I feel Megan's pain regaring the DC bagel situation. Then again, a good bagel is hard to find in almost every city. But sometimes you surprise yourself — I had a pretty good bagel shop in North Carolina one time. So when I stopped by a Dutch cafe looking for some breakfast while waiting for my hotel to let me check in and saw a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon on the menu, I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out not to have been such a hot idea.
At any rate, Bodo's Bagels in Charlottesville makes a better bagel than anything I ever had in DC, so as far as I know that's the closest good bagel to the nation's capital.
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