13 Eats: This week we went to Gaslight Village to try out a small shop with great flavors.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – There is no shortage of incredible restaurants in Grand Rapids. But with so many options, how do you choose where to treat yourself? We – 13 ON YOUR SIDE digital producers Riley and Amy – set out to find the tastiest places in the area and document our journey with a new series called 13 Eats.
13 Eats focuses on the best local restaurants in the Grand Rapids area. If you are a foodie, you are in for a treat. This week’s restaurant is Bagel Kitchen.
About the bagel kitchen
Located in the bustling and bustling heart of the Gaslight Village of East Grand Rapids, Bagel Kitchen is a small store with a big personality. The sun-drenched restaurant just opened this year, serving boiled and hand-rolled bagels every day. A total of 11 bagel flavors make up the menu, paired with five flavors of cream cheese and five mouthwatering sandwiches.
A single bagel costs only $ 2, a cream cheese bagel costs $ 3, and a half-dozen costs $ 11. You can also buy an entire eight-ounce jar of cream cheese for just $ 4.50! With an assortment of bagels, cream cheese, sandwiches and artisan drinks, Bagel Kitchen serves delicious food at affordable prices. It is open from 6.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 7.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. That means crispy, hot quality seven days a week.
► Find out more about Bagel Kitchen here.
When we entered Bagel Kitchen, we were absolutely struck by the number of pyramids of sparkling bagels on the counter, waiting to be devoured. There were a lot of mouthwatering options, but we decided to try something a little salty and something else a little sweet. We opted for a Manhattan sandwich and a cranberry nut bagel with cinnamon cream cheese. With a latte as the icing on the cake, we sat down ready to demolish a brunch.
We started with the Manhattan Sandwich, an onion bagel loaded with stacked ham, cheddar cheese, and chive cream cheese. When we pulled the sizzling delicacy out of its paper bag, we were greeted with a golden, melting, toasted bagel sandwich. It was crispy on the outside but not hard to bite into, and the center dough was soft and chewy. The sandwich was incredibly balanced and each ingredient paired perfectly with its counterpart – nothing was too potent, but nothing was dull either. We took each bite with anticipation and were sad when there was none left.
Bagel cuisine: the food
With Manhattan done, we looked at our sweet option: a cranberry and nut bagel topped with cinnamon cream cheese. Much like the outer layer of our sandwich, the Cranberry Nut Bagel was a perfect combination of crispy and chewy. Granted, we’re not the biggest fans of sweet bagels. But this combination made us a believer. The cinnamon cream cheese balanced out the acidity of the cranberry and the sweet flavors weren’t too potent. Make sure to ask for it grilled if you want an even more gooey, gooey treat.
To end our 13 Eats trip at Bagel Kitchen, we ordered a true coffee classic: the latte. The taste was exactly as we expected, but the design made it even more perfect. It was the most appreciated partner of our bagels.
► See the full menu here.
Bagel Kitchen offers the perfect take-out meal and the most suitable environment to enjoy it. We pulled up on a sunny November afternoon, with colorful, crunchy leaves covering the sidewalks and shoppers marching to their next destination.
East Grand Rapids is the place to be for all that Bagel Kitchen has to offer. While the interior is modern and gorgeous, with giant oval mirrors and fun wallpaper filling the room, taking out your delicious meal and enjoying the charming surroundings is equally wonderful.
Bagel cuisine: the atmosphere
If you choose to take advantage of the glamorous decor inside, you will be struck by the intoxicating smells of homemade dough, freshly brewed coffee and good toast. The workers are friendly and the environment feels like a calming cafe with a fun twist.
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To put it simply, Bagel Kitchen offers delicious food, great prices, and beautiful surroundings, all come together to make it a perfect destination for a brunch or a quick lunch. We came for the charming address of Gaslight Village, but stayed for the variety of delicious, carefully crafted homemade options.
The place looks young, but classic. New, but well-loved. Original, but proven. We recommend the food, but we also recommend the ambiance.
A giant crowd of high school students tumbled through the entrance at exactly noon, making a line that reached the door. We arrived just in time to see the place in full swing, workers cutting freshly made bagels and steaming milk on a giant espresso machine.
We know any lunch destination would do well in this location, with a crowd of college students just around the corner ready for a meal. Still, we can’t help but be jealous that they can enjoy Bagel Kitchen every day of the week.
►Bagel Kitchen is located at 2228 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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