The Bagel Bakery is one of those comfort zone places for the GLOB Master. A long time favorite where I know I can go stand in the line at the counter waiting for my turn for a lunch that will never disappoint. Today it was a Bagel Bakery Signature Sandwich Broccoli Cheddar Melt. This Jalpeno Bagel, Cream Cheese and my change to a Monterrey Jack Cheese served open face with a cranberry nut muffin sounded perfectly lunch-like to me. I included the muffin because I love their muffins almost as much as their bagels. When the sandwich maker behind the counter asked me what kind of cream cheese I wanted I had not thought about the Bakery having eight different kinds of cream cheese including Jalapeno. Spontaneously I asked for the spicy cheese to complement my spicy jalapneo bagel. "I see you are into spice and heat," The customer friendly server said. " You should make the cheese on top a pepper jack cheese." So I did. What a wonderfully spicy, peppery tasting lunch time bomb. First jalapenos peppers in the texture of the chewy bagel bread introduced themselves to my palette. The crunch of the broccoli combined with the gooey cream cheese and jalapenos were next making me smile with flavor contrasting flavors I wasn't expecting. The melted jack cheese on top was warm, cheesy-gooey with flecks of pepper as well. I could take my eyes off of my cranberry nut muffin. This banana bread brings delight brings back fond memories of working in UF's Department of Entomology and Nematology where I happily brought a bag of bagels and cream cheese to share with my morning work mates. Ahhh, life is good with a ton of happy memories of good times, good friends, and really good eats, and Dana Carvey singing about, "Choppin' Broccoli."
Bagel shop elicits memories of home
I had a very routine eating schedule growing up: bowl of cereal for breakfast, pizza or packed meal for lunch, and Caesar salad with butter and cheese pasta for dinner. It is hard not to look back and see how far I've come in broadening my palette and expanding my culinary horizons. Each time I return home, one thing that has always remained the same is the weekend bag of bagels.
I am spoiled on bagels forever, and I know that. I have tried to wean myself off of so much delicious bread goodness, the crispy toasted edges bordering the fluffy, fresh insides. I find myself craving them to the point that I am now on a hunt to find a decent bagel place in Gainesville. Suggestions welcome!
After Sunday, I can now check the Bagel Bakery at 43rd and 16th Street off of my list. Sunday brunch has always been my preferred meal, so of course I had to venture at such a (busy) time despite the shop being open from 6:30 am-5 pm on weekdays and 7 am-4 pm on weekends. My roommate, Alyssa, was on the bagel train, too, so we joined the long line of hungry patrons in the small but packed bagel shop. I figured I could make an egg sandwich at home, so instead I opted for the Nova and Cream Cheese Bagel with everything included, image right, as usual but using a bagel type I usually never go for: pumpernickel. Alyssa opted for chicken salad on a garlic bagel, image right, although hers was missing the greens and cheese that were detailed on the menu. I took a bite, and let's just say I am safe from vampires for a long time. As Alyssa put it, "A garlic bagel is heaven in my mouth." She is the ultimate garlic lover.
There is a complete Bagel Bakery menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.
My Nova and Cream Cheese Bagel was truly a unique experience among the many versions I have tasted. Typically, I am presented with a toasted bagel and plain cream cheese, a few strips of lox, capers, and possibly a tomato and raw onion. I was expecting those elements. I did not anticipate the salad that appeared atop my slightly limp pumpernickel bagel. The dark bagel backdrop presented a canvas for not-very-hearty portions of cream cheese and nova slices, but a generous helping of capers with a tomato slice accompanied by slivers of raw onion. To my surprise, the bagel topping continued to reach new heights literally with the addition of a few thin slices of cucumber topping the onion followed by a heaping mound of sprouts and two leaves of lettuce. I tried the entire compilation together, and it was just too much and took away from the true essence of a simple lox with cream cheese bagel, so I ate the "salad" of sprouts, lettuce, and cucumber first.
Usually, when it comes to food, I am of "the more the better" mentality, but this was not the case. I would have preferred a thicker bagel, which the cashier said was toasted but did not seeming so to me, and fewer ingredients so the cool cream cheese would be highlighted against the nova and caper flavors. Tt was a relatively decent bagel experience all things considered, although I certainly have not found a good enough substitute for the ones my mom brought home growing up. I was very excited, though, to see a few outdoor tables, as I think many of us will agree that this weather is phenomenal and deserves some attention!
The Pluses and Minuses of The Bagel Bakery:
Bagel Bakery (+) indicators: Relatively quick service line, local, fresh produce, variety of meal options for breakfast and lunch, adequate indoor and outdoor seating, price matches meal.
Bagel Bakery (+) indicators: Too many ingredients for a bagel, some bagels are apparently quite thin, a tad skimpy on the cream cheese.
Breakfast spot transforms nicely for lunch
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
A familiar way to start my day is by ordering a sausage, egg, and cheese bagel too eat while I read the morning newspaper. One of the better bagels shops in town is the Bagel Bakery on NW 16th Boulevard.
After recently trying the Bagel Bakery for lunch, I have a new respect for a place that I was thinking was strictly for breakfast.
Not true, fellow GLOBers. The Bagel Bakery offers many unusual lunch time entrees in a fast and efficient manner with a very tasty result.
Paninis, wraps, soups, salads, and, of course. bagel sandwiches covers the choices this airy restaurant offers for the lunch outer in a hurry for a quick bite to eat. Plus the Bagel Bakery menu board is a great source of lunch specials.
My lunch mission at the Bagel Bakery this day was a cup of 'hot chili' to counter to help put my head in a coler place this very hot July.
The BB had a lunch special the day of my visit that consisted of a cup of soup and a half of a bacon turkey wrap -- plus the soup of the day was chili – how lucky is that? This lunch special was just the right amount of comfort food to help get me through the day.
The Bagel Bakery lunch line routine worked with the same precision as the early morning shift. The folks behind the counter understood their assignment of getting customers out of the lunch line and to their tables with a smile on their face.
Strategically placed at the end of the line by the cash registers sits the giant chocolate chip cookies and chocolate brownies. Perfectly sweet desserts to top off what is a quick and satisfying lunch.
If you are in a hurry and looking for fast food that is a little healthier than a burger and fries, this is the place for you.
I just had one of the best lunches I've had in some time. I am a fan of bagel shops for breakfast. Those multitude of bagels and toppings make the selection of my sausage-egg- cheese breakfast sandwich a wonderful experience. I was pleased to discover that the Bagel Bakery on NW 16th Blvd has an egg, spinach and sausage sandwich on some of the best fresh baked foccacia bread with Parmesan cheese topping the GLOB Master has ever tasted. Foccacia bread is a flat, oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients, in this case Parmesan cheese. It is related to pizza dough but is not the same as it. Talking about being a 'Happy Boy!' The bread was soft and lightly toasted, which resulted in an extraordinary texture and flavor base for the sharp, savory flavors of the spinach, Parmesan, and sausage. I felt as if I had discovered the reason for sandwich making in each bite. I will be going back to the Bagel Bakery for another Foccacia Spinach & Sausage lunch. I might be going back every day!
The Pluses and Minuses of The Bagel Bakery:
Bagel Bakery (+) indicators: This is an excellent lunch stop for GLOBers in a hurry.
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- Phone Number: (352) 384-9110
- Address: 4113 NW 16th Blvd,, Gainesvlle, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: NW 16th Avenue
- Web Site: Bagel Bakery
- Latitude: 29.672124
- Longitude: -82.386833
Ron Schmidt Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:26 Comment Link
Ditto on that Rosey. Maybe I will buy you lunch there sometime. I like their wrap sandwiches, especially the Cocky Curry Chicken on Tomato Basil Wrap. Proprietor is a good guy and has good rapport with his young employees. A true neighborhood place. Their bagels are locally grown and free range and not grown on one of those large bagel farms in Ohio. Further, it feels good to support small business.
J Rosey Tuesday, 18 January 2011 12:36 Comment Link
This works for me. I’m going to give them a try. Right in my neighborhood too!