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Brooklyn Bagel Bakery

September 13, 2012


Brooklyn Bagel Bakery

Target: Sausage Egg and Cheese on an Asiago Bagel
Drink: Fountain Sprite
Damage to Wallet: Around $5

The Brooklyn Bagel Bakery is a little spot located in Arlington, Virginia. It is known locally for not only it’s bagels but also for breakfast sandwiches and lunch specials. During weekdays the line for getting a breakfast sandwich can be unbelievably long, however the wait time is usually very manageable as the multiple employees behind the counter are experts at getting orders up and out quickly. I usually find the short wait to be a blessing in disguise as it allows me time to select what type of bagel I would like to place my breakfast sandwich on. Be ready to shout out your order is soon as you’re up and you will have no problem getting in and out of the Brooklyn Bagel Bakery in no time. Be warned this restaurant does not accept credit cards.

This place has a number of things going for it. First off they make that the bagels in house right in front of you. There’s something very Wonka like about watching a tiny bagel assembly-line occurring before your very eyes. Next they use actual eggs in their egg sandwiches as opposed to some sort of industrial egg substitute. And finally the number of cooks employed ensures that you are never waiting for more griddle space to open up, your order is cooked as soon as it is received. All of this combines to create a loud, sometimes confusing, and delicious smelling operation that is rarely found outside of New York City.*

* I understand some people are going to say that the bagels aren’t equal to NYC bagels. I accept that. It doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them.

Target: Sausage Egg and Cheese on an Asiago Bagel

This breakfast sandwich avoided all of the classic pitfalls of the genre. The bagel was extremely fresh and therefore soft, the eggs were cooked expertly and the cheese and sausage didn’t overwhelm the taste of the bagel.

I am not a bagel expert. Breakfast sandwiches of one of the few times I actively order bagels when I go out to eat. I found this particular bagel to be absolutely delicious. The asiago cheese on top added a nice flavor dimension to what tasted like otherwise a relatively plain bagel. It had a nice chewy texture and tasted extremely fresh, although I may have been fooled by the fact that they were manufacturing these about 15 feet away from where my sandwich was prepared. Having all the bagels made in-house seemed to make a big difference in the quality of the final product.

Freshly scrambled eggs combined with American cheese and breakfast sausage combined predictably well. This has been a staple of American breakfasts for a long time for a reason, because it rocks. (And of course the money the Sausage Lobby pours into the Breakfast Industry)

Drink: Fountain Sprite

I have no idea why I always order Sprite with Breakfast sandwiches. But I do.

Damage to Wallet: Around $5 (the Sandwich is $3.99)

Final Verdict: I loved this sandwich. I get it quite often. The bacon egg and cheese is also excellent. So is the regular egg and cheese. Try it out with your favorite Bagel. Bring some cash and enjoy yourself.




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