Bagel and Lox at Old School Bagel Cafe in Oklahoma City

Old School Bagel Cafe: bagel delight

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Exterior of Old School Bagel Cafe in Oklahoma City

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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.

Have you been to Old School Bagel Cafe? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • Elizabeth says:
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm   

    My husband and I are huge fans of Old School Bagel Cafe and both of us frequent the Norman location. The Wasabi Bomb is my favorite and offers quite a kick.

  • Judy Moff says:
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:57 pm   

    Thank you, a real bagel in OKC! Never again
    Panera!!! I visit the Broadway & 33 location in
    Edmond.

  • Debbie says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:29 am   

    We have been going to Old School Bagels Cafe since they opened. Although we live in Edmond, our regular stop every other Sunday morning is at the May and Hefner location to see “Ernie the eel” as my grandson has named him. Owners and staff have made the place what it is…love them all!

  • Tim says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:44 am   

    The bagels really are a cut above. I also like the fact that they have the “build your own” option with a flat price around $5.49 for your choice of bagel and pretty much any topping you want.

  • Martha says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am   

    THE BEST! I’m from upstate NY and this is what bagels are supposed to be! Service is awesome too! I have been going to May and Hefner location since they opened. Open early am too! Excellent for workday breakfast. (who can make it to work on time when a breakfast place opens at 8? Bagel Cafe at May and Hefner open at 6 on weekdays!)

    My daughter is in high school and she loves to go with her friends for breakfast or lunch.

  • Jennifer M. says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 9:57 am   

    Best bagels in town. They are definitely heavy on the cream cheese, but I love going here for breakfast. Wish they would put one in midtown area

  • Tim says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 3:48 pm   

    Old School continues to be a regular morning stop for me. I love the simple, inexpensive bagel breakfast sandwiches.

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