It’s no secret: Boston hasn’t always been respected as a bagel town. There was a time when asking for the best bagel in Boston would elicit a scoff and a claim that you should take the trip to New York, or New Jersey, or even Montreal, before deigning to settle for a bagel you get in Boston. But things have changed. Boston now has bagels that stack up with the best from around the country. (Yes, I even got some native New Yorkers to admit this.)

When I started making a list of Boston bagelries to visit—places I’ve been to or heard about, plus places you recommended—the list was long. Here’s the first in what may be a multi-installment series. It’s full of new and old establishments, all of which combine to account for Boston’s bagel renaissance.