leone
Oct 29, 2023 4

Good bagels for the an area devoid of good bagels. If I got a bagel like this in NYC I’d enjoy it but not make the effort to remember the place. Bagels were a little small, a little tough on the inside, not much variety of flavors. Also expensive, a bagel with plain cream cheese should be $2, not $5. But beggars can’t be choosers and I’m just happy to have something other than the travesty onto bagels that is Breuggers. The cream cheeses and cookies are fantastic, and the people were very friendly. It’s tiny and filled to the brim with students standing in line (out the door), but that’s how bagel places tend to be anyway.

Photo of Jessica Sparkle Jessica Sparkle
Oct 28, 2023 5

OMG I am not exaggerating when I say these are the absolute most delicious bagels I’ve had in NC. I used to work at a Jewish deli so I know legit bagels. The bagels themselves are lightly crunchy exteriors while maintaining a velvet soft interior. Every cream cheese is made in house and is so creamy and delicious! They also brew local Raleigh coffee! They were busy at 9:30 AM on a Saturday but nobody was flustered. There’s not a lot of room to stand and there isn’t anywhere to sit but honestly it simply doesn’t matter; the food is just that good!

Photo of Arthur Zak Arthur Zak
Sep 27, 2023 5

This New Yorker misses his bagels, and this place hit the spot. No crazy library of bagel flavors, just the stalwart standbys (perhaps a sweet bagel such as cinnamon raisin would be appreciated to pair with their sweeter cream cheeses). I got an open faced lox sandwich in an everything bagel, and boy was it a doozy. Excellent crust, soft inside, great flavors. The bagel seasonings on their flavors are dense, like a coat of armor, not a few piddling poppy seeds. The fig and honey cream cheese I had was good. Weekday late morning, barely any line.

Photo of Ted Arthur Ted Arthur
Sep 26, 2023 5

Best bagels I’ve had outside of the north east. Lox sandwich was worth the price due to quality ingredients. Staff was friendly. The coffee was good not great but who cares, the bagel was fantastic. Hoping they hire more staff and have more days open so I can eat here more often.

Photo of Jeff Jeff
Sep 3, 2023 4

Isaac's bagels are the best around (coming from a northerner). I know they have the potential to be 5 star because they were when I used to have them delivered to my house. I stopped in the store to grab a bagel but was quite disappointed that for the price I got a bagel that was the same size as one you would get in a package of mini lenders bagels from the grocery store. This wasn't the case when they used to deliver. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt since their store is new and hope they can improve this.

Photo of Jackson B Jackson B
Sep 1, 2023 5

Truly the best bagels I've had in Durham. Their everything bagel with Sichuan chili cream cheese is a perfect quick breakfast. Caution: if you're out for a walk in the surrounding area, you may be drawn in by the amazing smells of fresh bagels drifting downwind.

Photo of Joel Abrahams Joel Abrahams
Aug 30, 2023 5

The best bagels of all of Durham. I got the crease cheese and lox on an everything bagel. The ingredients, the balance of flavors, the portion size, the amount of spices added, everything is in balance. No single ingredient additionally added (capers, onion, or cucumbers) are overwhelming and help create a tasteful and amazing sandwich

Photo of Caitlin Barrett Caitlin Barrett
Aug 20, 2023 5

Best addition to Durham in a while. Everything is good. Everything. Try the lox on an everything bagel with Sechuan CC. Life changing. And don’t skip out on the pastry case. The babka is amazing but the real star is the chocolate chip cookie. How is it so good?!? When the weather gets cold, definitely grab a bag of homemade marshmallows, and pop them into your hot coffee. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Aug 14, 2023 4

There is a lot of chatter around Isaac's Bagels so we had to come find out if the bagels measure up. I will affirm that I agree with J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's opinion of bagels in his recent July essay on bagels (The Good Bagel Manifesto) on the Serious Eats website where he describes the essentials of a good bagel. Isaac's starts out well with crisp, crackly crust and the great amount of toppings. The everything seasoning is very garlicky and is very nice (could use a little more pretzel salt) and the other bagels have tons of topping! Then things kind of fall off a bit from the manifesto: the interior is too fluffy to the point that there is not really a hole in the bagel where it should be compact and chewy. Overall a very good bagel, but not perfect. I will say that the pastry is very good too so would try this as well. Very good overall but will try to come on a week day since the line was crazy on a Sunday morning.

Photo of Bryan Perlmutter Bryan Perlmutter
Aug 6, 2023 5

The soft opening was fantastic! Great bagels and sandwiches! We will be back (probably just earlier to beat the line)! Friendly staff! 10/10 would recommend

Photo of Ness Shortley Ness Shortley
Jul 9, 2023 5

Absolutely the best bagels I’ve had in years (and I used to live in New Jersey). The everything bagels are absolutely packed with flavour. Every bagel I’ve had from Isaac’s has been delicious.