Jul 20, 2015 - Food and Drink

Poll: Who has the best bagels in Charlotte? A look into Poppy’s Bagels in Cotswold



Ugh. I love both Owen’s Bagels & Deli and Poppy’s Bagels & More. Both are head and shoulders above other bagels places in Charlotte. For most bagel lovers, loyalty is going to come down to location – Owen’s is in the heart of South End and Poppy’s is in the heart of Cotswold.

If you’re forcing me to choose, I have to go with Poppy’s – crisp texture on the outside, chewy on the inside and perfect amount of salt flavor. It’s also a quick seven minute drive from my house.

But, enough about me. Who do you think has the best bagels in Charlotte?


I posted a photo of Poppy’s on our Agenda Instagram account and smart Charlotteans lit up the comment section…

Let’s talk about Poppy’s.

Fast Poppy’s facts:

  • Each day, they produce around 1,500 to 2,000 fresh bagels.
  • Most popular bagels are plain and everything.
  • Opened in 2010 and is a family owned business by Ronnie Ripper and his parents Leslie and Georgeana. Ronnie moved to Charlotte from New York (Long Island) and created the shop because he missed high quality bagels (like he had in New York).
  • Grandchildren call Leslie, “Poppy” – thus the name.
  • All Poppy’s bagels are made from scratch, boiled and baked.
  • Poppy’s also whips their own cream cheeses.
  • Current breakfast special (weekday only): Bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel with coffee for $5.49.
  • Agenda Pro Tip: I recommend going before 7:30am on the weekends to avoid the crowds. Cash register guy told me that “The line wraps around three times when we’re busy. Also, there are two churches nearby, so we get very busy after the services on Sunday.”

Tour Poppy’s Bagels & More:

poppy's bagels in cotswold
counter at poppy's bagels
cash register at poppy's bagels charlotte
poppy's cotswold bagels charlotte
poppy's bagels coffee charlotte
poppy's bagels patio cotswold charlotte
poppy's bagels everything bagel
poppys everything bagel charlotte
bacon egg and cheese at poppy's bagels
poppy's bagels owner charlotte

I also took a semi-creepy photo of the owner on his cell phone outside the store…

Some photos via Facebook.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Charlotte.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Charlotte stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Charlotte.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more