The Place: Bloomington Bagel Company
I love bagels, and it seems like BBC has the monopoly on them here. There are 2 BBC locations in town, and I had eaten at the Morton St. location once before, so this time we went to the Dunn St. one.
Friday, June 23, 2006, 1:00 PM
Bloomington Bagel has that coffee shop appeal. You know, the one that makes you want to bring some friends or a book and just hang out for a while. The tables are covered in photos taken around the world of people holding bagels, there is art from local artists on the walls, and of course the wonderful smell of the bakery is in the air. There are some tables out front, too, so that you can eat outside on a nice day. They have a kid’s corner with toys, and this sign for the bathroom amused me. It’s also nice to see the multiple recycle bins near the trashcans.
I know that not liking lox makes me quite un-Jewish, but what can I do? I like gefilte fish, so that makes up for it, right? I wanted to get the Bagel Dog, but they were out at that moment, so I just ordered a bagel sandwich with some turkey, garlic/herb schmear (cream cheese, for those not in the know), and lettuce, all on a honey wheat toasted bagel. (And they did have an avocado, but it wasn’t ripe yet. Oh well.) The bagel had a very good crunchy to chewy ratio, and over all everything was tasty. Erik, of course, was very happy to get the lox and bagel, open faced, with garlic/herb schmear, tomato, and capers. He was very happy that they knew to put the capers between the cream cheese and the lox so that they didn’t fall off.
We happened to go on a Friday, so they had some challah bread (traditional egg bread that Jews eat primarily on the Sabbath). I got excited, because it’s had been awhile since I’d had good challah. I was quite disappointed. The challah wasn’t very egg-y, and the texture was off somehow. It also started going bad after 2 or 3 days. Oh well. Guess I’ll continue my search for good challah, although the challah at O’Malia’s isn’t too bad.
After we enjoyed our sandwiches, we were already out the door when we realized that we forgot dessert! They have a good selection of brownies, cookies, and other baked goods. The lady behind the counter highly recommended the s’mores bar heated up, and I definitely have to pass along that recommendation. It has all the goodness of s’mores without the burnt marshmallow or falling apart graham crackers. Yum!
There were a few young ladies, probably college students, working behind the counter, and they were very friendly and helpful.
Of course the lox and bagel was the most expensive sandwich at $7.30, while my make-your-own was $5.50. There are definitely cheaper things on the menu, too.
They were very friendly and the food was reasonably priced. I recently went back and got some bagels to go, and while the bagels still tasted good, almost all of them were misshapen, making bagel sandwich making a bit hard. But with not much other options, I will go to the BBC when I feel the need for some bagels.
How Often Would I Go Back?
Every 3 weeks. (What’s this?)