Bagel Brothers of New York
I was definitely ready to drop into Bagel Brothers of NY in Downtown Stuart after passing it so many times. Their shop looked nice, their signage and logo was great (always a good sign – no pun intended) and I enjoy a good bagel sandwich from time to time. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about eating a sandwich from a bagel shop that is deeply enjoyable.
I assumed they’d have some sort of vegetarian option. A dangerous assumption, I know, but an assumption that proved true. There was only one item in the restaurant sans meat, but it sure looked tasty. The Eggplant Special, it was called. And special it was. It had a few very thinly sliced pieces of breaded eggplant topped with mozzarella, roasted red peppers (though they were sparse), and Bagel Brothers’ special tomato basil mayo on tasty deli-style bread. They plucked the pre-made sandwich – made early that afternoon – from the display case and tossed it on the Panini maker. I love paninis.
And it was quite tasty. I don’t usually care for mayo, but it mixed in with the melted cheesy and added just enough extra flavor to be delightful. It came with a pickle spear and a little cup of one of their four “salads” – macaroni, potato, cucumber and tomato or coleslaw. I had the tomato and cucumber, but it was a bit too vinagery for my taste. But all in all I was very pleased with my lunch. I’d certainly order it again.
I should also mention that I asked the guy behind the counter what vegetarian options there were – their menu board was a little confusing and lacking in pricing info – he recommended the Eggplant Special and then told me he could also put something together just for me. Now that’s customer service! I was highly impressed.
Of course in addition to paninis, wraps, salads and sandwiches, many of which they make to order, they also have breakfast and bagels. Plenty of bagels. All of which are baked on the premises daily. I probably should have taken some home for breakfast, but it wasn’t 2:00 yet. Yes, after 2:00 you can purchase any number of bagels and they’ll give you the same amount free in addition to the ones you ordered. Pretty great deal, huh?
Inside, Bagel Brothers looked like a little deli café. Not too many tables, a few more outside, which is where I usually prefer to sit, but not too crowded. Lunch will run you anywhere between $5.75 to $7.75, but the there’s quite a bit of food and with the option of adding a muffin or homemade dessert, you won’t leave hungry.
I’ll be back to Bagel Brothers of NY and I recommend it to those milling about Downtown, too.