Unbeknownst to even the most hardcore of bagel enthusiasts, the bread product also spelled “beigel” originated in Poland and was traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough. This roughly hand-sized treat, first boiled for a short time in water and then baked to golden perfection, has resulted in dense, chewy, doughy variations with browned and sometimes crispy surfaces. Over the years, the bagel has been enjoyed in many flavors crowned by many “toppings” including sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt, while popular accompanying spreads like cream cheese and butter have almost become representative of the bagel itself.

In California, there is definitely no shortage of quality bagel shops throughout the majority of neighborhoods in the Golden State, but Woodland Hills in particular boasts a number of notable, customer-satisfying spots. Here’s our roundup of some of the best bagels in Woodland Hills…

Western Bagel, at 21749 Ventura Boulevard, is often referred to by its legions of customers as having the “best bagels in the Valley,” offering unique variations including the Jalapeno Cheddar bagel with jalapeno cream cheese for an extra kick in addition to a plethora of other “New York-style” bagels. From classic flavors such as Everything, Poppy, Sesame and even Rye that are perfectly crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle to customer service that belies this shop’s size, Western Bagel serves its Woodland Hills clientele the best quality food with miles of smiles.

Manhattan Bagel, located at 20048 Ventura Boulevard, has become a staple in the San Fernando Valley amongst bagel aficionados seeking the freshest and fluffiest “roles with holes.” From bagels and cream cheese to coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, soups, salads and sides, Manhattan Bagel – like its New York City namesake – remains an all-encompassing bagel experience in Woodland Hills. The shop’s legendary breakfast classics, in particular, are offered all day and are made-to-order with fresh-cracked eggs and choice of breakfast meat on one of over 15 bagel flavors.

East Coast Bagel, situated at 23359 Mullholland Drive, is the kind of bagel stop that should be at the top of your list if taste is what matters. This staple of the West Valley serves not only some of the best bagels in Woodland Hills but delicious sandwiches as well, all of which come with a tangy, customer-favorite pickle. From incredible Turkey Salad paired with a Cheese Bagel or jalapeno cheese to seasonal bagel options, East Coast Bagel brings a taste of the Big Apple to the sun-kissed shores of L.A.

Offering mouthwatering bagels and freshly-brewed coffees, Noah’s Bagels at 21917 Ventura Boulevard has become Woodland Hills’ go-to breakfast spot with large, generously-proportioned bagels, reduced fat cream cheese selections, a myriad of sandwich creations and unique items like the Pretzel and Peppercorn Potato bagels. Often recommended by residents of Woodland Hills, Noah’s also provides friendly service and a casual yet inviting atmosphere including a charming outdoor dining area.

If you’re craving the unmistakable freshly-baked taste of a hot, soft bagel or are considering a recommendation for friends or family that are visiting and who are looking for a charming, local breakfast or lunch spot, you can’t go wrong with any of the shops mentioned in this roundup.