photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Best Bite Out of the East Coast

Nervous Charlie's

Bagels might not be the most contentious debate here in the capital city, but don’t tell that to an East Coast expat. Be it the minerals in the water, the method of cooking (briefly boiled then baked), or what items should top the most famous of breads in Jewish heritage, the cognoscenti know a fake when they bite into one. Long Island transplant Chris Cunningham and partner Ali White are quite serious about bringing authentic bagels to the Austin masses. Using dough from the Big Apple, the duo (and crew) serve up an array of breakfast (try the wonderful Alexa) and lunch sandwiches (go for the Empire). You’ll hear no Bronx cheers at this comfortable cafe.

Nervous Charlie's
5501 N. Lamar, 512/366-5305

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