I’ve never been a coffee drinker, and I rarely eat bagels, so when I saw Bagels & Brew, it never dawned on me to give them a try. It wasn’t until my friend suggested we have lunch here that I actually found what that this place was SO much more than just coffee and bagels.
There were a few of us so we managed to try several things including an array of sandwiches they have on offer.
We started with some breakfast selections including Sunrise Supreme ($4.99), a bagel of your choice filled with egg, bacon, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, and schmear of cream cheese. I’m not into breakfast sandwiches of any kind, but this was tasty and I liked how they didn’t skimp on the fillings at all. It was actually bursting out of the bagel whenever I took a bite.
If I were to order a breakfast sandwich, this would be the one I’d choose. Pesto Florentine Sunrise ($4.99) combines together everything that is delicious. Although the menu says scrambled egg, it was more like an omelette. Spinach, mushrooms, tomato, Swiss cheese and pesto aioli makes for something so delicious you’ll have to taste it to believe it.
If you don’t want something carby, choose the Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Omelet ($6.89) filled with gooey jack cheese. Again, they don’t skimp on ingredients and you will taste all the bacon and cheese, creamy avocado and fresh tomatoes in a really delicious breakfast.
When The Mission Viejo ($4.99) arrived, I had to smile. This is one of my favorite snacks at home, sans the cream cheese and I have it on toast. Avocado and tomatoes are topped on a bagel smothered with a cream cheese of your choice, and then sprinkled with lemon pepper. A really simple meal any time of the day.
Havarti Florentine ($7.29) is a sandwich packed with grilled turkey breast, sauteed spinach, dill havarti, grilled onions, tomato and mayo. If I were to pick a sandwich, this would be it! Served with house-made potato chips, the generous portion is ample enough for a healthy appetite.
If you’re looking for something lighter, try the Portofino Salmon Salad ($10.50), a piece of grilled salmon fillet served on top of field greens, goat cheese, medley of roasted artichoke, red peppers, tomatoes, onions tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.
As if that wasn’t enough, Bagels & Brew also offers burgers on the menu. Southwest Angus Burger ($7.49) is a hand formed 1/2 lb Angus pattie, topped with avocado, ortega green chili, jack, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and house sauce in an OC Baking Company potato bun. The result? Even the pickiest eater will find this very tasty!
And if you’re in the neighborhood during dinner hours, Bagels & Brew has a dinner menu not many seem to know about. The Salmon plate ($10.95) is a piece of grilled salmon topped with mango salsa served with delicious cheese toast, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables and some rice. Healthy, delicious and a good size portion for $11.
I was very impressed by Bagels & Brew and its extensive menu offered early in the morning until evening. The majority of the menu is made in-house and they great pride in this aspect of the family-owned business. Everything is fresh, healthy and things I am happy to feed my child with.
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Bagels & Brew
23052 Alicia Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
21771 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
26601 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656