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Where to celebrate National Bagel Day in Buffalo

Not only is Feb. 9 Fat Tuesday and Paczki Day, but National Bagel Day. Why not add a few extra carbs to your routine?

In the interest of research (and because we had nothing better to do) my 16-year-old niece Emma (and photographer for this story) hit up popular bagel joints to taste test bagels found there is an entire Saturday bagel culture out there — all the places were packed.

From our Tour de Bagels:

Bagel Jay’s on Delaware Avenue: The Pizza Bagel ($3.79)

Bagel Jay's pizza on a bagel. (Photo credit Emma Schiedel)

From the Jay’s Classics portion of the menu comes the Pizza Bagel. The counter girl recommended a Tomato Basil bagel as a base. Yes, we burned the roofs of our mouths right out of the gate, but it was mighty tasty.

Ambiance: OK, but tables needed wiping.

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Spot Coffee on Hertel Avenue: The Mike Sandwich on Bagel ($5.45)

The Mike Sandwich from Spot Coffee. (Photo credit Emma Schiedel)

A toasted bagel with two fried eggs, cream cheese and provolone was excellent. Delicious in its own right, but we should have added bacon.

Hot chocolate with whipped cream from Spot Coffee.

The hot chocolate made this stop extra special!

Ambiance: Great fireplace. Odd techno dance music.

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Daily Planet Coffee Company (Hertel Avenue): Bagel with Jam ($1.91)

Daily jam from Daily Planet Coffee Company.

Simple and sweet, with plenty of butter, and a healthy cup of jam served on the side.

Ambiance: Cozy worn furniture. Sweaty windows. Nice calming music.

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Manhattan Bagel (Main Street, Snyder): Ellis Island Hot Pastrami on Rye Bagel ($6.59)

ManhattanPatrami

(Photo credit Emma Schiedel)

Delicious, with lots of pastrami, red onion, mustard and melty cheese.

Ambiance: Eeh, nothing special. Tables needed wiping here too.

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Panera Bread (Main St., Snyder): Avocado, White Egg & Spinach (MIA)

Why no picture of what Panera calls a "Breakfast Power Sandwich"? We were told “Breakfast is over.” Huh? Yes it was 1 p.m., but we didn’t see breakfast times on the posted store menu (unless it was teeny tiny), nor online.

Plus, isn’t this basically a sandwich? Ironically we think we could have gotten a toasted bagel though (but didn't try). Get with the program, Panera! Even Mickey D’s realizes the benefits of serving breakfast all day. Thumbs down!

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