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Bagel & Box
This was the day we realized this job might kill us. “We’re really close to a college,” said owner David Stok, which is pretty much the only explanation for the Lombard Supreme, an absurd combination of a burger patty, sausage patty, bacon, egg and cheese that actually ate remarkably cleanly. 4707 N Lombard; facebook.com/BagelandBox
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Kenny and Zuke’s
Kenny and Zuke’s does bagels so well that they opened a separate shop, Bagelworks, specifically to showcase their bagels. Shown here is Kenny and Zuke’s Bagel, Egg and Cheese Sandwich ($6.75); you can also add pastrami, bacon, or corned beef. 1038 SW Stark St; kennyandzukes.com
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Bowery Bagels
Bowery Bagels, the relative newcomer to the Portland bagel scene, has a menu of bagel sandwiches named after Portland heroes. Shown here is the Oliver Lent ($6.50), which features egg, caramelized onion, and gruyere, on your choice of bagel. For a limited time, you can get your sandwich on a stuffing bagel or a pumpkin bagel Fridays-Sundays. 310 NW Broadway; bowerybagels.com
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Bridgetown Bagel Company
The bagels that get boiled and baked inside the Bridgetown Bagel Company’s bright yellow cart are some of Portland’s best takes on the traditional Jewish foodstuff. But if you’d like to supplement your bagel with a healthy dose of irony, go for the Three Little Pigs, which adds the decidedly un-kosher trinity of ham, sausage, and bacon to the classic egg and cheese. 5221 NE Sandy Blvd; bridgetownbagel.com
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Kornblatt’s Delicatessen
New York transplants can take refuge with this breakfast, pastrami shipped right from the Big Apple topped with a fried egg and Swiss cheese, all tucked into an everything bagel ($5.25).
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Spielman Bagels
Spielman doesn’t try anything fancy, nor do they need to with bagels like this. Your choice of meat, cheese, and scrambled egg (come tucked into one of the city’s favorite boiled bagels (shown here is a salt bagel). 2128 SE Division St; spielmanbagels.com
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