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.
This week, I have a $25 gift card to give away to one lucky winner. Leave me a comment and tell me your experiences with Bagels & Brew or why you would like to visit, if you haven’t already. Please leave your FULL name or your entries will not be valid. Entries close on Sunday.
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
“And so much more” is right! I can’t believe they have all those items on the menu and are able to execute them so well.
One of my favorite things in the entire world is a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. So of course I’ve had to try it here and it’s good. I’ve had a couple other things there too and nothing has disappointed so far. ~Adrea Reed
John and Karen Terry says
Have not tired them yet and would love to after reading your comments. Like you, based on the name would never have stopped to try them. Living down here in South County, we appreciate that you will tell us about restaurants down this way. Anita, come on down to San Clemente and tell us what you think about restaurants. We value your insights!
Mad Hungry Woman says
I’m going to have to make my way to South County soon — thanks for your feedback — it’s always an area I don’t think about too much, but will make an effort to from now on. Thanks for your comments.
Caryn Chernin says
Love Bagels & Brew! Best bagels and bialys around. We go to the original location in Mission Viejo. They have a great menu, and the onion bialys are to die for. Love the flagels too, since I usually scoop out my bagels anyway.
Lori Birdzell says
I LOVE this place…I live in Orange and drive here for bagels every chance I get…they are the best, the freshest and the yummiest!! I haven’t tried any of their sandwiches yet, but they look delish! Will have to!!
Lauren Lim says
I love bagels, and the bagel sandwiches look really good!
Madeline Chu says
I’ve always driven by Bagels & Brew and wanted to try it, now you’ve made me want to go right now!! The Salmon and Angus Burger look delicious. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Debbie Miller says
I love the food at Bagels & Brew and also have always been impressed with their responsiveness on social media.
Debbie Miller says
I love Bagels & Brew and have also been impressed with their responsiveness on social media.
Eileen Tien says
There’s one right by our house in Aliso Viejo. We usually just get their dozen bagels to take home. They have great bagels!
Our family LOVES Bagels N Brew. My 5 kids have grown up going there. We used to go almost every day when they were little and I was in survival mode. The customers are all “regulars” and we have met some really great people there. On any given day, we can go in there and know someone….on Monday, a lady stopped me and said she remembers when I was pregnant and can’t believe how big my kids are! That is cool…. We would love to win a gift card to buy lunch with! Thanks for the great write up!!
Bridee Schrier says
ooops full name: Bridee Schrier
Kristin Sellars says
We love bagels and brew and take our family there every Sunday before church. Our favorites are the cinnamon chip bagels and the sunrise sandwich. So good!!
Jonnie Mitchell says
Love my Bagels & Brew! They have a great variety of great food but I confess that I can’t NOT get my favorite which is simply poached eggs with a whole grain bagel. Simply delicious!
Michele Mock says
Bagels & Brew is amazing! My husband and I go there every weekend. We LOVE their food!!!
Rachel han says
I love bagels and can’t believe I haven’t tried this place yet. I need to check it out.
I have never been, but I do love bagels! Definitely going to have to try.
Mad Hungry Woman says
congratulations, you are the winner of the Bagels & Brew giveaway!
Caryn Chernin says
Wow, lucky Rena!
Jon Tang says
Yum, I love bagel sandwiches. The pic you took of the pesto florentine sunrise is making me hungry! I’d def try that one. Looks delicious!
Michelle Lynn Terry says
I want to try Bagels & Brew because I’ve never been and the picture of the Havarti Florentine is making me salivate!!!!! All the foods looks amazing!
tina de jonge says
I will try them out for sure, I love the Mission Viejo bagel, delicious, strangely enough it is called an Alisio Viejo bagel at the bagel place I go to
Trina Diep says
I love Bagels & Brew! They serve Kean coffee. I usually grab a sunrise sandwich or oatmeal to start the weekend right.