Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Bagel Bin Cafe

(more photos)

update: no longer in business

Last Friday, I had breakfast with my mom at the place voted "Best Bagel Shop" in City's "Best of Rochester" awards last year: the Bagel Bin Cafe in Brighton. The egg-and-cheese bagel in the photo above isn't mine, though -- I couldn't pass up the Belgian waffle with strawberries, so mine was a bagel-free breakfast. (The cafe offers other choices for breakfast, too, like French toast or a breakfast wrap.)

For lunch, served 11 to 4, choices include bagel sandwiches, salads, and soup, with cookies, brownies, bars, and other treats for dessert. I'd estimate that there were about 30 bagel varieties behind the counter, although the website lists 22, not counting bagel sticks or bialys. I can't comment on many of them -- I usually go for my old standard, sesame.

The cafe wasn't too busy at 9:45 a.m. on a Friday, but our food took longer than usual. (Diners order at the counter and wait at their tables.) When it arrived, I noticed my waffle had turned black around the bottom edges (and was a bit too crispy overall), and the egg in my mom's bagel sandwich looked slightly overdone. But my waffle was topped with a generous helping of strawberry slices and what I think was real cream. Beside my mom's sandwich was a big strawberry, which was a nice surprise.

Another surprise was the bill: $13.40 seemed high for a waffle, bagel sandwich, cup of tea, and bottle of juice. Still, as long as the cafe stays open, I'll keep coming to the Bagel Bin.

TIP: Don't miss the Oreo bars.

NEARBY: Abbott's and Aja Noodle are in the same plaza.

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