Who doesn’t love to indulge in a bagel sandwich loaded with cream cheese and fresh toppings from time to time? Even though you don’t need an excuse to do so, National Bagel Day on January 15 is the perfect time to enjoy a flavorful bagel. Check out these three local spots where you can pick up a freshly baked one here in Lexington.

Great Bagel & Bakery

The hand-crafted bagels are boiled, baked, and made to order every single day at this delicious spot. They sell breakfast and lunch sandwiches made with a variety of bagels — like sesame, everything, or asiago: The Kentucky Brown (turkey, bacon, mornay sauce, tomato, and pimento) pays homage to the Bluegrass State, Healthy Sprout (sprouts, cucumber, and cream cheese) is a hearty and healthy breakfast, and you can never go wrong with the Basic (eggs and cheese). Don’t love any of the options? You can build your own!

Southland Bagel

This bagel shop is committed to using local ingredients as often as possible to create its classic and inventive bagel flavors, cream cheeses, and more. They hand roll every bagel and boil them in Kentucky sorghum. The creatively-named bagel sandwiches — like cheese & thank u, just beet it, and hulk smash — are loaded up with tasty toppings. Unique bagel flavors include tomato herb, chocolate chip, gingerbread, and more.

Third Street Stuff & Coffee

In addition to serving locally roasted, fair trade organic coffee, Third Street Stuff has a nice selection of locally baked bagels. Their bagel flavors include plain, cheese, seeded, jalapeño cheddar, and everything. You can order a bagel with cream cheese (options include plain, pesto, garlic, or olive nut), a ham and cheese bagel, a turkey and cheese bagel, or a veggie version. They even have a smoked salmon option.