Finally, the blog post and restaurant review I've been promising you all:
(on Connecticut Ave, North of Dupont Circle)
This is a favorite spot of mine.
I used to live a few blocks from the original, in Bethesda Row.
Luckily, the Dupont location opened right before I moved into the District.
Oddly enough, it has attracted nearly the same sort of crowd:
Most customers seem to be young, either in casual or active wear.
It's usually packed on the weekends when we stop by, particularly between 11 AM and 1 PM.
But the wait is worth it!
They've got 23 types of handmade bagels, tons of spreads, and a variety of overstuffed "sandwiches":
For larger orders you can pick out spreads that all of your hungry co-workers will love:
[I used to buy the Light Lox Spread and eat it at home on Wheat Thins ^^]
As you approach the counter, you'll notice they also have freshly-made glazed donuts,
a few of which are always oversized - perfect for sharing!
Pizza is baked around 11 AM, and "pizza bagels" are also set out, ready for toasting:
Once you order, it takes a few minutes for your Bagel Artist to prep your meal.
M usually gets his coke in the meantime.
Notice the bagel wallpaper!
My very first order, in Bethesda, was the
Melted Mozzarella, Pesto & Tomato on wheat, open-faced & toasted ($4.99):
It's M's favorite now ^^
Once I took a leap and ordered a Toasted Wheat Bagel with Sun-Dried Tomato cream cheese ($3.26):
Now I have a tough time deciding which one of the two to order...
We usually take our bagels to-go and eat outside or at home,
but this time we snagged two stools near the windows.
They're great for people watching:
The Bethesda Bagel logo is admittedly a bit corny, but you'll quickly overlook it.
After a bit of progress...
...we took our last bites:
M.m.mm - hits the spot. every. time.
The Mozzarella Pesto Bagel is a bit messy due to the pesto oil,
but the messier it is, the better it tastes!
Previously impartial to them, M now shares the same addicted-enthusiasm for bagels that I do.
We are happy to highly recommend this spot to anyone and everyone.
Bonus: they also work with Groupon, so keep an eye out for great deals!
I actually bought one recently:
If you have a chance to stop by, let me know!