Near-perfect bagels at a hidden gem

Given Kevin Crowley’s pedigree, it’s no surprise that even a prospect as simple as a bagel shop would receive an incredible amount of care and attention. And that’s why The Lox Bagel Shop in the Short North became an immediate hit when it opened, quickly topping the list of most craveable and most frequently Instagrammed Columbus spots.

Before opening The Lox, Crowley, a 2019 Columbus Monthly Tastemaker, worked for Northstar Café, a Columbus institution known for its thoughtful sourcing. Crowley enlisted the expertise of chef Silas Caeton (a fellow Tastemaker and an alum of Veritas Tavern and Cosecha Cocina) to lead the kitchen.

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Following months of research, the two perfected recipes for bagels that blend New York City and Montreal traditions, boiling the dough first before baking it in a wood-fired oven. The result is a roster of near-perfect bagels with thick crusts and soft interiors, perfect for stuffing with a slew of house-made ingredients such as light and salty lox, tender pastrami, rich tuna salad, or jams and cream cheeses.

The side street location in the heart of the Short North makes the shop seem like a hidden gem. Given the steady crowds eagerly awaiting the eatery’s breakfasts, it’s clear that the word is out: The Lox has firmly entrenched itself in the city’s dining scene.

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