Local bagel shop offers options to fuel up mornings
With the hustle of early morning classes, college students often find themselves skipping breakfast.
Lack of breakfast has been linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. According to Yahoo Health, it can also have negative effects on mood, memory and energy levels.
It is important for college students to fuel up in the morning to ensure they stay focused in class and have the energy to go through their busy days. For a convenient breakfast stop, Bagel Nosh & Deli located at 357 George St. has got students covered.
With no visible sign on its awning, Bagel Nosh could easily be missed. Only a small plastic sign sits in front of the store advertising bagels, breakfast sandwiches and coffee. For reference, the shop is located directly across the street from Subway.
On a Saturday morning, Bagel Nosh had a steady stream of customers ordering bagel sandwiches and breakfast platters. It is a small shop with eight two-seater tables.
The layout of the establishment is made for quick takeout meals. Expect the order to be packaged in Styrofoam containers, foil and parchment paper unless specified otherwise.
The service at Bagel Nosh is generally fast, considering only husband and wife, John and Sunny Yi, run Bagel Nosh. While John prepares the food, Sunny manages the front desk.
I ordered the Baja Omelet, which features three eggs, sausage, mushroom, jack cheese and potato. The platter is also served with home fries and toast.
As I cut through the omelet, jack cheese oozed out and added the perfect amount of spiciness to the mild eggs. The sausage, mushroom and potato were generously and evenly distributed through the omelet.
The home fries were cooked well, but were disappointingly bland even though they were seasoned with paprika, black pepper, garlic and onion powder. Diced onion, green and red pepper provided crunchiness that contrasted with the soft potatoes.
Condiments such as ketchup and Sriracha sauce can be found on the front counter to further enhance the breakfast platter.
For $4.95, I recommend the Baja Omelet for its large portion size. Just make sure to add a little salt, pepper or ketchup.
Customers have a choice between white or whole-wheat toast to go along with their omelet. In an attempt to be healthy, I opted for whole wheat. The two slices of crunchy toast were slathered with creamy butter.
Bagel Nosh also offers a variety of hot grilled sandwiches, which can be ordered as a roll, wrap or sub.
I chose the number 20 chicken sandwich on a roll. It included fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, tomato, honey mustard and caramelized onion.
The chicken was moist and tender, but the juicy chicken and slices of tomato left the bottom roll soggy. The roasted red pepper and honey mustard added a natural sweetness to the savory sandwich.
Instead of the chicken sandwich, I would recommend ordering other hot grilled sandwiches like the Honey Mooner. This sandwich included honey turkey, cheddar cheese, lettuce, roasted pepper and mayo.
Although Bagel Nosh’s menu includes more than 50 deli-style sandwiches, they are known for their bagels. Customers can watch their bagel being prepared behind a glass screen full of ingredients.
My favorite selection was the Nova Special 1. This bagel sandwich layers smoked salmon, cream cheese, onion and tomato. I ordered mine with a firmly crusted, yet chewy everything bagel. The sharpness of the red onion complemented the fresh-tasting smoked salmon.
Other bagel options include poppy seed, sesame, garlic, whole wheat, French toast, sugar cinnamon raisin and blueberry. John Yi noted all bagels are made fresh on-site.
To accompany the meal, Bagel Nosh offers a wide range of flavored coffee, teas and bottled beverages.
The bagel shop is also a great place to have lunch. They offer salads, specialty wraps and even burgers.
Maria Vasquez, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said she is a regular at Bagel Nosh. As a resident of Rockoff Hall, she considers Bagel Nosh a convenient cafe for breakfast and lunch.
She described the Milano wrap, which combines grilled chicken, zucchini, spinach, blue cheese, roasted peppers and pesto mayo, as “exquisite.”
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