Wagel bagel at West End Bagels

West End Bagels wagel bagel

By Deanna Fox

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? So it's no surprise that for as much attention as "mindful" or "healthy" eating receives, things like over-the-top bagels exist.

Social media was stormed by the rainbow bagel phenom out of New York City, and now we have our own version, too -- the beast that is the wagel bagel at West End Bagels.

West End Bagels Clifton Park exterior 2017-August

West End Bagels, located in the Clifton Park Commons, could be easily mistaken for a chain, but it's locally owned with on-premises prep and baking of the bagels.

The store gained notice instantly for the wagel bagel, a tie-dyed orb of orange, purple, yellow, and green dough. (Here's the backstory on both the bagel and the name.)

The bagel itself tastes like, well, a bagel. The vegetable-based food dye does not affect the taste of the bagel, which had a slightly sour taste and tender crumb. The outer crust is pocked and blistered and crackles just a bit under the teeth, but overall the bagel is airy and chewy and only slightly toothsome.

The funfetti cream cheese, which is the natural pairing for the multi-hued bagel, has the tang of cream cheese but tastes shockingly exactly like raw yellow cake batter. It's a wonder how akin it is to licking the spoon. Pink, yellow, and blue sprinkles and folded into the cream cheese and subtly dissolve so eliminate any crunchy bits in this pseudo-frosting.

West End Bagels plain bagel cream cheese

My kids were with me on this breakfast excursion and opted for more adult offerings. A plain bagel, untoasted, with cream cheese was a solid version of a morning classic. A chocolate chip bagel was speckled with almost bittersweet cocoa bits that balanced the doughy sweetness of the bagel. (Sidenote: The kid who chose this bagel lost a tooth in the eating of said bagel, so he recommends if you have a loose tooth that needs to go, choose this bagel.)

West End Bagels chocolate chip bagel

Three bagels, two with cream cheese and one plain, a medium cup of coffee, and two gem-colored bottled drinks from the cooler that my kids said were "healthful" but probably weren't came to $16 and change. The line is never long but always constant, and popular bagels (like the wagel) tend to sell out early in the day.

Deanna Fox writes about many things, mostly about food. More can be found on her website, Twitter, or Instagram.

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West End Bagels
5 Southside Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065

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