Above: If you can find it, a visit to Hoboken is well worth the trip.

Not too long ago, I found myself deep in Marietta after some early morning errands on a Sunday. It was there that I stumbled across one of Atlanta’s best-kept bagel secrets, Hoboken Bread and Bagel.

Blink and you’ll miss this small shop, located at the end of a tiny strip mall in an industrial area off Sandy Plains Road. But if you make it inside, you’ll find a deli with lots of character and great bagels to boot.

So how does Hoboken stack up to Atlanta’s best? Find out in this week’s edition of Better Know a Bagel.

Atmosphere

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A few of the tasty pastries at Hoboken.

Open the doors at Hoboken and you’ll most likely be greeted by the shop’s owners as if you’re a regular, even if it’s your first time there.

Hoboken does have a steady stream of regulars because the husband-and-wife owners have run the deli for more than 20 years. Anne, one of the owners, said, “We’ve been here so long, we’re the only neighborhood place left in the neighborhood.”

Inside, you can easily convince yourself that you’ve stepped into a real New York deli because the cramped quarters offer only enough space for a few tables and a deli counter. Still, this one-of-a-kind shop offers ample charm and just enough room to sit down for a tasty bagel.

Verdict: 4/5 bagels

Bagels

The bagels at Hoboken aren’t authentic New York style. They are different from any I’ve had in Atlanta. Incredibly light, fluffy and full of flavor, these bagels are baked in house and come in about 15 varieties, including garlic, everything, sun-dried tomato and pumpernickel.

Hoboken’s New York-style lox bagel is fresh and not too filling, but you also can’t go wrong with one of their egg bagel sandwiches. In addition, the deli offers a wide selection of house-made muffins, croissants and pastries.

Hoboken’s lox bagel is an authentic and decadent delicacy.

Hoboken’s lox bagel is an authentic and decadent delicacy.

Verdict: 5/5 bagels

Spreads

Not much variety among the house-made spreads at Hoboken, but its regular cream cheese is excellent. The shop also offers veggie, green olive and smoked salmon schmears.

Hoboken also has a wide selection of authentic New York-style deli sandwiches.

Verdict: 4/5 bagels

Overall

A hidden local gem. I highly recommend a visit to Hoboken Bagel for hot coffee and a morning nosh. From the friendly owners and regulars to the delicious bagels and pastries, this shop is well worth the drive into Marietta.

Verdict: 4.5/5 bagels

Next time: Bagel Boys Cafe in Sandy Springs

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