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Best Gluten-Free Bread Product 

Odd Bagel

It's hard enough to get a decent bagel of any kind in the Bay Area; asking for one that's gluten-free just seems like delusion. But here's the honest truth: Oakland-based Odd Bagel sells gluten-free bagels — made with a mix of rice flour, potato flour, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum — that are chewier, more flavorful, and more "bagel-y" than most of the wheat-flour varieties on the market. Mostly, it's a texture thing. So many of the gluten-free breads we've tasted are dry, chalky, and strangely insubstantial once you put them in your mouth. Not so with these dense, tight-crumbed beauties, which have a satisfying snap to their crust and are pleasantly chewy enough to please even the most discerning bagel purist. Enjoy toasted or untoasted, with or without the requisite East Coast schmear.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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