St. Louis slices its bagels HOW?! A minor scandal has engulfed the internet thanks to this tweet from NOAA employee Alek Krautmann, who said he had recently introduced his co-workers to the "St. Louis secret" way of ordering bagels: "bread sliced." Accompanying the tweet was a photo of two boxes of bagels sliced into thin, vertical strips rather than the traditional method of slicing a bagel in half horizontally. Low-level shock and outrage ensued.
- Eater (which also rounds up images of people mocking "St. Louis style" foods) speaks to "resident St. Louis expert Julia Rubin" of Vox's The Goods, and she explains that there are benefits to "bread-sliced" bagels, such as being able to "maximize your surface area for spreads" or eat them one-handed in the car while dunking them into a spread.
- Rubin also points out that unlike, say, New York, St. Louis doesn't have a plethora of bagel options. The only place you can really buy bagels is at the kind of chain joint a bagel snob would look down upon; the bagels in the photo appear to be from Panera Bread—which was actually founded in St. Louis and is still known there as St. Louis Bread Company (and referred to by locals as Bread Co.).