Holy bagels, those are good

by Sofia Casillas

Antonio Zaragoza / Photo Editor
Antonio Zaragoza / Photo Editor

Whoever said San Diego bagels aren’t as authentic, scrumptious or as messy as New York bagels was definitely wrong. Big City Bagels, located on University Avenue in Hillcrest, offers customers fresh, homemade, quality bagels for breakfast on the go or for a casual sit-in breakfast with a close friend.

As customers walk into Big City Bagels, a homey and cozy vibe is immediately felt from the other side of the display case. Employees warmly greet customers from the bagel counter with a “big bagel grin.” The wares these bagel connoisseurs distribute are as deliciously doughy as they look.

Bagel enthusiasts looking for an affordable yet substantive breakfast can order from the endless baskets of bagels including plain, sesame, poppy, onion, everything, pumpernickel / rye, honey whole wheat, blueberry, cinnamon raisin and whole-grain everything bagels — for only 99 cents each.

All bagel aficionados will extol the shmear as crucial to a true bagel experience. Big City Bagels offers an abundant range of spreads for its customers including cream cheese, peanut butter, lox, hummus or tofutti (a vegan option). Prices for a bagel smattered with any of these exclusive spreads cost $1.99 or more, depending on the spread.

In addition to the freshly baked bagels churned out daily, Big City Bagels also offers breakfast sandwiches consisting of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage or veggies, all for less than $5. Although bagels are chiefly identified as a breakfast food, that does not prevent Big City Bagels from offering massive, cheesy and mouth-watering bagel lunch sandwiches.

The “5th Ave.,” recommended by the staff, is a lunch sandwich of oven-roasted turkey, thick, melted Muenster cheese, avocado, tomato, garlic herb and cream cheese all on top of a sesame bagel.

Before discovering Big City Bagels, most people have the displeasure associated with stuffing their mouths with cardboard bagels their entire lives. While all these other imposturous bagel joints have been ripping everyone off and feeding them fake bagels, Big City Bagels allows customers to taste the truth. Its bagels aren’t too crunchy or too soft; they are baked at the perfect temperature. Take the time to savor each bite of nirvana.

Avoid generic bagels and make the necessary pilgrimage to Big City Bagels in Hillcrest.

Big City Bagels
1010 University Ave.
San Diego, 92103