By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 04, 2024 at 11:01 AM

Allie Boy's Bagelry & Luncheonette
135 East National Ave., (414) 988-0388

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Milwaukee is no longer a “good bagel” desert, thanks in large part to Allie Boy’s, which has contributed to the scene with its East Coast-inflected offerings from toothsome housemade bagels and schmears to an ever-changing menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and creative noshes.

You can tell there are two experienced restaurant veterans at the helm. There’s mastery to be found in their New York-style bagels (made fresh daily), next level schmears and inventive nibbles.

Items like soup, which change with the seasons, are absolute comfort on a chilly day; grab a bowl and a half-portion of tartine (the tamago egg salad is delicious) and it might be among the best lunches you enjoy all week.

Most importantly, keep your eye on specials like their weekend bialys and regular sandwich specials. (Also watch for a new East Side location for the bagelry coming in the spring.)

Recommended: Bagels(!); The Big Latke Waffle; tamago egg salad tartine; bialys (on weekends)

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.