Old School Bagel Cafe: bagel delight
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In my opinion, the most flavorful and chewy bagels in the metro can be found at Old School Bagel Cafe. Their bagels are created the old fashioned way — by first boiling them in water and then baking them. Of course, the dough is made fresh daily. Their bagels are always perfectly chewy but also light, just like I remember from New York City.
On any given day, you can expect to find at least ten different bagels and a wide array of toppings to build any kind of lunch or breakfast bagel concoction. Bagels can be purchased individually for only 99 cents each or in any combination, including half dozen or dozen.
Whenever I visit Old School Bagel Cafe I first try to decide if I’m in the mood for something sweet or something savory. Then, I select my bagel and toppings. For a sweet craving, I love their blueberry or chocolate chip bagel smeared with honey-almond cream cheese ($2.29 – see a pic). The honey-almond is great, but they create several other decadent varieties of cream cheese to try as well.
When I’m feeling savory at breakfast, I tend toward a multigrain or everything bagel topped with egg, cheese and bacon or ham or sausage ($3.29). This one makes for a very satisfying start to any day. The jalapeño bagel also offers a tasty kick to any breakfast or lunch sandwich, including the BLT with egg.
At lunch, Old School Bagel Cafe offers a variety of sandwich choices. From pastrami to peanut butter and jelly to pizza-style, the options for your bagel seem endless. It will take you numerous visits trying several different combinations to find your favorites.
My lunch favorites include the Tuna Salad on a Salt Bagel ($5.49 – see a pic) — a fabulous combination with lettuce and tomato. Although not on a bagel, the Reuben (see a pic) is also excellent and piled high with tender meat, kraut and covered in melty cheese.
Old School Bagel Cafe operates several locations in the Oklahoma City metro, as well as one in Stillwater and one in Tulsa. The interiors of all the locations are similar. They are counter-service restaurants and you place your order near the bins displaying all of the day’s bagels. This allows you a chance to contemplate which bagels you want while you check out the menu. Ordering is simple and efficient which is important because often the line is long.
Each location offers comfortable seating indoors. Some have couches and TVs and some even offer outdoor seating. Every location offers to-go orders and a few locations offer drive through service as well.
The only disappointment I’ve experienced at Old School Bagel Cafe is when I’ve arrived to find that they are already out of some of my favorite bagels. But it’s always turned out fine because I have yet to try something I didn’t enjoy here. So, embrace the variety of choices they provide and explore all that their menu has to offer. I bet you’ll find a new favorite soon.
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