By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published May 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Ah, the search for the perfect bagel goes on.

Maybe not perfect. But at least outstanding.

Milwaukee, like most cities, has two bagel chain places, Einstein's and Bruegger's. I don't mind either one, although if I had a preference I guess I'd go with Einstein's.

But both places leave me a little dissatisfied. The best bagel I've ever had was a regular one I bought in New York from a breakfast truck.

For me, there are a couple of things that make a great bagel. One is the texture. It must be chewy but it can't be hard to chew. You shouldn't have to work to get a bagel chewed. The crust should be crisp and the inside chewy.

The second thing is the flavor. It has to have a little bit of yeast taste. Yeast is added to flour, water, salt and malt syrup to make the bagel dough. I like to get a little bit of the unique flavor of the yeast in my bagel.

And they are hard to find in Milwaukee. I've been to most grocery stores and many of the bakeries in Milwaukee. I've been to the two great deli's, Benji's and Jake's. And as of yet, I haven't found the great bagel.

Ah, well. The search continues.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

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